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Old San Juan

Old San Juan


San Juan was founded in 1508 by Juan Ponce de Leon and is the oldest city under the U.S. flag. In the 20th century the city expanded beyond its walled confines, known as Old San Juan, to incorporate suburban Miramar, Santurce, Condado, Hato Rey and Río Piedras. For travelers looking for a cosmopolitan vacation, San Juan offers a myriad of attractions, including, exclusive shopping, fine museums, trendy restaurants and hip nightclubs. And the team of seasoned concierges at the Caribe Hilton Hotel will be more than pleased to help coordinate any of your desired activities. 


Old San Juan is the heart and soul of the island. A melting pot of Spanish, Afro-Caribbean, Taíno and Anglo influences converge in its history, architecture, galleries, music and gastronomy making it home to countless must-see sites. Designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations, this really is a cultural district not to be missed.

Walking tours allow you to explore at your leisure, while a free trolley ride lets you sit and relax while it takes you around streets paved with blue cobblestones.