El Morro (Castillo de San Felipe del Morro)
One of the most photographed sites in the Caribbean, your visit to Old San Juan just wouldn’t be complete without seeing El Morro. It is the most popular historic site in Puerto Rico; a “must see” attraction that is just 1.1 miles / 1.8 km from our hotel.
San Cristobal Fortress
Considered the sister fortress of El Morro, the Castillo de San Cristóbal is the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World. Upon its completion in 1783, it covered about 27 acres of land. Entry to the city was sealed by San Cristóbal's double gates. In 1897, about a third of the fortification was demolished to help the flow of traffic. This impressive fortress is just 0.3 miles or 500 meters from our hotel.
Plaza de Armas (Arms Square)
Located in Old San Juan's main square, on San José Street. Features four statues representing the four seasons; all are over 100 years old. It was carefully planned as the main city square and has served as a social meeting place for generations.
Plaza Colon (Columbus square)
Originally called St. James Square and renamed in 1893 to honor Christopher Columbus on the 400th anniversary of his discovery of Puerto Rico; bronze tablets at the pedestal of the Columbus statue record important events in the explorer's life.
An all new large retail and dining area across from the hotel, sits along the San Antonio Canal with a public parks system and recreational areas.
Del Cristo Chapel
Del Cristo Chapel is true Old San Juan landmark and a masterpiece that serves as an anchor of busy Cristo Street. The chapel was built in the mid – late 1700’s and is rich with history and legends. Adorned with beautiful Campeche paintings and gold ornamented altar; both can be viewed from the glass windows.
Plaza San José
An intimate cobblestone plaza, located on one of the highest points of land in Old San Juan. The statue of Juan Ponce de León, cast from an English cannon, is the centerpiece of this charming plaza. In this area you can also stroll on San Sebastián and Calle del Cristo where an array of cafes and restaurants invite you to step inside and enjoy the local flavors and exotic scents that permeate through the air.
Plaza del Quinto Centenario (Quincentennial Square)
This plaza is the cornerstone of Puerto Rico's commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of the New World.
Bacardi Rum Factory
The real spirit of Puerto Rico can easily be found at the Barcardi Rum Factory. Enjoy famous rum beverages, learn about the fascinating history of Barcardi Rum, and see the production process first hand. Free tours are offered daily. Casa Barcardi is located 9.8 miles / 15.7 km from Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino; it is easily accessible by taking a ferry to Catano.
Centro de Bellas Artes
This concert hall provides a beautiful atmosphere for enjoying live concerts and entertaining plays. A separate music hall, added to the center, is the home of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. This well-appointed venue is a great way to experience a concert, live dance, music theatre, or even an opera.
Puerto Rico Museum of Art
Art lovers will definitely want to visit the Puerto Rico Museum of Art located in the Santurce neighborhood. This 90-year old neoclassical structure includes 18 permanent galleries, a sculpture garden, and a theatre. Galleries include notable works of local island artists.
Museo de Arte de Ponce
Another popular museum, The Museo de Arte de Ponce, received a $30 Million renovation and features European works from the 14th-19th centuries, and some of the islands must-see pieces.
Museum of the Americas
The Museum of the Americas in Old San Juan highlights the histories and culture of America from the perspective of early settlers in the Caribbean. An open courtyard frequently hosts local concerts. Travel Tip: on Thursday and Friday evenings enjoy a free 30 minute light show on the building at 7 and 8pm.
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