The Smallest House in the World!

Located on Calle Tetuán is La Casa Estrecha (the Narrow House). It has the reputation of being the smallest house in the world. You will find it there sandwiched between two much larger houses. On the inside, it is only 5 feet wide, goes back 36 feet, and has 2 stories. …

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Plazas and Parks

Raices Fountain

Old San Juan has many plazas and parks scattered throughout the city. Each one has a story behind it that offers a chance to learn about the city’s rich history. A list of what you will find as you tour about the city is below. Child Friendly Attraction Click the names …

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Catedral de San Juan

Cathedral Dome

The Catedral de San Juan is the second oldest cathedral in the Americas. The Roman Catholic Church built it and dedicated it to John the Baptist. Alonso Manso supervised the building of the original church in 1521. The church, built originally as a wooden structure with a thatched roof, could not withstand …

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El Morro

El Morro Fort Tower

Castillo San Felipe del Morro is a 16th century fortress.  El Morro means “promontory” in English. The fortress is located on the northwestern tip of Old San Juan. El Morro is one of the most prominent and internationally known Puerto Rican historic landmarks. The original fortress, constructed in 1540, guarded the entrance …

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Festivals in Old San Juan

Festival fireworks

One thing you can be sure of Puerto Ricans party-hardy! You can save yourself a lot of stress by scheduling your Caribbean vacation around a San Juan festival.  Below is a list of some great events that you may want to check out while you are here. San Sebastian Festival – …

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La Fortaleza

La Fortaleza

La Fortaleza (The Fortress) is the official residence of the Governor. It is the oldest executive mansion in the New World still in continuous use. Built in 1533, it has housed over 170 governors since then. La Fortaleza was the first structure built for defense against the Carib Indians and …

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The Legend of La Rogativa

La Rogativa

La Rogativa is a famous bronze statue located in the Plazuela de la Rogativa on Caleta de las Monjas near La Puerta de San Juan. Rogativa is a Spanish word derived from the verb “rogar” meaning to plea or to supplicate. A Rogativa is a large procession of people making a plea to …

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A Walk Along Paseo de la Princesa

Paseo de la Princesa

Paseo de la Princesa, constructed in 1853, is a lovely promenade that skirts the curved old city walls on the southern side of Old San Juan. No trip to San Juan is complete without a stroll along the esplanade. Paseo de la Princesa means “Walkway of the Princess”. It gets its name …

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