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Things to do in Old San Juan

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Old San Juan. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Old San Juan attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Old San Juan to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Old San Juan.

  • El Alcazar

    With its exquisite collection of oil paintings and furniture spanning a variety of periods, El Alcazar is one of the best sources for antiques in t... More
  • El Castillo de San Felipe del Morro

    More commonly known as El Morro, this stone garrison is the second-oldest freestanding fort in the Americas. Built between 1539 and 1797 by Spanish... More
  • La Fortaleza

    Puerto Rican governors have resided in this structure (originally a fort) since 1543, though it wasn't named the governor's official residence unti... More
  • Nuyorican Café

    Salsa is a national pastime in Puerto Rico; though it didn't originate on the island, it might as well have. For a sultry night of dancing, head to... More
  • Rumba, San Juan

    You'll have to carve out your own space on the often-crowded dance floor in this tiny club. But the crowd is friendly, and everyone will be delight... More
  • Spicy Caribbee

    Stock up on the island's famed coffee at this colorful shop in Old Town, which carries eight Puerto Rican brands. You'll also find a vast selection... More

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