Paseo de la Princesa

Paseo de la Princesa is a pedestrian walkway along the southern side of Old San Juan just below the protective city wall (La Muralla). The pathway starts near the piers that service the cruise ships dock and stretches all the way to the Raices Fountain and then up to the San Juan Gate.

Paseo de la Princesa itself is a fairly wide walkway that has the protective city wall (La Muralla) on one side and overlooks La Princesa, the old Spanish jail that now houses the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, on the other side. It also overlooks El Arsenal, which is the old Spanish naval station that now contains art galleries and exhibits. Looking past La Princesa and El Arsenal, you can see the Bay of San Juan as well as cruise ships entering the bay and docking at the piers.

Paseo de la Princesa is lined with decorative street lamps, tall trees, benches, and food and drink vendors as well as a small cafe along the pathway. There are also locals selling their crafts as well as some street performers and musicians. It is place to take a leisurely stroll and take in some of the local sites or relax on a park bench enjoying a cool drink.

Raices Fountain

Raices Fountain

Raices Fountain (Fuente Raices) is a large fountain located at the western end of the Paseo de la Princesa which is a fountain that represents the different cultural and ethnic backgrounds in Puerto Rico. The fountain features several naked bronze godessess riding horses and dolphins with jets of water spraying over them. At night, the fountain is illuminated with lights.

The fountain sprays water, so if you get too close you might get wet, especially if it is a windy day. Walking past the Raices Fountain will take you to the San Juan Gate, which leads into Old San Juan, or you can follow the Paseo del Morro walkway along the coastline up to El Morro Fort.