Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas
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The original Old San Juan town square is a good spot to orient yourself as you begin your tour of this charming area.
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psudino
Weehawken, NJ4,124 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
When I think of an old European city and the town centered around Main Plaza this is it. Surrounding this Plaza are shops and restaurants. People are Gathering here to either hang out or begin their adventures in the city. According to our tour guide lots of events take place in this Plaza. This is definitely the center beating heart of Viejo San Juan.
Written January 20, 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,760 contributions
Dec 2022
This is the central square in San Juan, like in many Latin American cities. In the middle is a nice fountain with several street performers and around state edifices with a beautiful Town Hall.
The square had a special appearance due to Christmas celebrations, specially at night. It also seems a popular place with locals who gather here.
Written February 2, 2023
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jaybeeFL
Palm Harbor, FL3,350 contributions
Nov 2022
Large square surrounded by colorful historic buildings including City Hall. Great place to people watch, take a load off while touring the Old Town and just chillin'.
Written November 21, 2022
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jennipenny28
Delaware9 contributions
Jul 2022
We loved visiting the plaza. There are more "locals" here and greater opportunities to practice speaking Spanish. There is a pharmacy and a little grocery store if you need to stock up on supplies. Bring a mask if you plan to enter the pharmacy.
Written July 24, 2022
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RudySzymon
Chicago, IL853 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
In such a beautiful place most of the retail space is occupied by chains: Wendy's, Marshall and supermarket. Very unfortunate, could have been used for little cafés and restaurants with outdoor seating.
Written April 5, 2022
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sanju_222323
New Jersey14,144 contributions
Feb 2022
The Plaza de Armas of San Juan is one of the main squares in San Juan, which was designed to serve as the original main square for the city. it dates back to Spanish colonial times, One side of the plaza, you'll find San Juan's official town hall building, and on another the Puerto Rico Department of State.

like any famous square, street performances, local food stalls, everything is here.

To better enjoy the Plaza de Armas, grab a coffee and a Puerto Rican pastry from any of the local spots and grab a sit in any of the public benches. also, you won't find wendy in the new avatar anywhere else.
Written March 11, 2022
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Sharron H
Durham, NC289 contributions
Nov 2021
We walked through Old San Juan and noticed a man applying white body paint. He was the same size as the four statues in the permanent installation--Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter--and was definitely an etnertainer. His slow approach
a fifth pedestal captured our attention. We might have stayed all night if we weren't trying to return to our car before dark. He was a showman!
Written November 26, 2021
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC22,264 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
I walked through this plaza many times during my visit to Old San Juan, but one day, two separate times, a swarm of pigeons flew right at me (I screamed like a little girl). Besides that, it is mainly a large open area with a fountain. The fountain is covered by a Christmas tree, but you can still see the four seasons statues that surround it. It is a great place to sit and people watch.
Written November 11, 2021
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BenG
Lancaster, MA47 contributions
Jul 2021
We visited during the 500yr celebration of san juan. Lotsa live music. Nice opened plaza. Has 4 statues representing the 4 seasons, also tite curet the most prolific salsa writer(over 2000) songs lived on that street and now there is a brass statue of him sitting in one of the bencvhes. City hall is there. Also Puertorico Farmacy is a blue colored building , just on the corner of the plaza over 200 yrs in existence. There you can find, meds, crinkets, fine lladro figurines, coffee, etc, a must visit. The Plaza de armas is a place you must not miss while in Old San juan.
Written September 15, 2021
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Alex F
The Villages, FL1,481 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
This plaza is not the only one in Old San Juan but it is the main one since it is located across the City Hall of San Juan. Hundreds of pigeons will chase you out if you offer them any food.
Written March 29, 2020
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