Exploring Old San Juan 🇵🇷 Puerto Rico After the Storm. Travel Guide to the City 🗺

  • Published on Apr 7, 2019
  • We spend the day exploring Old San Juan, Puerto Rico to find out the best things to do in the old city!
    We start out at one of the furthest points in the city, an old fortification called Castillo San Felipe del Morro San Juan. We spend a little while exploring the vast grounds, people watching, and enjoying the view, including overlooking an old cemetery.
    Next we head out into the city and come across a beautiful courtyard that reminded us quite a bit of Southern Spain. The courtyard is part of the Museo de las Américas but you don’t have to pay to go into the museum in order to see the courtyard.
    It was a really hot day so we decided to grab some ice cream at the famous Señor Paleta. It is essentially ice cream on a stick and we got one Oreo flavour and one Nutella.
    Afterwards we headed to the Paseo de la Princesa which is a promenade which really comes alive on Sunday’s with vendors and even people salsa dancing. After this we headed up the street to find the famous umbrellas on Fortaleza Street. Being Sunday it was packed with people.
    Lastly we decided to try a famous Puerto Rican drink. We’ve had many Pina Coladas in the past without knowing where they came from. But it turns out the were invented right in Old San Juan at a restaurant called Barrachina. We head to the original restaurant to try it for ourselves.
    Old San Juan is a historic district located at the "northwest triangle" of the islet of San Juan. Its area roughly correlates to the Ballajá, Catedral, Marina, Mercado, San Cristóbal, and San Francisco subbarrios of barrio San Juan Antiguo in the municipality of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
    Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island and unincorporated U.S. territory with a landscape of mountains, waterfalls and the El Yunque tropical rainforest. In San Juan, the capital and largest city, the Isla Verde area is known for its hotel strip, beach bars and casinos. Its Old San Juan neighborhood features colorful Spanish colonial buildings and El Morro and La Fortaleza, massive, centuries-old fortresses.

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Comments • 206

  • Delightful Travellers
    Delightful Travellers  7 months ago +8

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    Don’t forget to hit the 'thumbs up' button if you enjoyed the video and hit SUBSCRIBE ✅ (and that little bell 🔔) to follow along on our travels. Stay Delightful!✌️- Anna & Trevor

    • Ian Linera
      Ian Linera 6 months ago

      I didn't know they had churro in the old San Juan

    • Daviel Guzman
      Daviel Guzman 7 months ago

      Hi hope you enjoy PR I'm from Puerto Rico

  • marcosberrios 2006
    marcosberrios 2006 24 days ago +1

    Guys, you should have tried fresh-made piña colada!
    It's better and it's the authentic, real one

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  • Chasing Jaunts
    Chasing Jaunts 2 months ago

    It was so hot when we went at the end of August! Those ice pops from senor paleta were so tasty! It was pretty quiet around Old San Juan, definitely not the busy season when we went and also Dorian was approaching :/ we left just before it went over the island as a tropical storm. The umbrellas were also taken down, we also got there just after the protests. Our favorite part of our trip was definitely getting to Culebra and Flamenco beach for a day. We'll be posting that in a few weeks, have so much to edit!

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  2 months ago

      Sounds like a pretty great trip all around you guys. I bet it's quiet that time of year like you said. We really want to back! PR swept us off our feet 🤗- Anna

  • Laura Elle
    Laura Elle 2 months ago

    I also visited PR in March and it was fun seeing it from your point of view. I stayed a week in Old San Juan and fell in love with the location and its people. I didn't make it to the rainforest in that time, though, so just another reason to go back 😉

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  2 months ago +1

      Same with us. We wanted to get to the rainforest but we just ran out of time. We'll go back at some point! - Anna

  • Maya Sofia
    Maya Sofia 3 months ago

    You should try Lolita's in Luquillo it's amazing and their piña coladas are really good

  • Corey 22
    Corey 22 4 months ago +1

    Hey guys thanks for visiting Puerto Rico. I live here and it gives us great joy to see people from all over the world world enjoying the island. I hope you got to see “El Yunque National rainforest “ and also visited the beaches. Happy travels!

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  4 months ago +1

      We'll have to come back again and visit the rainforest and some fo the islands. We just ran out of time - Anna

  • Chamy s Life
    Chamy s Life 4 months ago +1

    I am born in Puerto Rico and I live in Puerto Rico but in bayamon

  • Captain Ed
    Captain Ed 4 months ago

    Spanish bartender Don Ramon Portas Mingot in 1963 created what became the world's famous drink: thePiña Colada." In 1978 Puerto Rico proclaimed the cocktail its official drink.

  • Itzzkiki
    Itzzkiki 4 months ago

    Omgg that brought soo many memories 🥺 I miss my little and beautiful island ❤️

  • Zeke Lugo Santini
    Zeke Lugo Santini 4 months ago +1

    You are our favorite travel guides! Thank you, and God Bless!

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  4 months ago

      We are?!!! Woh thanks so much. There's a lot of us out there so that means a lot 😃 - Anna

  • Coco 135i
    Coco 135i 4 months ago

    Love the way you describe the city. Thank you for loving my home.

  • Krystine Adame
    Krystine Adame 5 months ago

    Stopped watching after saving $7 . . . , check out museum guys

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  5 months ago

      We travel half the year (every year) Krystine. We've seen a lot of of forts, museums, castles etc in many different countries throughout the world. We just decided to skip this one and save some $ for other things in PR - Trevor

  • Hanshi Liz Delgado
    Hanshi Liz Delgado 5 months ago +1

    As a Puerto Rican.... Thanks for a great Exploration,Reporting 🤓

  • Wanda Ferrer
    Wanda Ferrer 5 months ago

    Dear Delightful Travelers, look up the history of the city of Old San Juan and of the for El Moro. You will be surprised how old it actually is.

  • Juan  Echeverri
    Juan Echeverri 6 months ago +2

    Pina Colada is much older than that /Old San Juan Is The best well preserved. Spanish colonial city in the Americas.

  • TheFrizbaloid
    TheFrizbaloid 6 months ago

    Puerto Rico and especially San Juan is so beautiful and historic. Hawaii is pretty awesome but PR is better. Do yourself a favor and visit.

  • Giovanni Logrono
    Giovanni Logrono 6 months ago

    They allow cars in Old San Juan because people actually live and work there.

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  6 months ago +1

      Lots of other old towns are the same. Of course people live there. We were saying it would be nice to have some streets closed off. Not all. - Trevor

  • Glorimar Melendez
    Glorimar Melendez 6 months ago

    The building at 3:04 in which the courtyard and Museo de las Americas are located is called "Cuartel de Ballajá". During Spanish/colonial times, it used to hold military barracks, and early in the 20th century it was used as a hospital.

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  6 months ago

      Oh so good to know. We just stumbled across it while walking around. No one was in there and it looked very inviting - Trevor

  • Glorimar Melendez
    Glorimar Melendez 6 months ago

    Great video quality!

  • Carmen Hernandez
    Carmen Hernandez 6 months ago +1

    Hope next yr 2020 I’m going to my island 🏝vacation to stay in San Juan and to see my sister and my uncle and old friends 👫👍🇵🇷

  • Carmen Hernandez
    Carmen Hernandez 6 months ago

    Hey trevor and anna don’t forget to go el yunque rainforest is nice i when there with my family is alot to walk but u see alot thing and hear coqui sound 👍🐸🌴

  • SENE Hartowitz
    SENE Hartowitz 6 months ago

    Beautiful island!!!

  • Margarita Gutierrez
    Margarita Gutierrez 6 months ago


  • Gorgeous with Ney
    Gorgeous with Ney 6 months ago

    All the cities that you mentioned do look the same because all the places where conquered by Spain 🇪🇸

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  6 months ago

      Exactly. But it's extra interesting that it's just these 4 cities. Spain conquered a lot more than this. I wonder why these 4 had the same colourful treatment? - Trevor

  • Gloria Martinez
    Gloria Martinez 6 months ago

    La barra china

  • Gloria Martinez
    Gloria Martinez 6 months ago

    Calle de la Fortaleza con las sombrillas

  • viyau
    viyau 6 months ago

    Such a fun time going along with you guys.

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  6 months ago +1

      We're so glad you're enjoying it. There's a lot more on the way Viyau - Anna

  • Ruben Ayende
    Ruben Ayende 6 months ago

    The graveyard and other places from Old San Juan were featured in the movie Assassins with Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas.

  • Rose Cali
    Rose Cali 6 months ago +13

    Great City, Great Culture, Beautiful People...✌🏼🤟🏼🇵🇷🇺🇸

  • pito405
    pito405 6 months ago +1

    My Puerto Rico. I love it. Me

  • Roberto Santiago
    Roberto Santiago 7 months ago

    Thanks for the memories...grew up there and enjoyed thoroughly seeing the old haunts!..in those days we could walk on the streets with our drinks and watch the sunrise in front of the Puerta de San Juan...thanks again!

  • Epster Man
    Epster Man 7 months ago

    You guys didn’t go into the Castillo ?! It was only $7. It is sooooo worth it! Bad choice. You missed something epic with so much history and the views are amazing !

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  7 months ago

      We had many other things to do that day so we decided to pass. Maybe another time - Anna

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    Norma Josken Beamora 7 months ago +3


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  • Rebecca Gutierrez
    Rebecca Gutierrez 7 months ago +1

    The piña colada IS pineapple.

  • Tercio De Sousa
    Tercio De Sousa 7 months ago

    Crepes Delicious paseo la princesa the best......

  • Tercio De Sousa
    Tercio De Sousa 7 months ago

    Hola we are the owners of the crepes stand, we appreciate it a lot hope to see you come back, comment if you want contact to visit us when u come down here

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  7 months ago

      Thanks for watching. When we come back, we'll try your crepes 😋- Trevor

  • Electric Song
    Electric Song 7 months ago +1

    Love this video of my beautiful home!
    I live right there in the old San Juan and I totally agree with the cars passing by, it should be closed and only for walking.
    The audio is really good considering that in San Juan is really windy. What mic are you guys using?

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  7 months ago

      We're so glad you like the video 😃The mic we use is a Rode Video Micro. It really cuts down that wind noise 👌- Trevor

  • Jesus Torres
    Jesus Torres 7 months ago

    You should've gone inside El Morro. It's just spectacular.

  • im filipino but I hate Philippines

    Wow so nice place hope I go there

  • Jani V
    Jani V 7 months ago

    Lovely depiction of Old San Juan!! My beautiful island 💕💕 I was there 2 weeks ago and made travel vlog of some pretty beautiful beaches. Miss it so much already! Hoy you enjoyed your trip to my home!!!

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  7 months ago

      Jani thank you! Your island is incredible. We didn't expect to have this much fun in PR. We have lots more adventures on the way 😃- Anna

  • Rebecca Gutierrez
    Rebecca Gutierrez 7 months ago

    No offense to you guys I admire what you're trying to do. But if you're going to do social media don't criticize the place you're at. It doesn't go well with the video people will misperceive what you're trying to do. Even if it's true that there's something negative you can say just don't do it. Omit that from your videos.

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  7 months ago +1

      Huh? You watched that whole video and the only comment you have is about us 'criticizing' Puerto Rico? Maybe watch it again. We loved PR!
      All we said is that there might be another way to think about handling car traffic vs pedestrian traffic. I'm not sure why that rubbed you the wrong way. - Trevor

  • filorican adventures
    filorican adventures 7 months ago

    Nice video you guys are awesome

  • Los primo travieso Otero

    Tengo 10 años

  • Los primo travieso Otero

    Yo soy de 🇵🇷 Puerto Rico

  • Ricky Ramírez
    Ricky Ramírez 7 months ago

    Thanks for visiting our little piece of paradise, guys! Bienvenidos y Gracias!🌴🌞

    • Ricky Ramírez
      Ricky Ramírez 7 months ago

      Oh! Fun fact! Mr BB King gave a concert in that plaza some years ago!

    • Ricky Ramírez
      Ricky Ramírez 7 months ago

      The building with the center plaza or interior patio was the soldiers barracks back in the day!
      It’s called Cuartel Ballajá or Ballajá Quarters...the huge interior patio was where they did the formations.
      You ought to see it at night! There is a show presented on the wall and you can see the history of our Island from the taino indians all the way to the war.
      You can probably google it under Cuartel Ballaja, Old San Juan!!!

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  7 months ago

      Ricky thanks for having us. We're glad you're enjoying the series - Trevor

  • Ivelisse Gonzalez
    Ivelisse Gonzalez 7 months ago +1

    Haven’t been to el paseo de la princesa since like a little more than 5 years ago... great memories as a kid going with my family

  • B'comingFree Vandweller
    B'comingFree Vandweller 7 months ago +3

    Are you still in PR? If so you need to go eat at Los Yeyos in Old San Juan. Food is amazing. So glad to see you enjoying our tiny Island. 😍

  • Kay2be2mr
    Kay2be2mr 7 months ago

    It's now $7 to go into El Morro?! I remember when it was free! And later on when I went with my parents as a teen they told us it was $3 so we said no and left, and now its $7!!! I know that the island needs the money but only tourists are willing to spend that, it's keeping locals away.

    • Laura Elle
      Laura Elle 2 months ago

      You can easily spend an entire afternoon exploring the many levels of San Felipe, but that $7 also gives you entrance to San Cristobal within 24hrs of purchase. It's actually a great value. Both forts are within walking distance to one another, we were able to visit both with one ticket.

    • Kay2be2mr
      Kay2be2mr 7 months ago

      @Delightful Travellers Well I'm in my 30s now, I'm talking about when I was still a kid basically. I live on the island and my coworker was just telling me about this. She said she went with her daughter and grandkids but when they told them the price they all said no thank you and left. Young locals flock to the clubs and bar scenes of San Juan, the beaches, but when it comes to historical sights and museums there's less interest. Even less with the admission prices.

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  7 months ago

      When was it free? We're not shocked that prices go up of course as that happens everywhere in the world. If the locals aren't visiting that's really too bad - Trevor

  • Jen A
    Jen A 7 months ago +1

    Why do they permit cars in el viejo San Juan? Cause people live there😂😂

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  7 months ago +1

      You've missed the point. We didn't say remove the cars. We said they should have some pedestrian only streets like other old towns in the world. A bit of both would be nice IMO - Trevor

  • Pass Da Blunt Cuz
    Pass Da Blunt Cuz 7 months ago

    What about limbers

    • Pass Da Blunt Cuz
      Pass Da Blunt Cuz 7 months ago

      @Delightful Travellers Hopefully you guys get to try them out soon. Thank You! I'm dying to see where you guys go next. Have fun!!

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  7 months ago +1

      Marii Marrero how did we miss those!? They sound good. Welcome to our little channel btw ✌️

    • Pass Da Blunt Cuz
      Pass Da Blunt Cuz 7 months ago

      @Delightful Travellers Like a popsicle in a cup but more creamy/tropical.

    • Pass Da Blunt Cuz
      Pass Da Blunt Cuz 7 months ago

      Oh, s***, you guys reply to comments?? Cool, I knew I was right to subscribe. Lol jk I just discovered your channel and wanted to stay tuned.
      Anyway, it's either water mixed with syrup, the ones they used in piraguas, and frozen in a cup. They also make them with milk and flavors like panut or coconut, which are my favorites. Everyone eats them, specially in barrios because they can go as cheap as a quarter. Very creamy and it won't run down your hand. I suggest you flip it within the cup so its easier to eat.

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  7 months ago +1

      What's that?

    CINE STAR 7 months ago +4

    They need to go to Orocovis PR (Toro Verde) it's super cool.
    I love your videos👍

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  7 months ago +1

      We're so glad you like the videos. We'll look that place up as well - Anna

  • Milly Gz
    Milly Gz 7 months ago

    Duuuuuuuhhhh of coouurseeeee. And as well the rest of the island.

  • Ashley M. Maldonado
    Ashley M. Maldonado 7 months ago +14

    MY PUERTO RICO I LOVE MY ISLAND!! 🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🥰🥰🥰🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷

  • Shennen Sahir
    Shennen Sahir 7 months ago +4

    Quick tip: if you go to Señor Paleta, which you really should😂, try the limonada de fresa flavor because it is absolutely amazing.

  • Suemiled Montañez
    Suemiled Montañez 7 months ago +3

    I’m a Puerto Rican living in PR and we are so glad you came and explored our island, sad I didn’t get to meet ya, but you should come more and go to Rio Grande or Ponce or Cabo Rojo

  • Denisse Santiago
    Denisse Santiago 7 months ago +5

    Puerto Rico es MI casa!

  • Stephanie Rojas
    Stephanie Rojas 7 months ago +1

    I drink the piña colada without Ron and it tastes so Good...you are welcome anytine😊❤

  • Lydiette Heredia
    Lydiette Heredia 7 months ago +1

    There is so much more of Puerto Rico to see, you guys need to download citywiz... it’s a great app to find where to go

    • Delightful Travellers
      Delightful Travellers  7 months ago

      We've spent 2 weeks here so we did a lot. We also have 2 other videos and 1 more on the way tomorrow. - Trevor