As you wander along the cobblestone streets of the old city, stop at some of the boutiques.
The most interesting buys are items made in Puerto Rico or a neighboring island. Calle Fortaleza is one of the main roads for shoppers. Don’t overlook the street vendors and craft stores. Some of the best souvenirs are wooden bowls and carnival masks.
Look for handmade colorful folk-art figures at Puerto Rican Arts and Crafts, and consider the expensive, but gorgeous, Panama hats stocked at Ole Curiosidades. On weekends, you’ll find treasures at the crafts market set up at Plaza de la Darsena, near the cruise ship terminal. While browsing, think about taking home locally-produced products, such as rum, coffee, one-of-a-kind jewelry and original paintings.
Serious shoppers should sign up for a tour with Get Shopped. The Old San Juan Shop and Bar Hop Tour includes a sightseeing walk, stops for rum cocktails and Puerto Rican snacks, and visits to arts and crafts kiosks, designer fashion and jewelry stores, and art galleries featuring local artists.