Museo del Mar

San Juan

This small maritime museum is home to an impressive collection of model boats – from 15th-century galleons to modern-day cruise ships – as well as countless miniature boats-in-bottles, antique navigation tools and the world's largest collection of life preservers. At the time of research, it was closed for remodeling, due to reopen in 2020.

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Nearby San Juan attractions

1. Plaza de Colón

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Tracing its roots back more than a century to the 400-year anniversary of Columbus' first expedition, Plaza de Colón is dominated by its towering statue…

2. Iglesia San Francisco de Asís

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Built in 1756 by Third Order Franciscans, this atmospheric old church is the perfect place to pause in a pew. Note the thickness of the original walls,…

3. Castillo San Cristóbal

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The city's second major fort is one of the largest Spanish-built military installations in the Americas. In its prime, it covered 27 acres with a maze of…

4. Paseo de la Princesa

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Conjuring up a distinctly European feel, broad Paseo de la Princesa is a 19th-century esplanade just outside the city walls. Lined with antique…

5. Alcaldía

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Towering over the Plaza de Armas, the Alcaldía, which dates from 1789, has twin turrets resembling those of its counterpart in Madrid. This building…

6. Plaza de Armas

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This is the city’s de-facto central square, laid out in the 16th century with the classic look of plazas from Madrid to Mexico. A highlight is the…

7. Casa Ramón Power y Giralt

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Once the residence of a political reformer and Puerto Rico’s first representative to the Spanish court, this 18th-century house is now the headquarters of…

8. Palacio de la Real Intendencia


The imposing Palacio de la Real Intendencia sits on the western edge of the Plaza de Armas. Built in the 19th century, this neoclassical beauty houses the…