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Things to do in Old San Juan

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Puerto Rico: The Beast Zipline at Toro Verde Adventure Park

1. 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.

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

2. 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 Foodie Walking Tour with Tastings

3. 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: History Walking Tour with a Guide

4. 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.

Old San Juan: Sunset Cruise with Drinks and Hotel Pickup

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

Gaze at a beautiful sunset on this cruise through Old San Juan from San Juan or Carolina. Sip delicious cool drinks and a variety of appetizers while relaxing aboard the boat, and absortbing the views from the harbor as the Old City's day turns to night. Be picked up from your hotel or accomodation and travel to the boat's launch site. Hop aboard the San Juan Harbor cruise and relax on board a comfortable boat and take in beautiful views of the city from the water. Watch as the sun shines a soft glow on the 500 year old Fort walls and enjoy a view that can only be seen from the water. Ride through the harbor and listen to mystical tales about the old city while absorbing the sights of the city from a new perspective on the water. See beautiful landmarks like Paseo La Princesa, the Governors Mansion, the bacardi Distillery, and the impressive San Juan Fortified City Walls. Capture unique photos from the harbor while savoring the warm Caribbean breezes blowing across the water. See the same view of the islands that pirates and conquerors saw hundreds of years ago. Finish the tour when the boat docks at the harbour and be returned to your hotel or accommodation.

San Juan: Old San Juan Sunset Cruise

6. 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: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

7. 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: Toro Verde Adventure Park Zip Line Experience

8. 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.

Old San Juan Sailing Tour

9. Old San Juan Sailing Tour

Climb aboard the "Amazing Grace" topsail schooner and cruise around Old San Juan. Take in the enchanting views of the cultural city from a different perspective. See the sites around the bay, including El Morro, La Fortaleza and Paseo de la Princesa, and listen to interesting facts about the landmarks from a local guide.  Feel a part of history as you sail aboard a vessel like those that fought the British in the War of Independence, and in 1812 as ships of the U.S. Navy and as privateers. Look up at the 7 sails that can be used in different combinations to suit the wind conditions, making for a fun sailing adventure.

San Juan: Private City Highlights Driving Tour

10. San Juan: Private City Highlights Driving Tour

Experience the must-see highlights of San Juan on this private sightseeing tour with a certified guide. Ride in style through Old San Juan, near the San Cristobal and San Felipe del Morro Forts. Discover the districts of Santurce, El Condado, Isla Verde, and Piñones. Get picked up at your hotel or another location of your choice in San Juan, then head out on your tour. Explore the historic part of the city, Old San Juan, home to most of the historic architecture, attractions, and galleries. Visit the most popular hotel in San Juan, El Convento Hotel, as well as have the chance to stop for a photo with your favorite president at the world-famous Presidential Boardwalk or run up the steps at the Capitol Building. Drive through the International Convention Center District, home of Puerto Rico's biggest convention center, featuring restaurants, a music hall, a cinema, and more. Then, visit Santurce, a historical part of San Juan known for its art, music, culture, and famous marketplace. Next, head to El Condado, an upscale residential neighborhood that hosts the beach resort part of San Juan. Move on to Isla Verde, located in the adjacent municipality of Carolina, and see nice beaches, hotels, and parks. Continue to Piñones, a popular area in the town of Loiza known for its African heritage, typical fritters, Puerto Rican cuisine, and seafood. The tour concludes with drop-off at your original pickup point.

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based on 807 reviews

Marjorie was entertaining and knowledgeable. It was a great way to be introduced to Old Town San Juan. She went out of her way to answer any questions and even provided a list of recommended restaurants all over San Juan.

Guides Diego and other team members were really friendly and made our entire trip really pleasant and memorable. It was worth it

The tour was amazing, the food delicious the talking points and history learned was fun! Lorna was an amazing guide

It was a beautiful night. The crew were amazing as well as the other passengers. I went on my own and felt great.

Absolutely amazing! The staff was patient and kind and just made me instantly at ease.