Family-Friendly Guide to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

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  • Puerto Rico

  • San Juan

  • City Travel

  • Family Travel

  • History

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  • Local Food

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Fora’s Take

Old San Juan is a beautiful place filled with history. The people are friendly and the food is fantastic. It's a place full of fun for all ages, from toddlers to grandparents.

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Where to stay in Old San Juan

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Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

Art Deco beauty with a mix of heritage and modern rooms, most with Atlantic Ocean views.

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Hotel El Convento

Long-time favorite in Old San Juan, with a traditional look and access to a sister beach club.

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La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort

Get a taste of local paradise at La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort just steps away from the prestigious Condado Beach.

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Things to do in Old San Juan

The arch at the fort in Old San Juan.

Old San Juan is filled with historical places to walk through and learn from. There are a multitude of military forts to visit, including the picture-perfect Castillo de San Cristobal and El Morro. Each have beautiful landscapes and cost a small entrance fee of $10 USD. Just a short walk from there is the Capilla del Cementerio Santa María, a must-see colonial-era cemetery.

Walk through Fortaleza Street and do some shopping, and don't forget to look up! Walk down the oldest street in Old San Juan and make your way to La Fortaleza, where the Governor of Puerto Rico resides. This cobblestoned street boasts an array of boutiques, colors and restaurants. Be sure to bring your camera.

Day trips

Take a trip to ToroVerde Nature Adventure Park to ride the world's second longest zip line: The Monster.

Places to eat & drink in Old San Juan

Pizza with pepperoni.


Chocobar Cortés: Chocolate lover? Find every chocolate dish possible here.


Pirilo Pizza Rustica: Grab a delicious rustic pizza for lunch right in the heart of the city.


1950 Condado: Authentic Puerto Rican Cuisine you can't beat.

STK Steakhouse San Juan: Located in the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, this institution serves food that tastes even better than it looks. Expect stunning presentations.


Barrachina: One of three to claim to be the inventor of the piña colada. Either way, it's a must try!

Casa BACARDÍ: The world's largest rum distillery, featuring historical tours, mixology classes, tastings and an outdoor patio.


Ben & Jerry’s: Grab some ice cream right on the water!

Anita La Mamma del Gelato: Gelato you can't beat, with a cozy atmosphere.

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