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Old San Juan

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San Juan: Swim and Snorkel with Turtles at Escambron

1. San Juan: Swim and Snorkel with Turtles at Escambron

Get up close and personal with sea turtles at Escambron Marine Park. Explore the vibrant coral reefs that are home to an abundance of sea turtles. Great for beginners, this is the perfect adventure for all the family. Meet your instructor at the Marine Park to start your thrilling adventure. Once checked in, your guide will hand out the snorkeling gear, give you a quick safety briefing and teach you how to snorkel. Dive into the warm Caribbean Sea and explore the underwater world with your guide. Immerse yourself in the turquoise waters, surrounded by sea turtles, vibrant coral reefs, and tropical fish. Enjoy an adventure that you won’t forget, swimming with one of the planet's oldest living species.

San Juan: Old San Juan Sunset Cruise with Drinks & Transfer

2. San Juan: Old San Juan Sunset Cruise with Drinks & Transfer

Hop aboard and join us for a captivating journey on a sunset boat tour, exploring the timeless allure of San Juan Bay, the historical gem of Puerto Rico. Delight in this enchanting experience as we cruise through the heart of this charming city, immersing ourselves in its rich history and captivating landscapes bathed in the warm hues of the setting sun. Our Caribbean Sunset Experience offers a perfect fusion of cultural exploration, awe-inspiring views, and countless photography opportunities. Sail along and capture breathtaking images of Old San Juan's iconic landmarks, including Paseo la Princesa, Fortaleza (Governor’s Mansion), Bacardi Distillery, Morro Fortress (San Felipe del Morro’s Castle), Puerto Rico’s Capitol Building, San Juan’s Door, and the formidable 500-year-old San Juan Fortified Walls. Indulge in the sunshine, relish the vibrant Caribbean atmosphere, and witness Old San Juan from a unique perspective. Treat yourself to delicious light snacks and appetizers, and try our local beer and rum punch, as you soak in the beauty of this unforgettable experience. Choose our tour for an unforgettable experience, where expert guidance, personalized service, and access to the San Juan Bay awaits. Book now and embark on a journey that promises memories to last a lifetime. We offer pick-up and drop-off from major hotels only in the San Juan metro area.

Puerto Rico: Guided East Coast Jet Ski Tour to Isla Verde

3. Puerto Rico: Guided East Coast Jet Ski Tour to Isla Verde

Experience a thrilling adventure in and around the San Jose Lagoon and all the way to the coast and beaches of Isla Verde on a jet ski tour through the tropical waters of Puerto Rico's north coast. After a short safety briefing and training session, depart from the home base at Cangrejos Yacht Club and journey into the best waters of the Caribbean along the beaches of Isla Verde. Enjoy a memorable journey into the mangroves of the San José Lagoon, pass under the Baldorioty de Castro Bridge, all the way down to the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge, one of the biggest bridges in Puerto Rico. After, pass by the coast of the beach of Isla Verde. Make a stop to jump in the water and go through the Isla Verde coast, one of the most beautiful spots in the area. Admire the incredible scenery as you explore the water world. Let loose and experience the raw power of your jet ski.

San Juan: Manatee and Turtle Snorkeling Tour with Free Rum

4. San Juan: Manatee and Turtle Snorkeling Tour with Free Rum

DISCLAIMER: IF YOU CANT SWIM, THEN YOU CANT COME. I Aplogise for being brash, its just that; "we cant teach you to run if you cant walk." We will teach you snorkeling and how to use the equipment , x y z , just not swim school. Ok back to fun part! Exhilarating Snorkeling with Free Rum Shots tour. Immerse yourself in a lively marine sanctuary, Sea turtle, Manatee,Starfish, or even Eagle Rays encounters are typical however, we assure our "Big 3" guarantee. If you miss your favorite animal, enjoy a free reschedule. Here's the plan: Meet your guide on the beach, info and demo on equipment, boost your confidence a bit and then, set off with your guide exploring shallows, coral beds, and open water. An exciting workout awaits! Discover unique marine life with interesting facts—turtles, rays, manatees, and countless fish! Post-tour, savor island rum, unwind on the beach, and relish the relaxation! Tour duration: 1.5 to 2 hours, tailored to group abilities. Special requests, Large Groups, Parties are Welcome, just ask!

San Juan: FlyDining Elevated Dining Experience

5. San Juan: FlyDining Elevated Dining Experience

Book your brunch or dinner at Fly Dining Puerto Rico nestled in the heart of San Juan. Enjoy a thrilling dining experience with tropical views of the Caribbean island to savor gourmet elegance in the clouds. Soar above the picturesque landscapes, savoring a multi-course meal while suspended in the sky. At night, elevate your experience with the captivating atmosphere created by ambient lighting. Optionally, upgrade to a top-shelf open bar for premium spirits and cocktails (additional cost). Feel confident in the safety measures provided by a dedicated team of seasoned engineers that has meticulously conducted design analysis and simulation tests to guarantee the flawless performance of every aspect of your dining experience.

San Juan: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

6. San Juan: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

Meet your guide at Plaza Colón in San Juan and set off into the sunset on this 2-hour walking tour. The plazas are the perfect location to learn about the colonial history of Puerto Rico from your guide. From Plaza Colón, you will walk and see the Plaza de la Barandilla and Plaza de Armas. In Old San Juan, visit one of its most spectacular historic buildings: Antiguo Palacio de la Intendencia, originally built to house the treasury of the island and now the Department of State of Puerto Rico. Witness the 18th-century chapel at Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud and learn all about its urban legend. Visit also La Fortaleza-Palacio de Santa Catalina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour also takes you past San Juan Cathedral, the Ballaja Barracks, Catedral Basilica Menor, Cuartel de Ballaja, and San Juan's most valuable historic site, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, before ending at Plaza de San José.

San Juan: History Walking Tour with a Guide

7. San Juan: History Walking Tour with a Guide

Enjoy a guided history walking tour suitable for all ages to some of Old San Juan's most notable landmarks. Learn more about the history of Puerto Rico, its ties to the United States, and its rich Spanish, Taino Indian, and West African Heritage. Begin your exploration of Old San Juan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a stop outside La Casa Estrecha, one of the narrowest houses in the Western hemisphere. Then, enter La Catedral de San Juan Bautista which is Puerto Rico’s grandest religious building. Discover some parts of some of the city’s impressive defensive system, namely its historic walls, the only remaining entrance door at La Puerta de San Juan, and Fortaleza. Gain a greater understanding of Puerto Rican history with your knowledgeable local guide.

San Juan: Private Helicopter Island Tour

8. San Juan: Private Helicopter Island Tour

Choose between 3 helicopter adventures in San Juan. As you fly, listen to commentary about the island's history, sites, and marine life from your pilot. For more information visit our website at www.caribbeanhelis.com Explore the Rainforest Tour (45 minutes) Board your helicopter in San Juan and soar over this beautiful historic town. Listen in to your pilot's fascinating facts about the forts and colonial architecture you see as you fly. Continue your journey west tracing the picturesque coastline to Dorado Beach while looking out for sea turtles, sharks, and manatees below. As you begin to turn inland to fly over the enchanting rainforest, keep your eyes open for hidden waterfalls. Take in the awe-inspiring beauty as you fly through the Caribbean's deepest canyon, Canon San Cristobal, and see the island's tallest waterfall, La Neibla, up close. Along the Shore Tour (25 minutes) Begin with a fly-over tour of Old San Juan and hear fascinating facts from your pilot about the city below. Continue west, keeping an eye out for marine life, as you follow the picturesque coastline towards Dorado Beach. Soar above Karst Forest, an enchanting landscape of lush greenery and limestone formations, admiring the intricate network of mogotes (steep hills). Circle over the world-famous Bacardi Rum factory for an aerial perspective of the iconic distillery set against the vibrant backdrop of the island. Old San Juan Tour (6 minutes) Soar above Old San Juan to see the city's historic forts. Marvel at El Morro and San Cristobal standing against the backdrop of the shimmering blue waters.

San Juan: Embark on an Old Town Foodie Tour with Tastings

9. San Juan: Embark on an Old Town Foodie Tour with Tastings

Explore Old San Juan on a guided foodie walking tour. Discover a slice of paradise through local cuisine and cocktails, with numerous foodie stops along the way. Meet your guide in the heart of Old San Juan and stroll through the historic “walled city”. Learn a bit more about the colonial history of the city, see some of its major landmarks, and admire its architecture. Get involved in the local food scene and benefit from the expert knowledge of a local that will help you get the most out of your stay in sunny Puerto Rico. Visit local businesses and try over 10 different dishes which provide an insight into the culinary heritage of Puerto Rico. Dine in “do not miss” restaurants and hear about the various foodie scenes in and around the city. Get hands-on experience making Puerto Rico’s signature dish, mofongo , and enjoy a delicious rum cocktail in a popular local bar. Discover lesser-known spots and hangouts, and get a truly local insight into the city.

San Juan: Explore the Old Town and El Morro Fort with Entry

10. San Juan: Explore the Old Town and El Morro Fort with Entry

Make the most of your visit to San Juan with a guided walking tour of the historic Old Town area. Get comprehensive insight into Puerto Rican culture and history, guided by a local expert, and visit the ancient Fort Morro in the heart of the neighborhood. Join your guide in Plaza Darsenas and set off on your walking tour through the storied cobblestone streets of the Old Town of San Juan. Admire the colorful traditional homes of the oldest part of the city. Admire notable landmarks including the San Juan Bautista Cathedral, La Fortaleza, and the San Juan Gate, as well as several other iconic sites. Learn about the fascinating colonial history of the area and its contemporary character with the expert insight of your local guide. Finally, enter Fort Morro, the most visited destination in Puerto Rico. Learn about the fascinating naval history of the fort and its strategic importance as you gaze out over the ocean.

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Our most recommended things to do in Old San Juan

San Juan: Swim and Snorkel with Turtles at Escambron

San Juan: Swim and Snorkel with Turtles at Escambron

Get up close and personal with sea turtles at Escambron Marine Park. Explore the vibrant coral reefs that are home to an abundance of sea turtles. Great for beginners, this is the perfect adventure for all the family. Meet your instructor at the Marine Park to start your thrilling adventure. Once checked in, your guide will hand out the snorkeling gear, give you a quick safety briefing and teach you how to snorkel. Dive into the warm Caribbean Sea and explore the underwater world with your guide. Immerse yourself in the turquoise waters, surrounded by sea turtles, vibrant coral reefs, and tropical fish. Enjoy an adventure that you won’t forget, swimming with one of the planet's oldest living species.

San Juan: Old San Juan Sunset Cruise with Drinks & Transfer

San Juan: Old San Juan Sunset Cruise with Drinks & Transfer

Hop aboard and join us for a captivating journey on a sunset boat tour, exploring the timeless allure of San Juan Bay, the historical gem of Puerto Rico. Delight in this enchanting experience as we cruise through the heart of this charming city, immersing ourselves in its rich history and captivating landscapes bathed in the warm hues of the setting sun. Our Caribbean Sunset Experience offers a perfect fusion of cultural exploration, awe-inspiring views, and countless photography opportunities. Sail along and capture breathtaking images of Old San Juan's iconic landmarks, including Paseo la Princesa, Fortaleza (Governor’s Mansion), Bacardi Distillery, Morro Fortress (San Felipe del Morro’s Castle), Puerto Rico’s Capitol Building, San Juan’s Door, and the formidable 500-year-old San Juan Fortified Walls. Indulge in the sunshine, relish the vibrant Caribbean atmosphere, and witness Old San Juan from a unique perspective. Treat yourself to delicious light snacks and appetizers, and try our local beer and rum punch, as you soak in the beauty of this unforgettable experience. Choose our tour for an unforgettable experience, where expert guidance, personalized service, and access to the San Juan Bay awaits. Book now and embark on a journey that promises memories to last a lifetime. We offer pick-up and drop-off from major hotels only in the San Juan metro area.

Puerto Rico: Guided East Coast Jet Ski Tour to Isla Verde

Puerto Rico: Guided East Coast Jet Ski Tour to Isla Verde

Experience a thrilling adventure in and around the San Jose Lagoon and all the way to the coast and beaches of Isla Verde on a jet ski tour through the tropical waters of Puerto Rico's north coast. After a short safety briefing and training session, depart from the home base at Cangrejos Yacht Club and journey into the best waters of the Caribbean along the beaches of Isla Verde. Enjoy a memorable journey into the mangroves of the San José Lagoon, pass under the Baldorioty de Castro Bridge, all the way down to the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge, one of the biggest bridges in Puerto Rico. After, pass by the coast of the beach of Isla Verde. Make a stop to jump in the water and go through the Isla Verde coast, one of the most beautiful spots in the area. Admire the incredible scenery as you explore the water world. Let loose and experience the raw power of your jet ski.

San Juan: Manatee and Turtle Snorkeling Tour with Free Rum

San Juan: Manatee and Turtle Snorkeling Tour with Free Rum

DISCLAIMER: IF YOU CANT SWIM, THEN YOU CANT COME. I Aplogise for being brash, its just that; "we cant teach you to run if you cant walk." We will teach you snorkeling and how to use the equipment , x y z , just not swim school. Ok back to fun part! Exhilarating Snorkeling with Free Rum Shots tour. Immerse yourself in a lively marine sanctuary, Sea turtle, Manatee,Starfish, or even Eagle Rays encounters are typical however, we assure our "Big 3" guarantee. If you miss your favorite animal, enjoy a free reschedule. Here's the plan: Meet your guide on the beach, info and demo on equipment, boost your confidence a bit and then, set off with your guide exploring shallows, coral beds, and open water. An exciting workout awaits! Discover unique marine life with interesting facts—turtles, rays, manatees, and countless fish! Post-tour, savor island rum, unwind on the beach, and relish the relaxation! Tour duration: 1.5 to 2 hours, tailored to group abilities. Special requests, Large Groups, Parties are Welcome, just ask!

San Juan: FlyDining Elevated Dining Experience

San Juan: FlyDining Elevated Dining Experience

Book your brunch or dinner at Fly Dining Puerto Rico nestled in the heart of San Juan. Enjoy a thrilling dining experience with tropical views of the Caribbean island to savor gourmet elegance in the clouds. Soar above the picturesque landscapes, savoring a multi-course meal while suspended in the sky. At night, elevate your experience with the captivating atmosphere created by ambient lighting. Optionally, upgrade to a top-shelf open bar for premium spirits and cocktails (additional cost). Feel confident in the safety measures provided by a dedicated team of seasoned engineers that has meticulously conducted design analysis and simulation tests to guarantee the flawless performance of every aspect of your dining experience.

San Juan: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

San Juan: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

Meet your guide at Plaza Colón in San Juan and set off into the sunset on this 2-hour walking tour. The plazas are the perfect location to learn about the colonial history of Puerto Rico from your guide. From Plaza Colón, you will walk and see the Plaza de la Barandilla and Plaza de Armas. In Old San Juan, visit one of its most spectacular historic buildings: Antiguo Palacio de la Intendencia, originally built to house the treasury of the island and now the Department of State of Puerto Rico. Witness the 18th-century chapel at Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud and learn all about its urban legend. Visit also La Fortaleza-Palacio de Santa Catalina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour also takes you past San Juan Cathedral, the Ballaja Barracks, Catedral Basilica Menor, Cuartel de Ballaja, and San Juan's most valuable historic site, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, before ending at Plaza de San José.

San Juan: History Walking Tour with a Guide

San Juan: History Walking Tour with a Guide

Enjoy a guided history walking tour suitable for all ages to some of Old San Juan's most notable landmarks. Learn more about the history of Puerto Rico, its ties to the United States, and its rich Spanish, Taino Indian, and West African Heritage. Begin your exploration of Old San Juan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a stop outside La Casa Estrecha, one of the narrowest houses in the Western hemisphere. Then, enter La Catedral de San Juan Bautista which is Puerto Rico’s grandest religious building. Discover some parts of some of the city’s impressive defensive system, namely its historic walls, the only remaining entrance door at La Puerta de San Juan, and Fortaleza. Gain a greater understanding of Puerto Rican history with your knowledgeable local guide.

San Juan: Private Helicopter Island Tour

San Juan: Private Helicopter Island Tour

Choose between 3 helicopter adventures in San Juan. As you fly, listen to commentary about the island's history, sites, and marine life from your pilot. For more information visit our website at www.caribbeanhelis.com Explore the Rainforest Tour (45 minutes) Board your helicopter in San Juan and soar over this beautiful historic town. Listen in to your pilot's fascinating facts about the forts and colonial architecture you see as you fly. Continue your journey west tracing the picturesque coastline to Dorado Beach while looking out for sea turtles, sharks, and manatees below. As you begin to turn inland to fly over the enchanting rainforest, keep your eyes open for hidden waterfalls. Take in the awe-inspiring beauty as you fly through the Caribbean's deepest canyon, Canon San Cristobal, and see the island's tallest waterfall, La Neibla, up close. Along the Shore Tour (25 minutes) Begin with a fly-over tour of Old San Juan and hear fascinating facts from your pilot about the city below. Continue west, keeping an eye out for marine life, as you follow the picturesque coastline towards Dorado Beach. Soar above Karst Forest, an enchanting landscape of lush greenery and limestone formations, admiring the intricate network of mogotes (steep hills). Circle over the world-famous Bacardi Rum factory for an aerial perspective of the iconic distillery set against the vibrant backdrop of the island. Old San Juan Tour (6 minutes) Soar above Old San Juan to see the city's historic forts. Marvel at El Morro and San Cristobal standing against the backdrop of the shimmering blue waters.

San Juan: Embark on an Old Town Foodie Tour with Tastings

San Juan: Embark on an Old Town Foodie Tour with Tastings

Explore Old San Juan on a guided foodie walking tour. Discover a slice of paradise through local cuisine and cocktails, with numerous foodie stops along the way. Meet your guide in the heart of Old San Juan and stroll through the historic “walled city”. Learn a bit more about the colonial history of the city, see some of its major landmarks, and admire its architecture. Get involved in the local food scene and benefit from the expert knowledge of a local that will help you get the most out of your stay in sunny Puerto Rico. Visit local businesses and try over 10 different dishes which provide an insight into the culinary heritage of Puerto Rico. Dine in “do not miss” restaurants and hear about the various foodie scenes in and around the city. Get hands-on experience making Puerto Rico’s signature dish, mofongo , and enjoy a delicious rum cocktail in a popular local bar. Discover lesser-known spots and hangouts, and get a truly local insight into the city.

San Juan: Explore the Old Town and El Morro Fort with Entry

San Juan: Explore the Old Town and El Morro Fort with Entry

Make the most of your visit to San Juan with a guided walking tour of the historic Old Town area. Get comprehensive insight into Puerto Rican culture and history, guided by a local expert, and visit the ancient Fort Morro in the heart of the neighborhood. Join your guide in Plaza Darsenas and set off on your walking tour through the storied cobblestone streets of the Old Town of San Juan. Admire the colorful traditional homes of the oldest part of the city. Admire notable landmarks including the San Juan Bautista Cathedral, La Fortaleza, and the San Juan Gate, as well as several other iconic sites. Learn about the fascinating colonial history of the area and its contemporary character with the expert insight of your local guide. Finally, enter Fort Morro, the most visited destination in Puerto Rico. Learn about the fascinating naval history of the fort and its strategic importance as you gaze out over the ocean.

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(895 reviews)

This tour was a FANTASTIC way to learn about the history and culture of San Juan and the surrounding areas. Our tour guide Danny was extremely enthusiastic, knowledgeable, friendly, and engaging. Stephani also did a great job with the transportation and making us all feel like we were family. Several stops to see unique sites. Efficiently run and perfectly organized. Exceptional experience in the Santurce district to see and learn about the murals and artists. This is a "must do" for anyone involved in the arts, and certainly for all visitors to San Juan. My favorite part of the tour. A stop over for lunch in the Loiza area for a delicious regional meal helped to make this a really great day. I highly recommend this tour, and would do any other tour with Danny and Stephani. They really made our visit to Puerto Rico memorable. They were outstanding! An exceptional value and time well spent. Many thanks.

This tour was an excellent value as we were served a good size serving of local cuisine at four restaurants. Three of the places served alcoholic drinks. Our guide, Lorna provided a walking history tour along the way to each stop and also explained the foods and drinks and their history. We booked this as a shore excursion for our cruise port stop in San Juan April 2024.

The only bad thing was I could have spent the entire day not just the time slot. The experience was breathtaking. Our guide, Matt, was one of a kind. He was informative, professional, and had a sense of humor. Matt was patient, empathetic, and understanding as one in our group had to tap out due to anxiety. His response was impeccable. A must on the bucket list.

We had such a great time with Elizabeth our guide! She was so informative about all the sea life and structures that were there. Anytime we needed anything or wanted pictures, she was on it! We got to see 5 turtles (including a baby!) on this excursion!

Loved my tour! My guide was very informative and learned a lot about Puerto Rican culture.