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Old San Juan

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Old San Juan: Sunset Cruise with Drinks and Hotel Pickup

1. Old San Juan: Sunset Cruise with Drinks and Hotel Pickup

Welcome aboard our San Juan Harbor ride as the Old City Day turns to this spectacular bright Night. The sunset shines an amazing light on the 500 year old Fort walls that can only be experience from the water. Ride through mystical tales & experience the best views of Historic Old San Juan On this awesome 90 minute tour onboard you will see magnificent landmarks as Paseo La Princesa, the Governors Mansion, the impressive San Juan Fortified Walls and the Bacardi Distillery. Capture unique photos while savoring the warm Caribbean breeze. Viewing Old San Juan from the water adds a new dimension to the experience as it positions you on the same view the pirates saw when they wanted to conquer our island 500 years ago.

San Juan: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

2. 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.

Puerto Rico: The Beast Zipline at Toro Verde Adventure Park

3. Puerto Rico: The Beast Zipline at Toro Verde Adventure Park

Step onto The Beast, the longest zipline in America, and get ready to feel an adrenaline rush as you soar above the picturesque scenery of central Puerto Rico. Hidden between rolling mountains covered in dense forest, Toro Verde Adventure Park is located in the town of Orocovis, about 1 hour and 45 minutes from San Juan. The area boasts breathtaking mountain views, which surround you as you ride the zipline. With a 1.57 mi. cable, equivalent to 28 football fields, The Beast is the longest zipline in America. Begin with an introduction to the flight equipment before heading to the launch pad. From there, it's full-on adrenaline as you reach speeds of up to 60 mph at a height of around 380 m.

Puerto Rico: Toro Verde Adventure Park Zip Line Experience

4. Puerto Rico: Toro Verde Adventure Park Zip Line Experience

See the lush jungle of Toro Verde Adventure Park from a different angle and get your adrenaline pumping during a thrilling outdoor activity. Fly through the air at great speed on the longest zip line experience you can find in the Americas. Soar over the treetops as you soak in the incredible views. Make your way to Toro Verde Adventure Park for a fun-filled adventure. Receive your zip line equipment and venture to the launch pad as you prepare to soar through the air at speeds of up to 152km/h over a span of 2.5km, the equivalent of 28 football fields. Take in panoramic views of the lush nature that surrounds the Adventure Park from a height of up to 380 meters. Be sure to soak in the stunning views of the Orocovis mountains before you commence your descent.

San Juan: Old Town Foodie Walking Tour with Tastings

5. San Juan: Old Town Foodie Walking Tour with Tastings

Enjoy the original food and cultural tour of Old San Juan. Discover a slice of paradise through local cuisine and cocktails, with numerous foodie stops along the way. Join your guide and walk through “walled city” of San Juan. Learn a bit more about the architecture of the city, major landmarks, and local history. Get hands-on experience making Puerto Rico’s signature dish, mofongo. Dine in “do not miss” restaurants and hear about the various foodie scenes in and around the city. Enjoy a delicious rum cocktail in a popular bar. Get involved in the authentic food scene so you leave with the confidence and knowledge of a local that will serve you during the remainder of your stay in sunny Puerto Rico. Tour guides have intimate friendships with the San Juan restaurants and you will always receive the latest insider info.

San Juan Mini Boats

6. San Juan Mini Boats

The most complete tour for those explorers who would like a glimpse into San Juan's captivating history, have an adventure in the waters of the harbor at the helm of your own boat and stop to learn the highlights of the city’s history. You will take the helm of a 13' inflatable boat that you will get to operate during the entire tour. Appreciate Condado and the Puerto Rico Convention Center. After a short stop where the guide will point out these areas of interest, the fleet will cruise along the southern shores of the Islet towards the Historic District. On your way there, Old San Juan will rise in front of you in the distance and you will admire Fort San Cristobal, the largest fort built by the Spaniards in all the Americas, the cruise ship ports with the green mountains to the south and the Rainforest to the southeast. Along the way, you will feel the warm Caribbean breeze and may spot some of the local fauna. Learn about the landmarks in the historic district: The San Juan Wall, Governor’s Mansion and the most famous fort in Puerto Rico, Fort San Felipe Del Morro; The perfect spot to take unique pictures. The last stop of your tour will take you by the most active commercial piers in the Caribbean, where you will observe San Juan commercial district, and Hato Rey through an eco-friendly water channel, within a mangrove vegetation area, house of iguanas, birds and local fauna.

San Juan: Guided Water Bike Experience on Old San Juan Bay

7. San Juan: Guided Water Bike Experience on Old San Juan Bay

Soak up the unique views of Old San Juan Bay on a guided water bike tour. Relive more than 500 years of Puerto Rican history as you pass important buildings, including the San Felipe del Morro fortress. Board a water bike and set off along the Old San Juan Bay. Admire the pristine views and visible monuments along the coast, such as La Fortaleza (Governor's home), the San Juan Door (historic city entrance), Baluarte de San Agustín, Santa Elena Battery, El Morro Wall, the Garitas, and more. Take to the waters with a certified guide to ensure your safety and comfort. Together, scout out the best viewing spots in the bay as you pedal over the water. Enjoy this adventure by yourself or with friends.

San Juan: Old San Juan Sunset Cruise

8. San Juan: Old San Juan Sunset Cruise

Climb aboard the beautiful Amazing Grace in Old San Juan and get enchanting views of the cultural city and sites around the bay. Marvel at the 16th-century citadel of Castillo San Felipe del Morro and the official residence of the governor of Puerto Rico at La Fortaleza. Sip soft drinks and cocktails under the sun and avail of the services of a local guide. The Amazing Grace is a topsail schooner representative of the traditional American sailing crafts that fought the British in the War of Independence. The beautiful sailing vessel flies seven sails that can be used in different combinations to suit the wind conditions, making for a fun journey out at sea.

San Juan: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Guide

9. San Juan: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Guide

Take in the key sights of the Puerto Rican capital at your own pace on a self-guided walking tour. Listen as your audio guide shares the history of the city and its landmarks, including Castillo de San Cristóbal, Old San Juan, and La Fortaleza. Enjoy the freedom to stop when and where you want. Start your self-guided tour at Plaza Colón, where you will learn about the history of this beautiful square. Then, head off on an incredible journey through the old streets of the capital. See fantastic examples of architecture, such as the Castillo de San Cristóbal fortress and La Fortaleza. Then, take in religious landmarks, such as El Catedral de San Juan Bautista and Capilla de Cristo, as you continue your exploration of the Old San Juan Historic District of Puerto Rico. Discover the ruins of El Morro fort, San Juan's oldest residence La Casa Blanca, and La Plaza de Armas. Next, take in La Plazuela de la Rogativa. Admire the lovely views and bronze sculpture before heading to La Princesa. Keep your eyes peeled along the route for the blue cobblestones (adoquine) that pave the streets in the old part of the city. End your tour, feeling like you have gone back in time.

Puerto Rico: Toro Verde Adventure Park Zipline Bike Ticket

10. Puerto Rico: Toro Verde Adventure Park Zipline Bike Ticket

Feel the thrill of cruising over the tree canopy on cable bike circuit that is certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest in the world with this ticket to the cable bike attraction at the Toro Verde Adventure Park in Orocovis.  Check in at the Toro Verde Adventure Park and get set up with your safety equipment. Venture through the sky on a zipline cable that offers 1,400 feet of views of the mountains and wilderness. Head to 2 tree-shaped platforms which are exclusively designed to interact with the mountainous area and provide impressive views of the north coast of the island. Bring those you love along with the capacity for 2 simultaneous bicycles. Keep an eye out for colorful birds as you ride through the sky, like the Puerto Rican tody.

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What people are saying about Old San Juan

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 616 reviews

Jorge was our guide. He responded QUICKLY via text and was SO KIND. He’s funny and super knowledgeable about the area. He includes the Taino, Arawak, African, Spanish within the Puerto Rican history. We covered a lot of ground and it was a BEAUTIFUL tour. I would recommend it AND it shows you great areas, restaurants/bars, parks, museums to visit on your own. Jorge was amazing he knew times of operation and costs for each. He helped everyone take pics and decide where to go after the tour ended. 10/10! Bring water, comfortable shoes, glasses and a hat! A/C has spoiled me so I sweated a lot but got GORGEOUS photos and tons of historical facts. Jorge loves his job, I’m so happy I booked!

Leisurely stroll around Old San Juan with 5 stops for food. Ricardo was great with history and language education along the way!

Antonio was a great guide. Knowledgeable and patient, and took us to a couple local gems that were unique experiences!

Our guide was very informative, very friendly, and answered all questions I had. I absolutely recommend going here!!

Wonderful experience. Very easy to pedal and steer.