Originally posted by Nita:
So is OSJ basically a tour of the old town??? Are there shops there where you can buy things and if so what kind of shops are there that are nice????
No need to pay for a "tour". Just grab a map and wander around the streets of OSJ. If you're looking for a "walking tour", you can do a self-guided one.
There are your typical "port" shops (jewelry, tee shirts, magnets, etc), designer shops (Coach, Polo, Tommy H, D&B, etc), lots of art galleries, and some fantastic restaurants (south end of Forteleza street "SoFo").
If history is your thing, you can't beat the forts, the cathedral, and the museums (both cultural and art museums).
There are horse/carriage rides, a Segway tour, and even a small Don Q rum visitor center right across the street from the piers.
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