Old San Juan Port accessible shops?

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#1
Ormond Beach, Florida
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Joined Dec 2004
I will be sailing on Independence OS, docking at Old San Juan Port. Are there any wheelchair accessible shops inthe port area? Thanks.
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#2
Ontario, Canada
11 Posts
Joined Jan 2013
I'll also be in Puerto Rico and am interested in the answer to this question. My cruise leaves February 3rd 2013.

Thanks in advance!
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Diver with limited mobility; generally use a wheelchair
Booked: 1st Cruise on Celebrity Silhouette - Eastern Caribbean February 3-10, 2013
Ports: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
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+ learning the basics about cruises
+ the skinny on port tours
+ kayaking, snorkeling, relaxing on the beach, good food & great fish
#3
San Diego
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Joined Mar 2009
I use a power wheel chair and I found Old San Juan reasonably accessible. There were curb cuts in most places, you just have to be careful.

There is a free bus with a wheel chair lift that circles the old part of the city.

Most shops are very crowded with merchandize so you won't be able to go up and down every aisle.

Accessible taxis are far and few between. I can transfer to a taxi seat, and most drivers, especially taxi van drivers, will lift your chair in the back with help from a friend. For a tip they can find a friend very fast.

You can get in the old scenic Cathedral if you go through the side door.

It's a fun city to just sit and watch people.

Rick
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First Cruise: 12 day Alaska May 2009
Second Cruise: 15 day Panama Canal 2011
Third Cruise: 30 day South Pacific
Upcoming forth cruise: New England and Quebec
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#4
Ontario, Canada
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Joined Jan 2013
Hi Rick,

Thank-you very much for letting me know. I have a complex power chair but was worried about it on the plane. So I'm renting a scooter there and going with my manual chair, so we'll see how it goes. I was thinking of taking the manual on the port visits as I thought I might have more flexibility with it. What are your thoughts on that?

Have you tried any cruise tours?

Have you been to St Thomas or St Maarten?

Thanks again!
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Newbie Cruiser
Diver with limited mobility; generally use a wheelchair
Booked: 1st Cruise on Celebrity Silhouette - Eastern Caribbean February 3-10, 2013
Ports: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Interested in:
+ learning the basics about cruises
+ the skinny on port tours
+ kayaking, snorkeling, relaxing on the beach, good food & great fish