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San Juan Gate

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Address: La Fortaleza, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Description: Four centuries ago this gate was the main entrance into the city.
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History is everywhere through this gate

Going down to the water and the pathway along the sea was beautiful. Reversing the direction and going from the sea up the hill to the heart of Old San Juan was fun as well. This... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Richmond, Virginia
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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Going down to the water and the pathway along the sea was beautiful. Reversing the direction and going from the sea up the hill to the heart of Old San Juan was fun as well. This gate is one of the entrances to a long and peaceful walk along the water.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This gate is amazing to see in person. We did not see it on a tour we just walked there and read some info about it. It's a great landmark to visit. It's such a crucial part of Puerto Rican history. Loved it!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Start at the ocean and walk the path to the gate. We saw great statues, pelicans the fountain....all beautiful

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

The "City Gate" or, as it is referred to here, "The San Juan Gate", is one of the stops along the La Princessa walkway which runs from the fountains, near the Fortaleza and the main parking lot, all the way out to the El Morro fort. It is a great walk, especially when cruise ships are coming in or out... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

You can feel that you are traveling through time as you enter this portal to Old San Juan. Make certain to read up on the history of this area before heading out.

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Lenexa, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Start by the large fountain, "Raices," and walk along the Paseo de la Princesa. It's a lovely walk along the oceanfront, and then you can walk into the city through the gate. This would have been the formal entrance for people visiting the city.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Nice to stroll by. Nice area and near cruise ship area. It would be nice if they did more in the area...

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Wisconsin, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

It is a free standing gate on the edge of the ocean-just a quick walk by but historically significant. Do stop if you are in the area.

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san antonio, texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Here on a side street of what is now Old San Juan is a gate that was built on the beach where the first soldiers and settlers landed. Over the arch facing San Juan bay is an inscription which is a blessing for all who have survived the journey from Spain to the New World. Up the street from the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We stumbled upon the San Juan Gate on the Paseo del Morro side of Old San Juan. There is a very nice walk along the promenade with great views of the ocean and old city walls. This place was truly built to last hundreds of years even after its ancestors have moved on. The Save-A-Gato 'Sanctuary' is past the gate... More 

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