Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas
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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.

Top Hotels Close to Plaza de Armas

El Colonial - Adults Only
El Colonial - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
312 C. de San Francisco, San Juan, San Juan, 00901
The price is $119 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 10
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4.8/5 Exceptional! (283 reviews)
"I loved staying at El Colonial! As a single woman, I loved being in the center of OSJ, appreciated feeling safe, and liked knowing that the staff was always available, 24/7 - as was the bar, heyooo. The rooms are plain, but functional, and it's easy and fun to meet people in the lobby. I had a great ..."

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La Terraza de San Juan
La Terraza de San Juan
3.5 out of 5
262 Calle del Sol, Viejo San Juan, San Juan, 00901
The price is $129 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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4.4/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"A beautiful vintage property; and comfortable rooms and beds. The architecture is wonderful. The pool and the terrace on the roof is excellent. One of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed at."

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Hotel El Convento
Hotel El Convento
4.5 out of 5
100 Cristo St, San Juan, 00901
The price is $159 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 11
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El Colonial - Adults Only
El Colonial - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
312 C. de San Francisco, San Juan, San Juan, 00901
The price is $119 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 10
El Colonial - Adults Only
La Terraza de San Juan
La Terraza de San Juan
3.5 out of 5
262 Calle del Sol, Viejo San Juan, San Juan, 00901
The price is $129 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
La Terraza de San Juan
Hotel El Convento
Hotel El Convento
4.5 out of 5
100 Cristo St, San Juan, 00901
The price is $159 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 11
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CasaBlanca Hotel
CasaBlanca Hotel
3.5 out of 5
316 Calle Fortaleza, San Juan, 00901
The price is $122 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 10
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Palacio Provincial - Adults Only
Palacio Provincial - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
103 Calle San Francisco, Old San Juan, San Juan, 00901
The price is $127 per night from Sep 8 to Sep 9
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Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel
Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel
4 out of 5
100 Brumbaugh Street, San Juan, 00901
The price is $144 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
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Decanter Hotel
Decanter Hotel
3 out of 5
106 Calle San José, Old San Juan, San Juan, PR, 00901
The price is $145 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 8
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Fortaleza Suites
Fortaleza Suites
3.5 out of 5
315 Calle Fortaleza, Old San Juan, San Juan, 00901
The price is $128 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 10
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Apt 10 in the heart of Old San Juan
Apt 10 in the heart of Old San Juan
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Apt 10 in the heart of Old San Juan
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