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Plaza de Armas (San Juan)

San Juan’s hub of civic life is also one of the most popular social destinations, where locals come to drink coffee and trade stories. 

Take a break from exploring Old San Juan in the city’s historic main square, Plaza de Armas. This pleasant plaza is decorated with impressive sculptures and surrounded by important governmental buildings. Come here to mingle with local residents over a cup of coffee or to take a seat in the shade after walking around the old city’s numerous sights. 

Soak up the atmosphere in a square that has been a focal point in San Juan since the 16th century. It was established in 1521 by the Spanish settlers and was used for military drills, giving the square its name. Governor Don Juan de la Pezuela commissioned a redevelopment for the square in 1851, when it became a public space with fountains, outdoor seating and sculptures.

Admire the centerpiece of the square, a fountain surrounded by four statues. Each one of these figures represents one of the seasons and dates back to the 19th century. Benches around the edges of the square sit beneath rows of trees, making it a peaceful place to stop and admire this public art. 

Join other San Juan locals and visitors for a cup of coffee in one of the cafés that offer open-air seating in the square. You may catch sight of old friends playing dominoes or feeding the pigeons well into the evening. 

Take some photos of the impressive City Hall, or Alcaldía, which dominates the square. The eye-catching red and yellow building was built in 1605, with the two turrets added in 1842. Compare it to the City Hall in Madrid, which inspired the design of this landmark. Plaza de Armas also features buildings used by the State Department of Puerto Rico. 

Walk to Plaza de Armas in less than 10 minutes from the cruise docks. The square is within walking distance of sights such as the San Juan Cathedral and the Museum of the Americas. Visit here as part of a walking tour of scenic Old San Juan, an internationally recognized heritage destination.


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    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Puerta de Tierra, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Fort San Jeronimo, Third Millennium Park, and Luis Muñoz Rivera Park. Escambron Beach and Condado Beach are also within 15 minutes.

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    316 Calle Fortaleza, San Juan
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly San Juan hotel is located on the Strip, within a 5-minute walk of Calle Fortaleza and Port of San Juan. San Juan Gate and San Juan Cathedral are also within 10 minutes.

      Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel $111
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      Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel

      100 Brumbaugh Street, San Juan
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Old San Juan, this hotel is steps from Pier 3, Port of San Juan, and Teatro Tapia. Pier 4 and Pier 1 are also within 5 minutes.

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        Hotel El Convento

        100 Cristo St, San Juan
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Old San Juan, this luxury hotel is steps from Statue of Ponce de Leon, San Juan Gate, and San Juan Cathedral. La Fortaleza and Castillo de San Cristobal are also within 10 minutes.

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          Decanter Hotel

          106 Calle San José, Old San Juan, San Juan, PR
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Old San Juan, this hotel is steps from Statue of Ponce de Leon and San Juan Cathedral. San Juan Gate and La Fortaleza are also within 5 minutes.

            Fortaleza Suites $82
            Fortaleza Suites

            Fortaleza Suites

            315 Calle Fortaleza, Old San Juan, San Juan
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Old San Juan, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Calle Fortaleza, Port of San Juan, and San Juan Gate. San Juan Cathedral and La Fortaleza are also within 10 minutes.

              La Terraza de San Juan $114
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              La Terraza de San Juan

              262 Calle del Sol, Viejo San Juan, San Juan
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Old San Juan, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Calle Fortaleza and San Juan Cathedral. San Juan Gate and Castillo de San Cristobal are also within 10 minutes.

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                Villa Herencia Hotel

                23 Cll Caleta Las Monjas, San Juan
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Old San Juan, this boutique hotel is steps from La Rogativa Statue, San Juan Gate, and San Juan Cathedral. Port of San Juan and La Fortaleza are also within 15 minutes.