18 Top Things to Do in Colorful Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Colorful! If there’s one word that captures the essence of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, that’s it. The city is full of color. Colorful buildings, colorful food, and colorful people but wait, there’s more.

This Caribbean capital of Puerto Rico is dripping with history and culture. There are more than enough things to do in Old San Juan to keep you busy for an entire week!

Explore the colorful streets of Old San Juan

The cobblestoned streets, lined by colonial churches and historic buildings, are made for walking.


We saw pink, purple and blue umbrellas floating above the street. The Umbrella Sky Project, was intended to bring color back into the lives of the people after the hurricane.

Stroll along Fortaleza Street


Take a peek at the governor’s house

The frothy blue-and-white confection, with its tiled roof and lots of wrought iron curlicues, has housed every Puerto Rican governor since then.


Admire the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan

Called adoquines, these cobblestones were the blocks of ballast placed in the early ships that sailed over from Spain.


Pop into the historic San Juan Cathedral

The cathedral is free to visit, so you can walk inside and admire the vaulted ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows.


Visit Castillo de San Cristobal

Walk the parapets, take in the beautiful views of Old San Juan below, hold a bayonet in the soldier’s barracks and squeeze through dark tunnels burrowing below the fort.


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