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Paseo de la Princesa (Princess Promenade), San Juan

Paseo de la Princesa (Princess Promenade), San Juan (must see)

No trip to San Juan is complete without a stroll along the beautiful Paseo de la Princesa (Princess Promenade). Built in 1853, this esplanade skirts the curved city walls on the southern side of Old San Juan, near Plaza de Hostos and Plaza Darcenas, and is quite picture-perfect with the San Juan Bay on the one side and the impressive fortification walls on the other. Apart from the hard-to-beat panorama, this romantic walkway conjures up a distinctly European feel, greeting visitors with an array of gardens, historical statues, benches, lovely antique lamp posts and fountains, numerous shops, food-vending carts and street entertainers.

One of its most distinctive landmarks is the Raíces (Roots) Fountain, the magnificent bronze structure designed by Spanish artist, Luis Sanguino, reflecting Puerto Rico’s rich cultural diversity, featuring the Taíno (Amerindian), African and Spanish heritage. From the fountain you can look all the way along the boardwalk, across the San Juan Bay and the Isla de Cabras (“Goat Island”) towards the bay entrance. From here, you can make a slight detour to the narrow path, known as Paseo El Morro, leading to the historic Castillo del Morro (Morro Castle) and the nearby Puerta de San Juan (San Juan Gate), which is the only city gate remaining from the colonial period.

Paseo de la Princesa translates to “Walkway of the Princess”, and gets the name from an old 1837 building, located on the promenade, known as La Princesa. Originally, this building served as a municipal prison, although nowadays it houses headquarters of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and the art gallery.

Why You Should Visit:
A carefully restored historic landmark, one of the most visited in Puerto Rico, ideal to walk or people watch. Great for families and children; easily accessible and traffic free.
Abundance of trees provides plenty of shade. Lots of artisan stalls and street vendors selling local foods, plus festivals and fairs often held here, including artisans fair on weekends.
A good opportunity to admire San Juan's old architecture and take photographs.

Tip:
To quench your thirst, try “piragua”, a shaved-ice topped with your choice of flavoring, or a virgin Pina Colada at Princesa Gastrobar, a cool restaurant with full bar specializing in Puerto Rican rums.
Another popular watering hole is Café La Princesa, a small open air cafe that also offers live music: Thursday – Blues and Funk; Friday and Saturday – Jazz; Sunday – Salsa.

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Paseo de la Princesa (Princess Promenade) on Map

Sight Name: Paseo de la Princesa (Princess Promenade)
Sight Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Create Your Own Walk in San Juan

Create Your Own Walk in San Juan

Creating your own self-guided walk in San Juan is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
San Juan Art Museums And Galleries Tour

San Juan Art Museums And Galleries Tour

San Juan is a great place to learn more about Caribbean, Latin American and Puerto Rican art. It has many interesting museums and excellent galleries, featuring fine works by talented international and local artists. Check out San Juan’s most popular art museums and galleries on this self walking tour!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave San Juan without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to San Juan, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
Old San Juan Squares

Old San Juan Squares

A distinctive feature of Old San Juan is the number of quaint historic squares. Many of them are adorned with beautiful fountains, prominent monuments and intricate sculptures recounting rich history of this amazing city. Check out San Juan’s most popular squares on this self-guided tour!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
San Juan Historic Buildings

San Juan Historic Buildings

San Juan proudly features the country’s oldest quarters and historic buildings. In addition to having the oldest occupied residence in the Western Hemisphere, visitors can also admire the old City Hall, the Cristo Chapel, the historic El Arsenal and many other fascinating attractions. Take this self guided tour to see the most popular and famous historic buildings in San Juan!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Old San Juan Walking Tour

Old San Juan Walking Tour

The old town of San Juan, capital of Puerto Rico, is a lovely historic area with a wealth of colorful Spanish colonial architecture. The most notable landmarks include 16th-century El Morro and La Fortaleza fortresses, towering over the Atlantic, and the Paseo de la Princesa bayside promenade, to mention but a few. To explore Old San Juan's most prominent sights, follow this self-guided walk.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Old San Juan East Side Walking Tour

Old San Juan East Side Walking Tour

The east side of Old San Juan is home to several interesting historical sites, including Castillo de San Cristóbal, El Capitolio, Casa De España and Monumento de la Recordación. Take the following tour to discover the fascinating attractions located in Old San Juan’s east side!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles

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