In English the word Dársena means inner harbor, which in turn means that it was the part of the harbor that was furthest from the sea. Today that isn’t the case. Today “la Dársena” is actually next to pier #1, the outermost pier of the many that make up today’s modern San Juan Bay.
Cargo ships arriving in Old San Juan would dock at “La Dársena” and enter the city through two of its Gates: San Justo Gate and España Gate (both demolished in 1897).
Today there is a small square next to “La Dársena” where small street events are often celebrated. As far as ships go, most of the ships that dock at “La Dársena” today belong to the US Coast Guard.
Right next to “La Dársena” is the US Customs Building, and behind that is the “Puntilla” Warehouse. Right across the street you will find the Old San Juan branch of the US Post Office, and to the west you will find “La Princesa Promenade”.