Cathedral of San Juan Bautista

Cathedral of San Juan Bautista: Our most recommended tours and activities

San Juan: El Morro Fort Entry Ticket & Old Town Walking Tour

1. San Juan: El Morro Fort Entry Ticket & Old Town Walking Tour

Make the most of a short visit to San Juan with a walking tour to over 20 popular attractions. Stroll around the Old Town for a comprehensive look into Puerto Rican culture and history, guided by a local expert. Visit the inside of the ancient Fort Morro with tickets included. Join your guide on an insightful journey into the heart of the city. Dive deep into the cobblestone streets to admire the colorful traditional homes of the oldest part of San Juan, taking time to stop and learn about the rich history behind this vibrant neighborhood. Come up close to the San Juan Bautista Cathedral, La Fortaleza, and the San Juan Gate, as well as several other iconic sites. Step inside Castillo San Felipe del Morro, the most visited destination in Puerto Rico, for a trip back in time to the 16th and 18th centuries in naval history.

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.

San Juan: History Walking Tour with a Guide

3. 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: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Guide

4. 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.

San Juan: Walking Tour with Expert Guide

5. San Juan: Walking Tour with Expert Guide

Learn about its colonial influence and discover this fascinating city. See all its essential sights with your expert local guide. Begin with by entering San Felipe del Morro or San Cristobal. Hear fascinating facts as you walk along Paseo de la Princesa to the Governor's residence. Stroll through a city brimming with colors and cobble stone streets. See the San Juan Gate, built in 1520 to guard the city from the harbor. Visit the Ballaja Barracks, built by the Spanish militia for housing in 1864, as well as the San Jose Church, and Plaza del Quinto Centenario. Your tour will end at the Hotel El Convento, adjacent to all the shops and restaurants.

Puerto Rico: Old San Juan Guided Walking Tour

6. Puerto Rico: Old San Juan Guided Walking Tour

Embark on a historic walk into the top sights that Old San Juan has to offer. Experience San Juan from a local's perspective as your guide walks you through the most notable landmarks. Marvel at the colorful Spanish colonial architecture dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. See beautiful historical buildings such as the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, one of the oldest buildings in San Juan. Visit the 16th century El Morro and La Fortaleza fortresses that are rising above the ocean, and then stroll along the Paseo de la Princesa, taking in the stunning views of the bay. Learn about the importance of Christopher Columbus for Puerto Rico, find out what was San Juan's original name, and hear about the Spanish-American post-war history. Then together with your local guide find out what’s inside San Juan’s San Felipe del Morro citadel.

Old San Juan: Boozy Bites Food Tour

7. Old San Juan: Boozy Bites Food Tour

Enjoy an adult-only tasting tour that takes you to three independently owned restaurant bars in Old San Juan. You’ll enjoy the island’s hors d’oeuvres, two cocktails and to cap it all off, a trio of aged rums paired with Puerto Rico’s most famous locally sourced chocolate: Chocolate Cortes’ Forteza. Skip all the lines at do-not-miss restaurants and foodie scenes around the city. Enjoy Old San Juan through various stops, with light appetizers, cocktails, and a unique, unforgettable rum and chocolate pairing during this easy 3-hour stroll in a small group. In-between destinations, you’ll learn about the architectural features behind the Spanish buildings, plazas, squares, balconies, and mysterious blue cobblestones in the heart of Puerto Rico’s capital city. At the different stops, you’ll get first-hand knowledge on how to taste aged Puerto Rican rum and have a crash course on high-end chocolate from one of the most famous chocolate producers on the island. Finally, you’ll leave with all the confidence and knowledge of a resident in sunny Puerto Rico.

San Juan: Old San Juan Walking Tour

8. San Juan: Old San Juan Walking Tour

Step back in time and learn about Old San Juan from your guide who will cover centuries of Puerto Rican history and culture. Discover many of the highlights of one of the oldest cities in the Western Hemisphere as you make your way through Old San Juan. Start your tour at Plaza Colon and learn about the centuries-long history of this city from your guide. Discover the city's well-preserved architecture dating back to its founding and hear war stories of how a small island beat back empires. Explore city highlights, like El Morro Fort, San Juan Bautista Cathedral, Plaza de Armas, Paseo de la Princesa, San Juan Gate, and more. Enjoy photo and water breaks along the way to make sure the tour is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

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What people are saying about Cathedral of San Juan Bautista

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 213 reviews

Our guide Marjorie was great. She had a great deal of knowledge about the city, its history and of course its food. In addition to the 4 stops we made, she pointed out other restaurants, shops and sites we could visit when we were in the city. Taking this tour should be the first thing you do when you get to Old San Juan.

Francisco is simply amazing!! The way he speaks about his island shows that he has so much pride for his country and culture. We loved every moment of it

Our guide was very knowledgeable and easygoing we really enjoyed it totally worth it we learned a lot

Nahomie was an excellent guide. Very personable and informative. She's a kind person as well!

Our guide was fun, informative, and the weather was ideal. Enjoyed the experience.