All you’ll need is a pair of walking shoes to explore Old San Juan’s photo-ready facades. The city’s Historic District is small (only seven square blocks) and completely walkable. Cobblestone streets, snug boutiques, museums, restaurants — there is a lot to do, and you might want to stay here all day.
Photograph by Danita Delimont
Pastels enrich the city’s Spanish colonial buildings. For visitors who want an insightful look at the Landmark District once ruled by Spanish conquistadors, Old San Juan Heritage Walking Tours offers a variety of routes.
Photograph by Richard Ellis
If you’re an adventurous diner, consider a gastronomic tour. Spoon Food Tours offers a package that takes you to five spots for a mix of sit-down and on-the-go tastings. At the end you’ll understand local dishes such as arroz con habichuelas and mofongo. Pictured here, a taste of one of Spoon Food Tours’ highlights.
Photograph courtesy of Spoon Food Tours
Historic San Juan Gate, built around 1635, is framed by the old city walls.
Photograph by Efrain Padro, Padro Images
From the lobby and restaurants to the private beachfront loungers, The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan offers a plethora of fine spots to savor Caribbean views. Order cocktails at the Ocean Bar and Grill, a casual gourmet restaurant headed by Chef Ernesto Alvarado, who puts a fine twist on our local cuisine. If you want to raise the romance factor, the staff can set up a table for you right on the sand.
In Old San Juan, Calle del Cristo offers sidewalk dining, shopping and authentic local