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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
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Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
$147.00 per adult
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Come Hungry, Leave Full:)
We love food tours to really get to know a place and this tour was the best we've ever done! Yoli is a gem of a guide! She gave us history mixed into the delicious stops! The food is made fresh at each stop so it is a full 3 hours. But it is so fun and again delicious that the time flew by. You will definitely be full with a happy heart after this tour!!
Jennifer_D, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Juan

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Recommend
Marla_O, May 2022
Old San Juan Walking Tour
Great tour. Leisurely pace all around Old San Juan. Learned history and was able to pick out a place for good dinner. Special touch … met us with water and a souvenir.
star-5
Worth it!
Giuliana_M, May 2022
Old San Juan Walking Tour
This was a great tour of Old San Juan. We saw all the sights and learned a lot along the way. Plus we were given little souvenirs which was a nice surprise.
star-5
Great experience!
Matthew_H, May 2022
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
Amazing experience. Highly recommend to do this early in your stay so you can explore the cuisine. Guide was very friendly and informative.
star-5
Great!
Tiffany_M, May 2022
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
Nahiomy was great! She gave us the history on the food and the places we visited. She was helpful even before we arrived to start the tour!
star-4
David the tour guide was...
Marissa_T, May 2022
Old San Juan Walking Tour
David the tour guide was good in giving us a little history. However I would have paid a little more if it included the entry fee to San Felipe Morro...I had to go back after the walking tour so I can see it for myself. It would also be nice of you can add the map of the tour itself as to know where we're going.
star-5
Great tour
Chiquana_T, May 2022
Sunset Walking Tour in the Historic Old San Juan
Great tour. Very informative. Definitely recommend this tour. Sunset was beautiful, kids enjoyed and were able to get great pictures
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Simply the best!!
James_M, May 2022
Old San Juan Walking Historical Tour
Our guide, Ricardo, was simply terrific. His knowledge of both Puerto Rico in general and San Juan specifically was amazing. His great personality made the tour even more meaningful. We couldn’t have asked for a better tour.
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Highly Recommend
Diane_R, May 2022
Sunset Walking Tour in the Historic Old San Juan
Antonio was a fantastic tour guide. He provided excellent context for the history and importance of Puerto Rico for the Spanish and Americans. We really appreciated the insights he gave into how the history has influenced modern Puerto Rican culture and social change. The island is beautiful and the architecture is superb. It was a great walk and the sights were fantastic. You could hear Antonio clearly and he pointed out both historical sites and personal favorites. Great tour!
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Great & Fun Tour!
Margarita_S, May 2022
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
We LOVED our San Juan food tour! Marjorie was energetic, knowledgeable & made the tour fun! She showed us the main spots in San Juan, shared lots of the history & took us to 5 different food spots! We walked away with smiles on our faces, full tummies & happy hearts ❤️
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Great food, drinks, and history!
Allison_V, Apr 2022
Boozy Bites Small-Group Food Tour in San Juan
Great food, drinks, and history! We loved our tour and our guide- it was by far the best part of our trip!
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Awesome
April_J, May 2022
Old San Juan Walking Tour
Enjoyed every minute of this tour. Our guide knew all about the history of Old San Juan. He was funny. Loved his sense of humor. I recommend this tour for anyone that is looking for a nice outing.
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A peek at the rich diversity of Puerto Rico
paul_c, Apr 2022
Private Old San Juan Historic Discovery Experience
The trip to the waterfall included exquisite views and lush rain forest with stunning vegetation. The waterfall was breathtaking and a relatively short hike from the road. Our family enjoyed getting into the pool at its feet and under it. We recommend considering wearing a bathing suit or equivalent in order to maximize your visit. Then we came back and explored Old San Juan just enough to capture its flavor and peak our interest in a return visit for an even deeper experience.

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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Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in San Juan

How to Spend 2 Days in San Juan


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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista)?
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Attractions near San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista):
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What else should I know about attractions in San Juan?
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As well as visiting the San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista), check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: