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 will discover a large selection of beaches to enjoy, although all of them are found nearby. You can click on the beach names for detailed information about that particular stretch of sand.

If you like snorkeling, a place offering that option 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 location worth considering is Condado Beach. Situated in the western corner of San Juan, Condado Beach is protected by a natural rock barrier that creates smooth waters. The beach is modest, but features tan colored sand, aquamarine waters, plenty of shade, and a separate lagoon.

Parque Beach: Parque Beach is so named because it is backed by a city park called Parque el Indio. Visitors can split their time between the beach and the park, making this stretch of Puerto Rico coast line double the fun.

These are only a few of the available options. To visit our detailed guide to beaches, read this article.

Landmark Attractions

Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena. It is located in 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 that often intrigues visitors is Pablo Casals Museum. It is located in Old San Juan. Pablo Casals was a popular cellist from Puerto Rico who changed the face of classical music. Lovers of the style will certainly not want to miss the opportunity to get into Casals head by touring his once home.

Children's Museum: The Children's Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

That's not all -- you'll find many other choices as well. If interested, you can get more details about other interesting places to visit in Old San Juan here.

Natural Attractions

Luckily, there are many other choices too. Those needing to find out more about natural attractions in this area, can learn more by going to this page.


Feeling lucky? Guests wanting to try their luck in some gaming action will find lots of alternatives 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. Whether you're a member of the Player's Club or not, you'll certainly have the time of your life playing one of many popular table games like blackjack or roulette. One of the biggest slot machine selections on the island is available here as well, including Cash Express and Mystic Temple.

If you enjoy the simplicity of playing the slots, consider giving Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza Casino a try. This casino features over 350 slot machines in a 12,500 square foot facility. You can place a bet that ranges anywhere from five cents all the way up to $25 at one of these machines, and when you win, you really win big.

Casino del Mar has a collection of games for patrons to enjoy, including Baccarat - Mini, Blackjack, Blackjack - Progressive, Craps, and Poker - 3 card. As you walk into La Concha Resort, you won't miss the casino that is located right off the main lobby. At the casino you will see plenty of table games and themed slots to keep you busy for hours.

These examples are merely a few of the options that are available. Click here to view our page concerning gaming close to Old San Juan.


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