San Juan Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in San Juan - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Alcaldía

  • Government Building

San Juan's city hall was built between 1602 and 1789. In 1841, extensive alterations made it resemble Madrid's city hall, with arcades,...

Capilla del Cristo

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

According to legend, in 1753 a young horseman named Baltazar Montañez got carried away during festivities in honor of San Juan Bautista...

Casa Blanca

  • Museum/Gallery

The original structure here was a wooden house built in 1521 as a home for Ponce de León; he died in Cuba without ever living here.

Casa de Ramón Power y Giralt

  • Museum/Gallery

The restored home of 18th-century naval hero Don Ramón Power y Giralt is now the headquarters of the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico.

Castillo San Cristóbal

  • Military Site

This huge stone fortress, built between 1634 and 1790, guarded the city from land attacks from the east. The largest Spanish fortification...

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

  • Military Site

At the northwestern tip of the Old City, El Morro ("the promontory") was built by the Spaniards between 1539 and 1786. Rising 140 feet...

Catedral de San Juan Bautista

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The Catholic shrine of Puerto Rico had humble beginnings in the early 1520s as a thatch-roofed, wooden structure. After a hurricane destroyed...

Cementerio Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis

  • Cemetery

One of Old San Juan's best-kept secrets, this remarkable cemetery provides a peaceful respite from the bustle of the city. Sandwiched...

Fundación Nacional Para la Cultura Popular

  • Museum/Gallery

This nonprofit foundation serves many functions: museum, performance space, dance and music school, and archive dedicated to preserving...

Iglesia de San José

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

With its vaulted ceilings, this little church is a splendid example of 16th-century Spanish Gothic architecture. It was built under the...

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