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San Juan Puerto Rico Photos

San Juan, Puerto
With almost 500 years of history behind it, San Juan, Puerto Rico is one of the oldest cities flying the U.S. Flag.

Puerto Rico (the island) was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and the port city of San Juan eventually became an important intermediary stop were almost all European ships would restock before making their long trans-Atlantic crossing back to Europe.

In fact, on their way back to Spain, Spanish Galleons would pass through San Juan loaded with gold and booty from Mexico and South America.

Without question, Old San Juan is one of the gems of the Caribbean with its colorful style and fascinating history.

san juan fountain

This is the "Roots Fountain" in Old San Juan. It celebrates Puerto Rico's Taino, Spanish, and African heritage.

colorful bar san juan

A cozy bar in Old San Juan.

pigeons old san juan

These pigeons found a secure home in one of the walls of Castillo San Felipe del Morro.

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Street vendor in Old San Juan.

bar in old san juan

Old San Juan is arguably the most vibrant city in the Caribbean today.

street light old san juan

The Christmas holiday season is bright in Old San Juan, and decorations are everywhere.

pathway old san juan

A tree-lined path leading to San Juan Bay, and to Castillo San Felipe del Morro.

old street in san juan

Many buildings in Old San Juan are painted in beautiful bright Caribbean colors, and this street is typical.

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The seasonally decorated gate entrance to Paseo La Princesa, often called "Old San Juan's best promenade."

horse statue old san juan

This horse is a small part of the "Roots Fountain" in Old San Juan. It celebrates Puerto Rico's Taino, Spanish, and African heritage. The fountain is lovely during the day, but simply stunning in the evening.

street art old san juan

Among Old San Juan's most inspired attractions is its amazing street. Local artists are flourishing, and their creations are on display within the old city walls.

cat old san juan

Feral cats in Old San Juan live on feedings by volunteers, who leave kibble and water where they dwell along a scenic walkway below the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, the fortress dominating the entrance to San Juan Bay that is run by the U.S. Park Service.

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This page was last updated on June 16, 2020.