Paseo de la Princesa in Old San Juan
Paseo La Princesa hugs the old perimeter wall of the city, and beyond the fountain continues around Old San Juan to the San Juan Gate, the only remaining of five entry points into the old town.
Paseo de la Princesa and the Raíces Fountain
Paseo La Princesa is a broad promenade that stretches from near the docks at the foot of the city and leads to the lovely Raíces Fountain. On weekends, you’re likely to find all kinds of stalls lining the road, and maybe even a free cultural performance to enjoy. The best time to enjoy the walk or bike ride is during sunset when you’ll have gorgeous views of the bay from the fountain, and you’ll escape the heat of the day.
The fountain was designed by architect Miguel Carlo Raíces in 1992 to commemorate and celebrate the New World’s 500th anniversary. This collection of bronze statues honors Puerto Rico’s mixed African, Spanish and Taino/Amerindian heritage. This concept is visually represented as a ship being steered out into the open sea with leaping dolphins leading the way to a bright 21st-century future. The picturesque San Juan Bay serves as a backdrop to the statue, adding an interesting dimension to the ship at sea concept.
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