Although beautiful and charming, 5 centuries ago when these narrow streets and city were planned, cars were not in the equation. Parking is already difficult for local residents and businesses, so perhaps your greatest challenge when visiting will be finding a free place to park along the streets. The easiest way to find a quick parking space is by using one of the parking garages. See map below for parking lots and garages.
When the city is buzzing with festivities such as popular festivals (there are quite a few throughout the year), plan on getting to Old San Juan early to get a parking space. If you’re staying in the Condado, Ocean Park or the Convention districts, it may be best to leave your car parked at your hotel and get a taxi into Old San Juan.
The most convenient parking garages are easily found as soon as you enter the old city. If you’re entering the city through Avenida Munoz Rivera, you’ll pass San Cristobal Fort on your right. Take a left at the main Plaza Colon, continue straight, then swing around Teatro Tapia. Take a right onto Calle Recinto Sur and you will immediately see public parking garages on your left. The first one has more clearance and is newer but more expensive. The second one is much cheaper, more frequently used, and painted with bright colors in honor of Felisa Rincón de Gautier.
As you enter the garage, take a ticket and keep it with you. Do not leave it in your car. You will either pay at a cashier’s window or ticketing machine on the main floor before returning to your car to exit. Make sure you have enough cash to pay, because some places do not accept credit cards. After you pay, you will have 15 minutes to insert the paid ticket at the exit to leave the garage.
Best Places to Park in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Free Street Parking
Your best chance to find free street parking is in the early morning on weekends. There is a long stretch of curb parking if you head east on Avenida de la Constitucion away from historical Old San Juan. The free parking is on the right side of the street – in front of Casa España (you’ll see the Capitol Building ahead to the left as well).
Paseo Covadonga (PR-38)
& Calle Juan Antonio Corretjer
(Next to the Police Station & behind the Old San Juan Bus Terminal)
Monday-Thursday 6 am to Midnight
Friday-Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Closed at Midnight
Rates: 1st hour $1.05, Additional hours $0.70
SPECIAL RATES FOR CRUISERS
Call (787) 721-2756
Calle Recinto Sur (2nd garage on left),
Calle Comercio (lower level exit)
Open 24 / 7
Rates: 1st hour $1.25, Additional hours $0.50, Nightlife Rate Special – 6 pm to 6 am for $3
Note: Clearance is only 6’2″ – larger SUV’s or vans may not be able to use this garage.
Calle Recinto Sur (1st garage on left)
Open 24 / 7
Rates: 1st hour $2.40, Additional hours $2.15
Entry off Calle Norzagaray – under Plaza del Quinto Centenario
Open 24 / 7
Rates: 1st hour $2, Additional hours $1
204 Calle de la Luna / 205 Calle San Francisco
Hours: Open 24 / 7 – Calle Luna entrance
(Calle San Francisco entrance):
Sunday 8am – 4pm
Mon.-Thurs. 8am – 5pm
Fri. & Sat. 8am – 11pm
Rates: 1st hour $5, Additional 1/4 hours $1
(787) 430-4255 or 723-0615
Parking Lot & Valet Parking
Calle Presidio & Paseo de la Princesa
Sundays-Thursdays: 6 am – 10 pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 6 am – 2 am
Rates: 1st hour $1.25, Additional hours $0.50
100 Calle Brumbaugh
Available 24 / 7
Rate: $20 per day ($21.40 with tax)
Map of Parking in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
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