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.

Situated in the western part of Viejo San Juan, this historical site is located 0.6 miles (1.0 km) 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.

The center of Old San Juan is a quarter mile (a half kilometer) east of this historical site.

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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.

Casa Rosa is located about a hundred yards (a couple hundred meters) to the south of this museum.

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3 | Ballaja Plaza

Make your way less than a hundred yards (less than a hundred meters) from Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena to reach this park.

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.

Found at 316 Calle Fortaleza, this museum is located 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.

Make your way about a hundred yards (a couple hundred meters) from La Casa Blanca to find this museum, which is located on Norzagaray Street.

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6 | Plaza De Beneficencia

Travel less than a hundred yards (about a hundred meters) from Museo de las Américas to find this park.

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.

Make your way about a hundred yards (a couple hundred meters) from Plaza De Beneficencia to get to this historical site.

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8 | Plaza V Centenario

Go less than a hundred yards (about a hundred meters) from Ballaja Barracks to find this park, which is situated near the middle of downtown Old San Juan.

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.

Found near the heart of downtown Old San Juan, this monument is located less than a hundred yards (less than a hundred meters) from Plaza V Centenario.

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10 | Archbishop's Palace

You can find this historical site a short distance from Totem.

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.

Make your way a short distance from Archbishop's Palace to get to this museum, which is situated at 150 Calle Cristo.

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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.

Make your way a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer) from Children's Museum to find 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.

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

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15 | Plaza Felisa Rincon De Gautier

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

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.

Guests can find this museum 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.

Found at 319 Calle Fortaleza, this museum is 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.

This historical site is on the same premises as Cathedral Of San Juan Bautista, and is a couple hundred yards (a few hundred meters) from Museum Of Our African Heritage.

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19 | Casa De Los Dos Zaguanes

This historical site is on San José Street, 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.

Go a short distance from Casa De Los Dos Zaguanes to find this historical site, which is located at 101 Calle San Sebastian.

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1 | Plaza La Barandilla/ La Barandilla Stairs

Situated near the middle of downtown Old San Juan, this park is a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer) from the center of Old San Juan.

2 | Plaza Salvador Brau

Plaza La Barandilla/ La Barandilla Stairs is located less than a hundred yards (less than a hundred meters) west-northwest of this park.

1 | Olympic House

Currently the headquarters of the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee, the Olympic House also serves as the home of a collection of memorabilia detailing the growth of sports in Puerto Rico.

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.

This historical site is located a couple hundred yards (a few hundred meters) from Olympic House, and is just outside the heart of Viejo 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.

Fort San Cristóbal is located a couple hundred yards (a few hundred meters) to the north of this historical site.

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4 | Spanish House

Situated near the middle of Viejo San Juan, this historical site is located 0.1 miles (0.1 km) east of 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.

Guests will be able to find this historical site in the heart of Viejo San Juan, three quarters of a mile (one and an eighth kilometers) 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.

You will be able to find this historical site 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.

Found in the heart of downtown Old San Juan, this historical site is located within walking distance from Paseo De Morro.

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3 | Plaza De La Rogativa

Head within walking distance from San Juan Gate 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.

Travel a short distance from Plaza De La Rogativa to reach this museum, which is located 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.

Interested guests can find this museum in the heart of downtown Old San Juan, 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 is just outside the heart of downtown Old San Juan, and is a couple hundred yards (a few hundred meters) from Felisa Rincon de Gautier Museum.

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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.

La Fortaleza is about a hundred yards (a couple hundred meters) to the northwest of this monument.

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8 | Red Palace

Raices Fountain is located a short distance south of this historical site.

9 | Paseo La Princesa

Visitors will be able to find this park near the middle of downtown Old San Juan, a short distance from Red Palace.

10 | La Princesa Promenade

If you're coming from Paseo La Princesa, go less than a hundred yards (less than a hundred meters) northeast to reach this historical site.

11 | Parque De Las Palomas

This park is located 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.

Situated in the heart of downtown Old San Juan, this art museum is located a short distance from Parque De Las Palomas.

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13 | Plaza De Armas

This park is a short distance from Museo de Artes Populares.

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.

Travel about a hundred yards (a few hundred meters) from Plaza De Armas to find this historical site, which is located at 155 Tetuán Street.

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1 | Old Casino

Vacationers can find this casino in downtown Old San Juan, just 0.3 miles (0.6 km) east of the center of Old San Juan.

2 | Plaza Arturo Somohano

If you're coming from Old Casino, go about a hundred yards (a few hundred meters) south west to reach this park.

3 | Secrets Of Eden Spa

The elements of nature are highly emphasized at Secrets of Eden, be it in the decor, the method of treatment, or the products that they use. Add in a convenient location and an expert staff, and you'll find this spa to be a top notch choice.

Interested guests will find this spa at 331 Recinto Sur, a short distance from Plaza Arturo Somohano.

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4 | Sheraton Casino

Whether you frequent the casinos or new to the games, Sheraton Old San Juan Casino guarantees you'll have a good time at their facility. The over 400 slot machines and 16 table games means that there is room enough for everyone, and a chance that each player could go home a winner.

This casino is situated within Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel and Casino, and is a short distance from Secrets Of Eden Spa.

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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.

Found on Bahia Urabana, this monument is 0.6 miles (0.9 km) from the center of Old San Juan.

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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.

Found in downtown Old San Juan, this art museum is located just 0.3 miles (0.4 km) from the center of Old San Juan.

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2 | Plaza Darsenas & La Casita

Visitors can find this park at 27 Calle Manuel Enrique, a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer) from El Arsenal De La Marina: Gallery.

This map shows the location of 49 attractions in Old San Juan.

To find additional information about individual places shown on the map, or to zoom to a close-up view of an individual location, click on the colored pins. A second option is to use the following table to interact with the map. To try this, click on the colored pin shown in the left-most column, or you can click on the Area/Vicinity noted in the last 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
Old Casino Old San Juan
Olympic House 0.5 mi. East of 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
Secrets Of Eden Spa Old San Juan
Sheraton Old San Juan Casino Old San Juan
Spanish House 0.6 mi. East of Old San Juan
Totem Old San Juan

 

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