San Juan - Caribbean Port of San Juan

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    El Morro Fortress in San Juan, Puerto Rico

    El Morro Fortress in San Juan, Puerto Rico
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico El Morro Fortress in San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Capital of Puerto Rico and a Commonwealth of the United States

    Puerto Rico is a diverse Caribbean island about the size of Connecticut. The island is covered with historical sites, mountains and rain forests, and is circled by mangrove swamps and beautiful beaches. Many cruise ships sailing the eastern Caribbean either embark, disembark, or stopover in San Juan, and the cruise ship pier is conveniently located in the picturesque old town.

    Because of the diversity of the island, the variety of things to do in San Juan and Puerto Rico is excellent, ranging from adventure-oriented activities to sightseeing to exciting nightlife. Many cruisers spend their day walking around old town, exploring the old forts and learning about the history of the island. Others go four-wheeling, horseback riding, kayaking in a bio-luminescent bay, or hiking in the beautiful El Yunque Rain Forest. Included with the natural beauty and history of Puerto Rico, San Juan also has some great shopping, casinos, and...MORE night life.

    Hiking in El Yunque Park

    Things to Do in San Juan

    El Morro is the first piece of Spanish history that passengers see when sailing into San Juan. The fort was used to protect the city from sea invasions.

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    El Morro Fortress in San Juan, Puerto Rico

    El Morro Fortress in San Juan, Puerto Rico
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico El Morro Fortress in San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    El Capitolio - Capital Building of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

    El Capitolio - Capital Building of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico El Capitolio - Capital Building of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    El Capitolio - Capital Building of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

    El Capitolio - Capital Building of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico El Capitolio - Capital Building of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Iguanas - San Juan Iguanas at Castillo San Cristobal

    Iguanas - San Juan Iguanas at Castillo San Cristobal
    ••• Iguanas on the Fortress Wall at Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico Iguanas - San Juan Iguanas at Castillo San Cristobal. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Iguanas were once used as stand-ins for dinosaurs in old movies. You can certainly see why, when you view one close up!

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    Lizard Clip Art

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    Narrow Street in Old San Juan

    Narrow Street in Old San Juan
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico Narrow Street in Old San Juan. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Old San Juan is only about seven square blocks and is perfect for walking.

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    Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    San Critobal is the largest Spanish fort built in the New World. It is part of the defensive system for San Juan started about 1539.

    Castillo San Cristobal was an important fortification for Spain, and the Spanish Empire used it primarily to protect from land-based attacks for over 250 years. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Castillo San Cristobal was often called the "Gibraltar of the West Indies".

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    View of Old San Juan from the Castillo San Cristobal

    View of Old San Juan from the Castillo San Cristobal
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico View of Old San Juan from the Castillo San Cristobal. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Iguana in the Grass at Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan

    Iguana in the Grass at Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan
    ••• Look Closely When Exploring in San Juan - You Might See an Iguana! Iguana in the Grass at Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    This iguana was difficult to see in the grass surrounding San Cristobal. These interesting lizards certainly use their coloring as good camouflage!

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    Castillo San Cristobal - San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Castillo San Cristobal - San Juan, Puerto Rico
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico Castillo San Cristobal - San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    When strolling through the plaza of old forts like San Cristobal, you can almost picture the hundreds of troops who worked there.

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    View of the Cruise Ship Pier from Castillo San Cristobal

    View of the Cruise Ship Pier from Castillo San Cristobal
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico View of the Cruise Ship Pier from Castillo San Cristobal. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Its only a few short blocks (uphill) from the cruise ship pier to San Cristobal. El Morro is another mile away.

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    Fortress Wall at Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Fortress Wall at Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico Fortress Wall at Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    San Juan, Puerto Rico
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    The domed building on the right is the capitol. Isn't the surf beautiful?

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    Guardhouse at Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Guardhouse at Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico Guardhouse at Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    San Juan, Puerto Rico - View of the Capitol Building

    San Juan, Puerto Rico
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    San Juan, Puerto Rico
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico from a Caribbean Cruise San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Views like this one are why visitors love Puerto Rico!

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    Fortress Wall at Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Fortress Wall at Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico Fortress Wall at Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Plaza de Colon - Columbus Plaza in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Plaza de Colon - Columbus Plaza in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico Plaza de Colon - Columbus Plaza in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Christopher Columbus stands proudly in Plaza de Colon, the plaza named for him on the 400th anniversary of his second voyage to the new world.

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    Castillo San Cristobal - San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Castillo San Cristobal - San Juan, Puerto Rico
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico Castillo San Cristobal - San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cruise Ship Pier in San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Cruise Ship Pier in San Juan, Puerto Rico
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico Cruise Ship Pier in San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Cruise ships dock just a few blocks from Old San Juan, so you don't really need to book a walking tour from the ship - you can explore on your own.

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    Walking Tour of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Walking Tour of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico Walking Tour of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Old San Juan has many colorful buildings to see such as this one.

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    View of San Juan from Holland America Eurodam

    View of San Juan from Holland America Eurodam
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico View of San Juan from Holland America Eurodam. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    The cruise ship pier is very conveniently located in San Juan, and the old town is within walking distance.

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    Cannonballs at Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan

    Cannonballs at Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan
    ••• Things to See in San Juan, Puerto Rico Cannonballs at Castillo San Cristobal in San Juan. San Juan Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    San Cristobal is the largest Spanish fortification in the New World. It protected San Juan from land-and sea-based attacks with its cannons.