Paseo de la Princesa, Antigua Cárcel, and Raíces Fountain San Juan, PR
leads its visitors through a pleasant palm-lined paseo and sculptural showcase, into various gardens, and even a small restaurant
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Year Established: 1853
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Walking westward from the marina, past Plaza de Hostos is San Juan’s most beautiful promenade, El Paseo de la Princesa. Originally created in 1853, the Paseo has been recently restored to its 19th century splendor. This broad brick boardwalk, enjoyed in the Spanish Colonial era by members of the gentry, now leads its visitors through a pleasant palm-lined paseo and sculptural showcase, into various gardens, and even a small restaurant. Midway through the walkway you’ll find the headquarters of Puerto Rico’s Tourism Company. Inaugurated in 1837 and known simply as ‘La Princesa’, this building served as provincial prison to over 200 inmates at any given time. Now restored, ‘La Princesa’ also houses exhibits of Puerto Rican art inside its mahogany doors and remarkable arcades. Grab a ‘piragua,’ a shaved-ice treat made with tropical fruit syrups and full of local flavor, before heading west to the end of the paseo’s main boardwalk. Here stands the Raíces or Roots Fountain, sculpted by Spanish artist Luis Sanguino. This magnificent bronze fountain celebrates Puerto Rico’s rich cultural diversity and historical heritage through representations of Amerindian, African, and Spanish peoples. Enjoy the lovely views of San Juan Bay as you continue your stroll, following the city wall until you reach La Puerta de San Juan.

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