Exploring Old San Juan in a day can be summed up in a single word: colorful. With only one day to spend in OSJ, I wanted to see and do as much as possible. With the help of readers and lots of travel tips, I had an incredible day exploring the best of Old San Juan.
For starters, breakfast at Caficultura is a must. It’s an institution in the Puerto Rico foodie scene – serving up world class coffee and all-day breakfast. I highly recommend the Cafi Coco and Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon. You also can’t miss their roasted potatoes. They’re to die for!
I stopped at the tourism office for a map and discovered just how small and explorable Old San Juan really is. With just 7 square blocks of historic buildings and sights, you can easily see everything in a day.
My first stop was El Castillo San Felipe del Morro, more commonly known as El Morro. Built in the 1500s as a military structure, it’s now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most picturesque destinations in all of Puerto Rico.
After exploring El Morro, I let myself get lost in the colorful streets. My all time favorite street was Calle San Justo. Beautiful historic buildings in every color of the rainbow line the street and at the ends is a beautiful vista overlooking the sea. It’s super photogenic and quintessentially “Old San Juan.”
My last stop of the day was at Señor Paleta for an artisanal popsicle made from fresh coconut. I think half of it melted as soon as I stepped outside and before I got a chance to taste it, but it was SO good and definitely a must when visiting Old San Juan in a day.