In addition to the beautiful beaches and many other attractions, Old San Juan has an exceptional reputation as a versatile shopping paradise in the Caribbean for many years. Shops in Old San Juan have all the famous brands in addition to the local products. All these shops use American Dollars as the currency. Products are tagged with relatively fair prices. Since all the major credit cards are accepted, shoppers will find it convenient to shop in Old San Juan.
Free Trolley Service
Making it more convenient for the shopping enthusiast, Old San Juan offers a free trolley service for visitors to go around the entire city. These trolleys are functional from 7 to 7 (7.00 am to 7.00 pm) on week days; time schedule is 9 to 7 (9.00 am to 7.00 pm) on Saturdays and Sundays. However, the trolleys that run in the Green Route are operational from 9 to 6. You can get into these trolleys just by standing in front of any designated trolley stops.
Shopping Routes in Old San Juan
Basically, there are three shopping routes in Old San Juan. All of these routes start at Trolley Stop 01. This starting point has a small restaurant, a liquor store, convenience shop, internet café and a scooter shop. Names of the routes are displayed just above the windshields of the trolleys for the convenience of the shoppers.
Route 01: City Hall Route
The trolley assigned to City Hall Route is fully air-conditioned. It is scheduled to travel covering San Juan’s main shopping area – Calles Tanaca, Fortaleza, San Francisco and Recinto Sur. This trolley travels around the Casita area and returns to the starting point (the trolley stop 1). The designated stops this trolley cover are as follows (in order); 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 3, 12, 13, 14.
Route 02: City Hall / El Morro
City Hall / El Morro Route also have a fully air-conditioned trolley. Old San Juan shopping area including Calles Tanca, Fortaleza and San Francisco is covered with this trolley before heading towards the Fort San Cristobal. The route runs along the ocean passing Calle Norzagaray to El Morro. Then the trolley returns along the same path to San Francisco and heads back to trolley stop 01. From El Morro to Stop 01 the trolley covers stops from Forteleza to Recinto Sur and runs around the Casita.
Route 03: El Morro
Unlike the previous routes, this doesn’t have an air-conditioned trolley; it is much like a tram vehicle with open air style. This trolley avoids the main shopping center; it is scheduled to reach forts passing the Capitol Building. Stop numbers 1, 2, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26 are reached by this trolley before making it way right towards the entrance of El Morro. After reaching El Morro, it will cover stops 25, 23, 21, 19, 12, 13, 14 and find its way back to stop 1.
Note: It is highly beneficial for visitors to keep a map of this shopping area that has all the shops and trolley- stops clearly.