We will be cruising the Paradise the beginning of Sept. and need advice on what to do in San Juan (will be there quite a while) and also what to do in St Thomas. Will be traveling with my hubby & 2 girls ages 5 & 13. Thanks for all advice!
Old San Juan is a beautiful walking port. Take the free trolley across the street from the pier and go all the way up to the fort El Morro. Both kids will love discovering this old fort. Even bring kites for flying on the beautiful grounds. From there you can hop on the trolley or walk down hill. There are museums, cathedrals, the Governors mansion. Get a good tourist walking map of Old San Juan and check out the historic sites to see. There is a beautiful walk in the park named LaPrincessa. It is along the sea with beautiful statues, flowers and a great way to compare old and new. There are plazas where you will often find music being played. You could stop into the Butterfly cafe for a refreshing drink or bite to eat. The El Convento Hotel was an old convent which has a lovely cafe within its garden court which is open to the public. The kids are too young for the Bacardi Rum factory tour and won't need another beach stop. The only other tour might be El Yuneque Rain Forest but the kids may be bored with that especially the ride to and from.
I copied this thread to take with me so I don't miss any great spots! Do they give you maps on ship or is there a tourist info nearby to obtain one? Also, where is the Crown and Anchor Club, anywhere near OSJ?
We'll also be taking kites to fly at the fort (thanks to aprevious thread from Donna).
When we arrived in San Juan we didn't leave the ship until 6:30 p.m. After touring the local area we headed to the Wyndham Old San Juan Casino which is only two blocks from where we were docked. After that we ate at the Carl Cafe which is an indoor/outdoor restaurant with live jazz inside but you could also hear it out on the patio. It was a wonderful spot to stop an relax and to people watch. A spot not to be missed and reasonable, too.
As long as your ship docks right in Old San Juan, get off and walk towards the Left past the Wyndham and adjacent buildings. When you get to the park, go into the Pink Information building for the great Pocket map. If you are not cruising for a while, you might contact the PR tourist bureau and maybe they can send you a pocket map. Also ask for Que Pas "What's Happening" brochure. It too will have sites not to be missed and a map.