Map of Attractions in Old San Juan

1 | Fort de San Filipe del Morro

What began as a single defensive tower would eventually become a major fort on the island that served as a defense against any approaching naval ships. Today the site is located in and administered by the Sna Juan National Historic Site, a branch of the US National Parks Service.

Interested guests will find this historical site on the western outskirts of Viejo San Juan, a half mile (a kilometer) to the northwest of the center of Old San Juan.

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1 | Casa Rosa

Casa Rosa has quite a varied history. Built in 1812 as a military barracks, it was later reassigned as officer quarters by 1881.

This historical site is located only 0.3 miles (0.5 km) from the center of Old San Juan.

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2 | Cultura Puertorriquena Museo

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.

This museum can be found in downtown Old San Juan, about a hundred yards (a couple hundred meters) from Casa Rosa.

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3 | Ballaja Plaza

Situated in downtown Old San Juan, this park is located less than a hundred yards (less than a hundred meters) from Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena.

4 | Casa Blanca

Once the residence of the first governor of Puerto Rico, Juan Ponce de Leon, this White House is now a museum that presents life in Puerto Rico during the 1500's and the 1600's.

This museum can be found at 316 Calle Fortaleza, and is about a hundred yards (a couple hundred meters) from Ballaja Plaza.

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5 | Museo de las Americas

This museum highlights the cultural and artistic achievements that the people of the Americas have made over the past several centuries. The museum includes the progress of the natives, settlers, and modern people from as far north as Alaska to the Southern tip of Argentina.

Travel about a hundred yards (a couple hundred meters) from La Casa Blanca to get to this museum, which is situated on Norzagaray Street.

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6 | Plaza De Beneficencia

This park can be found less than a hundred yards (about a hundred meters) from Museo de las Américas.

7 | Ballaja Barracks

After years of being used as an army barracks building, the Ballaja Barracks was given to the government of Puerto Rico in 1976 to be used as a cultural and educational center. After several years of preparation and restoration, the Barracks opened to the public, hosting a museum, a number of educational programs, and more.

Plaza De Beneficencia is about a hundred yards (a couple hundred meters) to the south of this historical site.

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8 | Plaza V Centenario

Found on Norzagaray Street, this park is located less than a hundred yards (about a hundred meters) from Ballaja Barracks.

9 | Totem

Hard to miss, this giant native-style totem pole juts out of the ground and goes forty feet into the air. It was built in 1992 to commemorate the native culture, and has since then become a popular spot for photograph taking tourists and relaxing locals.

This monument is just outside the heart of downtown Old San Juan, and is less than a hundred yards (less than a hundred meters) from Plaza V Centenario.

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10 | Archbishop's Palace

Totem is a short distance to the north of this historical site.

11 | 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.

Interested guests will be able to find this museum at 150 Calle Cristo, a short distance from Archbishop's Palace.

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12 | Galeria Nacional Museum

At Galeria Nacional Museum, guests can view some of the most important and influential pieces of artwork created by Puerto Rican artists.

From Children's Museum, go a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer) to the north to get to this museum.

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13 | Museo de Nuestra Raiz Africana

Located in Casa del Contrefueras, Museo de Nustra Raiz Afrcana is a sociological look at how slavery played a role in the history of Puerto Rico. Visitors often comment on the pit they feel in their stomach as they tour the museum and learn of the horrendous time in history, but would recommend it as an honest and enlightening look at the subject of slavery.

This museum is located near the heart of downtown Old San Juan, and is less than a hundred yards (less than a hundred meters) from Galeria Nacional Museum.

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14 | San Juan National Historic Site

The San Juan National Historic Site is the overarching Historic Zone that includes much of Old San Juan. Within the zone are the two main forts, Castillo San Cristobal and San Felipe del Morro, as well as several other historic sites.

Head less than a hundred yards (less than a hundred meters) from Museo de Nuestra Raiz Africana to find this historical site.

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15 | Plaza Felisa Rincon De Gautier

Visitors can find this park a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer) from San Juan National Historic Site.

16 | Pablo Casals Museum

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.

This museum can be found near the middle of downtown Old San Juan, a short distance from Plaza Felisa Rincon De Gautier.

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17 | Museum Of Our African Heritage

African slavery was an issue in Puerto Rico just as it was in the United States, much of Europe, and the Caribbean. Learn about how slavery affected Puerto Rico at the Museum of Our African Heritage.

Visitors can find this museum at 319 Calle Fortaleza, a short distance from Pablo Casals Museum.

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18 | Cathedral of San Juan Bautista

The Cathedral is one of the oldest in the Americas, with construction started in 1521, less than thirty years after Christopher Columbus' first voyage. Since its final completion in 1529, mass has been held here and continues to be today.

Go a couple hundred yards (a few hundred meters) from Museum Of Our African Heritage to find this historical site, which is located on the premises of Cathedral Of San Juan Bautista.

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19 | Casa De Los Dos Zaguanes

This historical site can be found in the heart of downtown Old San Juan, and is a short distance from Cathedral of San Juan Bautista.

20 | Casa de los Contrafuertes

This old and large house was built in the early 1700's and is rich in the traditional Spanish Architecture. Today it is the location of a small museum features some history of pharmacies on the island, and an art gallery.

Visitors can find this historical site at 101 Calle San Sebastian, a short distance from Casa De Los Dos Zaguanes.

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1 | Plaza La Barandilla/ La Barandilla Stairs

Make your way a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer) from the center of Old San Juan to reach this park.

2 | Plaza Salvador Brau

You can find this park less than a hundred yards (less than a hundred meters) from Plaza La Barandilla/ La Barandilla Stairs.

2 | Fort San Cristóbal

Finished in 1783, Fort San Cristobal is the largest fort the Spanish ever built in the New World. The fort's gates completely sealed of Old San Juan from the rest of the island, protecting it from an attack by land.

You can find this historical site near the heart of Viejo San Juan, 0.5 miles (0.8 km) to the east-northeast of the center of Old San Juan.

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3 | Ateneo Puertorriqueño

Founded in 1876, Ateneo Puertorriqueño is the oldest and one of Puerto Rico's most important cultural institutions. It began as the first center for higher learning on the island, where some of the brightest minds have free lectures on the arts, and evolved into the center is it today featuring a school, library, museum, and performance hall.

This historical site can be found near the middle of Viejo San Juan, a couple hundred yards (a few hundred meters) south of Fort San Cristóbal.

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4 | Spanish House

This historical site is located in the heart of Viejo San Juan, 0.1 miles (0.1 km) from Ateneo Puertorriqueño.

1 | Plaza San Juan Bautista

Once used as a parade route for Spanish Troops, now Plaza San Juan Bautista is now a National Historic Landmark where visitors can view a number of historic buildings and sculptures.

Situated in the heart of Viejo San Juan, this historical site is 0.7 miles (1.1 km) east of the center of Old San Juan.

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1 | Paseo De Morro

Located at the San Juan National Historic Site, Paseo de Morro is a trail that surrounds the city of Old San Juan, a path that directly corresponds with the masonry walls. Guests are welcome to walk the trail to learn more about the history of Old San Juan.

This historical site is located a short distance from the center of Old San Juan.

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2 | San Juan Gate

Once the border of San Juan, the gate and its wall stood to defend the city from all enemies. This is a good starting point for anyone looking to explore the historic district and enter the city as the same way as those centuries ago.

This historical site is located within walking distance from Paseo De Morro.

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3 | Plaza De La Rogativa

When you're coming from San Juan Gate, go within walking distance north to reach this park.

4 | Museo Felisa Rincaan

Museo Felisa Rincaan de Gautier celebrates the life of none other than Felisa Rincaan de Gautier, a public figure in San Juan who, among other things, serves as mayor of the town. She worked throughout her whole life to improve Puerto Rico, and now she is honored with a museum that discusses her life and all that she worked to achieve.

Head a short distance from Plaza De La Rogativa to get to this museum, which is situated at 51 Caleta de San Juan.

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5 | Felisa Rincon de Gautier Museum

The first woman to be elected mayor of San Juan was Dona Felisa Rincon. She served between the years of 1946 and 1968, and not only blazed trails for women to follow, but is an important icon to all Puerto Ricans.

This museum is located on Caleta de San Juan No. 51, and is less than a hundred yards (less than a hundred meters) from Museo Felisa Rincaan de Gautier.

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6 | La Fortaleza

La Fortaleza, or the Governor's Mansion, is the oldest continuously inhabited building in the entire New World. There are gardens here that visitors can explore and admire.

This historical site can be found a couple hundred yards (a few hundred meters) from Felisa Rincon de Gautier Museum, and is near the heart of downtown Old San Juan.

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7 | Raices Fountain

One of the most romantic spots in Old San Juan, Raices Fountain is an important testimant to the cultures that built the island of Puerto Rico and made it the melting pot that it is today. Designed by architect Miguel Carlo and completed in May of 1992, this fountain honors the island's heritage.

If you are coming from La Fortaleza, go about a hundred yards (a couple hundred meters) to the southeast to locate this monument.

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8 | Red Palace

This historical site is near the middle of downtown Old San Juan, a short distance from Raices Fountain.

9 | Paseo La Princesa

Situated near the heart of downtown Old San Juan, this park is a short distance from Red Palace.

10 | La Princesa Promenade

Go less than a hundred yards (less than a hundred meters) from Paseo La Princesa to get to this historical site.

11 | Parque De Las Palomas

Visitors can find this park near the heart of downtown Old San Juan, less than a hundred yards (less than a hundred meters) from La Princesa Promenade.

12 | Museo de Artes Populares

The Museo de Artes Populares features an assortment of art pieces made by both famous and local artist ranging in style and medium. Visitors will always be able to see some wonderful examples of contemporary Caribbean Art, as well as an assortment of ever rotating exhibits.

This art museum is a short distance from Parque De Las Palomas, and is on Calle del Cristo.

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13 | Plaza De Armas

Head a short distance from Museo de Artes Populares to reach this park.

14 | Casa Ramon Power

Ramon Power, born in 1775 in Puerto Rico, was once of the first men to refer to himself as Puerto Rican. He would go on in life to fight for Puerto Rican representation in the Spanish Parliament.

Found at 155 Tetuán Street, this historical site is about a hundred yards (a few hundred meters) from Plaza De Armas.

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2 | Plaza Arturo Somohano

When you're coming from the center of Old San Juan, go a quarter mile (a half kilometer) to the east to find this park.

1 | Caballito del Mar

Created by local artist Jose Ignacio Morales, this tall seahorse stands against the city for all walking along the Bahia Urbana to appreciate.

This monument can be found 0.6 miles (0.9 km) from the center of Old San Juan, and is on Bahia Urabana.

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1 | Arsenal De Marina

Once a foothold of power for the naval might of the Spanish Empire, the Spanish Naval Force in Puerto Rico once helped Spain control the Caribbean. The building itself is part of that history, as it was the final stronghold of Spain against the United States during the Spanish-American War.

This art museum is located on Calle Puntilla, and is just 0.3 miles (0.4 km) from the center of Old San Juan.

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2 | Plaza Darsenas & La Casita

This park is located a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer) from El Arsenal De La Marina: Gallery, and is at 27 Calle Manuel Enrique.

This map depicts the approximate location of 45 attractions in Old San Juan.

To get a close-up view of an individual area, or to get info concerning individual places, use your mouse to click on each location. Another alternative is to interact with the map by using the table below. To try this, just click on the colored map dot shown in the far left column, or you can click on the location description shown in the final column.

Points of Interest Near Old San Juan
Click to Show Name (Click to Read Article) Area/Vicinity (Click to Show on Map)
Archbishop's Palace Old San Juan
Ateneo Puertorriqueño 0.5 mi. East of Old San Juan
Ballaja Barracks Old San Juan
Ballaja Plaza Old San Juan
Caballito del Mar 0.6 mi. East of Old San Juan
Casa De Los Dos Zaguanes Old San Juan
Casa Ramon Power y Giralt Old San Juan
Casa Rosa Old San Juan
Casa de los Contrafuertes Old San Juan
Cathedral of San Juan Bautista Old San Juan
Children's Museum Old San Juan
El Arsenal De La Marina: Gallery Old San Juan
Felisa Rincon de Gautier Museum Old San Juan
Fort San Cristóbal 0.5 mi. East-Northeast of Old San Juan
Fort de San Filipe del Morro 0.6 mi. Northwest of Old San Juan
Galeria Nacional Museum Old San Juan
Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena Old San Juan
La Casa Blanca Old San Juan
La Fortaleza Old San Juan
La Princesa Promenade Old San Juan
Museo Felisa Rincaan de Gautier Old San Juan
Museo de Artes Populares Old San Juan
Museo de Nuestra Raiz Africana Old San Juan
Museo de las Américas Old San Juan
Museum Of Our African Heritage Old San Juan
Pablo Casals Museum Old San Juan
Parque De Las Palomas Old San Juan
Paseo De Morro Old San Juan
Paseo La Princesa Old San Juan
Plaza Arturo Somohano Old San Juan
Plaza Darsenas & La Casita Old San Juan
Plaza De Armas Old San Juan
Plaza De Beneficencia Old San Juan
Plaza De La Rogativa Old San Juan
Plaza Felisa Rincon De Gautier Old San Juan
Plaza La Barandilla/ La Barandilla Stairs Old San Juan
Plaza Salvador Brau Old San Juan
Plaza San Juan Bautista 0.7 mi. East of Old San Juan
Plaza V Centenario Old San Juan
Raices Fountain Old San Juan
Red Palace Old San Juan
San Juan Gate Old San Juan
San Juan National Historic Site Old San Juan
Spanish House 0.6 mi. East of Old San Juan
Totem Old San Juan

 

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