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San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista)
San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista)

San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista)

Free admission
151 Calle Del Cristo, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00902

The Basics

Experience a traditional Catholic Mass or, when no service is being conducted, wander the nave free of charge, gaze at the huge stained glass windows, and take in the construction of the oldest church on US soil. Among its artifacts are the wax-covered mummy of 1st-century martyr St. Pius and the tomb of Ponce de León, notorious Spanish conquistador and the first governor of Puerto Rico. Guided walking tours of Old San Juan typically include a stop at the church.

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Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
$147.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A full stomach and content hear!
Valentina was an awesome and knowledgeable guide for the tour. The food was delicious at the different stops without being overfilling. Would recommend for someone looking to get their feet wet in Old San Juan!
Bryan_L, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Juan

star-5
Great, informative tour! Highly recommended
Adnan-Arif-MD, Jul 2021
Old San Juan Walking Tour
David was amazing. Very well versed, knowledgeable about the history of old San.Juan. nice, easy paced tour, we got water.bottles and mementos before starting. David cares so much about his city that tours for, he would even pick up trash water bottles along the path of his walking tour , and dump them in nearby bins. I wish more tourists and residents followed his example too and kept his city beautiful and clean. A great tour, just the right time length, and I highly recommend him.
star-5
Romántico
Erica_R, May 2021
Old San Juan Walking Tour
It was all awesome! The host was very pleasant and kind of funny! The scenery was so peaceful and clean. Literally no trash on the grounds!
star-5
Fantastic Tour!
CECILIA_L, Oct 2021
San Juan Done Right! - Driving Tour
I enjoyed learning history through the eyes of Lismar. She was so energetic and knowledgeable about the history. She took us to all the sites that we had planned to see. She made it so fun.
star-5
Would do it again.
Roberto_A, Oct 2021
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
Raul was great gave us a number of additional places to visit.. and also provided a great historical tour of the city.
star-5
Must take tour! Get Lismar!!!!
Christopher_W, Oct 2021
San Juan Done Right! - Driving Tour
This tour was the absolute highlight of our vacation. We had Lismar as our guide and she is beyond phenomenal. Educated, funny, knowledgeable, and professional, Lismar gave a tour that her passion for her home just oozes through. So awesome and we couldn't be more happy with what she provided...
star-5
Yummy & Educational
Liana_G, Oct 2021
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
Kia was an amazing tour guide that kept us together and delivered the history of Puerto Rico with great ease and knowledge. This blend of culture , history and cuisine was perfect! I would recommend this tour to anyone.
star-5
Fantastic walking tour of Old San Juan
Elaine_B, Oct 2021
Old San Juan Walking Tour
David (our tour guide) did a fantastic job sharing the history of Old San Juan, the significance of so many beautiful sights and mixing it with a little humor. I highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Loved it!
Tina_J, Sep 2021
Sunset Walking Tour in the Historic Old San Juan
I learned so much thanks to Jorge who did a great job! San Juan is a beautiful place with lots of history and I recommend this tour to all.
star-5
Go Kia!
Alaina_H, Oct 2021
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
This was Kia's first solo tour and she did great! We were an active bunch and she was able to keep up with us, answer questions, gives us loads of history about San Juan, the food and so much more. Go on this tour and ask for her!
star-5
Amazing all around. We...
Jacob_H, Oct 2021
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
Amazing all around. We made the mistake of having breakfast beforehand, but you should really come to this tour with an empty stomach.
star-5
I forgot we were walking
Muayad_A, Sep 2021
Explore the history of Old San Juan
This is a must thing to do when in San Juan. We had so much fun we forgot we walked the city. Our guide was so kind and informative, I felt like he was our cousin showing us his home. Drank amazing Puerto Rico grown coffee and real fruit ice pops. Our tour guide not only showed us the best photo spots but it was like having our personal photographer with us. It felt like we had VIP access to the city.
star-5
Stunning Sights and History in the Sunset
Kina, Sep 2021
Sunset Walking Tour in the Historic Old San Juan
Our tour guide Jorge was awesome!! We learned a lot about old San Juan and the sunset views were amazing against the city’s stunning architecture.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entrance to San Juan Cathedral is free though donations are accepted.

  • The church offers visitors a peaceful place to cool off and get away from the busyness of San Juan.

  • The cathedral is currently the seat of Puerto Rico’s archdiocese and home to the Archbishop of San Juan.

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How to Get There

San Juan Cathedral is located at 151 Calle del Cristo, across from El Convento Hotel and close to the San Juan Gate. Old San Juan offers a free trolley system with three different routes that include stops at top attractions such as the cathedral, allowing you to hop on and off where desired.

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When to Get There

Mass takes place Sundays at 9am and 11am and weekdays at 7:25am and 12:15pm. If you’re traveling to Puerto Rico during the holiday season, you can attend Misa de Gallo, the Roman Catholic Mass that is celebrated before midnight on Christmas Eve. At San Juan Cathedral, watch enactments of the Nativity scene and see the festive decorations.

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The Tomb of Ponce de León

On his search to discover the elusive Fountain of Youth, Ponce de León landed at a place he called Florida and later conquered Puerto Rico, eventually being appointed governor of the island in 1509. His original resting place was Iglesia de San Jose, but in the early 1900s he was transferred to San Juan Cathedral, where his body lies in a marble tomb near the transept.

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