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Old San Juan

This small, cobblestone plaza reminds you just how old San Juan really is. Also, how it can offer a quiet, calm, human-scale way of life. Sit on one of the park benches under a shade tree and just soak in the spirit of the old city, while you appreciate the architecture of the La Iglesia San José, the second-oldest Christian church in the New World. If you're lucky, you may arrive during one of the occasional concerts that are held in the plaza.

The central feature of the plaza is a statue of Juan Ponce de León atop a large stone column. It says something about the history of the island when you realize that it was cast from cannons captured from the English during one of their raids on the city... in 1797!

Utrip Tips

*Check out the Pablo Casals Museum, the Iglesia de San Jose, and the statue of Ponce de León.

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