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  • 05
  • Sep
  • 2014

3 things to do in Old San Juan on your Caribbean cruise

If you are planning on taking a Caribbean cruise that either stops in Puerto Rico, or departs from there, you are going to have plenty of ways to fill an afternoon or two while on the island. If you’re more interested in going off the beaten path and exploring some lesser known areas of a new place, then going to Old San Juan will be right up your alley! While this part of the city and the island might lack the beaches and resorts of the more tourist-y parts of Puerto Rico, it is filled with natural beauty and fun ways to enjoy your vacation.

Here are our top picks of ways to spend your afternoon in Puerto Rico:

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Dine out: For the perfect lunch spot, take a stroll on Fortaleza Street. It has a reputation for being the restaurant row, which contains some of the best spots to eat in the entire town! Stop here for lunch for a memorable – and delicious – afternoon.

Go salsa dancing: If you want to let loose and enjoy an afternoon with a few drinks and some dancing, Nuyorican Café is the spot for you! Just make sure you are able to keep up with everybody on the dance floor, as the music will get very lively and energetic.


Photo courtesy of Nuyorican Cafe


Try their delicious foods while dancing at the Nuyorican Cafe

Visit the forts: Explore the history in Old San Juan by checking out the old fortresses on the waterfront. El Morro and La Fortaleza attract many tourists on this part of the island. You will get lost in the beauty of these structures, from the still-intact defense walls to the cannons.


Tour the Bacardi Distillery: The tour involves a history of San Juan, archaic rum making, and the Bacardi family. It also includes a lesson on how to make a cuba libre, mojito and daiquiri.  There is also an area where you can sniff the various kinds of rum. Touring Casa Bacardi is an easy and inexpensive way to spend an afternoon. Here is a short clip of what to expect on a Royal Caribbean’s Bacardi Distllery tour:[youtube][/youtube]

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