Old San Juan is probably what comes to your mind when you think of Puerto Rico. Chances are if you cruised the Caribbean, you probably stopped here. Whether you are on a cruise, or flying to the island for the week, Old San Juan has to be on your "Must See List". Old San Juan is home to culture, history, and brightly colored buildings. Forts , food, and cobblestone streets. To escape the touristy area and prices of Condado and experience some of the history of Puerto Rico, head on over to Old San Juan.
For my first disclaimer....don't get me wrong... Old San Juan is also really touristy. As I mentioned, it is a huge stop for cruises ships and the port can hold 12 cruise ships at once. Cruise ships dump roughly 3,000 to 5,000 people off (each ship, we checked) at once. If you venture near the cruise terminal, you will be greeted with overweight cruise going Americans poking in and out of touristy shops. But don't let this turn you away from Old San Juan. You can slip into a cafe, or enjoy the sunshine at one of the parks. You can get lost in one of the cities massive forts.
But before you do all of that,
pay attention to my DO's and DONT's of visiting Old San Juan.