Attractions in Old San Juan

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Old San Juan is the historic district of Puerto Rico's oldest settlement, San Juan. The narrow cobblestone streets and brick and stone buildings set the tone for the history you feel simply walking around here, and as you make your way around town you'll be confronted with dozens upon dozens of museums and landmarks.  A collection of public parks bring nature to the town, while beaches and casinos provide the entertainment.


Condado Beach

You'll discover a large number of beaches to consider, though each of them are found in neighboring areas. You can click on the beach names for a detailed review of that specific beach.

A beach scene where snorkeling is a popular is Escambrion Beach. Escambrion Beach is accessible off Calle San Augustin. There is a paved parking lot available for a fee of $4(USD).

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A second place that beach-goers can consider is Condado Beach. To access Condado Beach, take Avenida Ashford to Park la Ventana al Mar where you will find parking.

Parque Beach: Parque Beach is lined with well manicured tropical palms, and features fine tan colored sand and deep blue waters.

Nearby areas have a full range of beaches to choose from. To navigate to our page about beaches, go to this article.

Landmark Attractions

Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena

A common landmark for vacationers is Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena. It is found within Old San Juan. Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena is the official museum that houses all things of cultural significance in Puerto Rico, from performance and visual arts to science and history. The institute was created in 1955 with the sole purpose of preserving the culture of the island and continues to do so to this day.

Another landmark worth visiting is Pablo Casals Museum. It is located in Old San Juan. Visitors are invited to tour the home of Pablo Casals, and view all things that are important to his rise as a classical music legend. These include his manuscripts, awards, personal letters, and instruments.

Children's Museum: The Children's Museum in San Juan is a great place to take the island's youngest set to learn about a wide variety of subjects, from arts and science to history. There are plenty of fun hands on activities and exhibits that will get every child interested in learning.

That's not all -- there are a range of other sites to visit. Navigate here to read our page dedicated to other interesting places to visit in this area.

Natural Attractions

Old San Juan has some other nature attractions. Use this link to read our page dedicated to natural attractions in this area.


Ready for some action? Travelers who'd like to try their luck in some gaming action will discover a handful of places to do so nearby.

Casino Metro, which is part of Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino, is located in Miramar, 2.0 mi. East-Southeast of central Old San Juan. Part lounge, part casino, and all fun, Casino Metro is an adult's playground featuring games of luck, local bands, and twelve HD TV's broadcasting live sports and music videos. Whether you are in the mood to take a chance with the slots and tables, or you just plan on grabbing a seat and sipping a drink, Casino Metro offers a place to relax and enjoy the excitement.

Casino del Mar, a part of Renaissance La Concha A Renaissance Resort, is situated in Condado District, 2.9 mi. East of central Old San Juan. The casino falls in line with the general theme of the resort, and has a very chic design that will have you feeling classy just by being there.

Marriott Stellaris Casino has a collection of games for gamers to enjoy, including Bingo, Blackjack, Blackjack - Video, Craps, and Poker - Video Table. Enjoy a night of electric energy filled with fun and games at the Stellaris Casino in San Juan. This locale is a popular part of the island's nightlife, where people come to play the slots and the over 20 exciting table games.

These examples are just some of the places worth checking out Click here to visit our page dedicated to gaming close to Old San Juan.


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