Old San Juan Squares Self-Guided Tour, San Juan (Self Guided)

Old San Juan is packed with historical places, among which are the city’s old squares. Many of them house beautiful fountains, prominent monuments and wonderful sculptures which depict the rich history of this amazing city. Check out San Juan’s most popular historical squares in the next self-guided tour!
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Old San Juan Squares Self-Guided Tour Map

Guide Name: Old San Juan Squares Self-Guided Tour
Guide Location: Puerto Rico » San Juan (See other walking tours in San Juan)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Author: leticia
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Plaza de Beneficencia

1) Plaza de Beneficencia

Plaza de Beneficencia, located near Escuela de Artes Plasticas, is on the list of San Juan Historical Sites. This former place of battle is now a green area with an amazing view of Castillo San Filipe del Morro.
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Plaza del Quinto Centenario (Quincentennial Square)

2) Plaza del Quinto Centenario (Quincentennial Square) (must see)

Plaza del Quinto Centenario is located on the corner of Recinto Sur and San Justo, between Cuartel de Ballajá and Iglesia San José. This plaza was built to commemorate the 500th anniversary of America’s discovery. In its center you will find Tótem Telúrico, an impressive modern sculpture.
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Plaza de San José

3) Plaza de San José

Plaza de San José can be found next to Iglesia San José, near the Pablo Casals Museum. In the center of this small pleasant square is a bronze statue of Spanish explorer, Ponce de León. The square is also surrounded by a vast range of historic buildings.
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Plazuela de la Rogativa (Plaza of Religious Procession)

4) Plazuela de la Rogativa (Plaza of Religious Procession) (must see)

Plazuela de la Rogativa is located between Casa Blanca and the Felisa Rincón de Gautier Museum. Built in 1971, this square is home to a modern sculpture representing the 1797 procession when religious women asked the saints for assistance during a British attack. Four statues sculpted by Lindsay Daen, in the Plazuela de la Rogativa (Rogativa Plaza) in Old San Juan, pay tribute to the bishop and townswomen who participated in La Rogativa.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Plaza de Armas (Arms Square)

5) Plaza de Armas (Arms Square) (must see)

Plaza de Armas is located on San José Street in front of the Spanish colonial style building Casa Alcaldía. This historic square contains four beautiful statues symbolizing the seasons and a wonderful fountain. Built over 100 years ago as the main city square, Plaza de Armas was an important social meeting place for generations and is now a popular tourist attraction.
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Plaza de Hostos

6) Plaza de Hostos

Plaza de Hostos is located near Arsenal de la Puntilla and La Casita. This small beautiful square contains a statue of immigrants in its center and sells arts and crafts, traditional piña coladas and delicious local desserts.
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Plazoleta del Puerto

7) Plazoleta del Puerto

Plazoleta del Puerto is located across the street from Tribunal Federal. This small pleasant square houses the historical building La Casita, which dates back to 1937 and now serves as a tourist information center. It also features a monument to Infante D. Henrique, a variety of beautiful flowers, benches and offers an amazing view of the sea.
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Plaza de Colón (Columbus Square)

8) Plaza de Colón (Columbus Square)

Plaza de Colón, or Columbus Square, was initially called St. James Square and was renamed in 1893 to commemorate Christopher Columbus on the fourth centenary of his discovery of Puerto Rico. Located near Teatro Tapia, this beautiful square contains a Columbus statue and is surrounded by several small cafes.

Walking Tours in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Create Your Own Walk in San Juan

Create Your Own Walk in San Juan

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San Juan Historic Buildings Self-Guided Tour

San Juan Historic Buildings Self-Guided Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
East San Juan Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Old San Juan Orientation Walk

Old San Juan Orientation Walk

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Travel Distance: 4.9 km
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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
East Old San Juan Walking Tour

East Old San Juan Walking Tour

East Old San Juan is a popular tourist area that 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 end!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
San Juan Art Museums And Galleries Walking Tour

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

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km

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Whether you are in San Juan for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best San Juan has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as San Juan, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.