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Address: Calle Fortaleza, San Juan 00902-0082, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787-721-7000
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Visitors can take guided tours through this World Heritage Site, a 40-room...

Visitors can take guided tours through this World Heritage Site, a 40-room mansion completed in 1540 that was used to defend against foreign invaders.

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Oldest Executive Mansion in the Western Hemisphere

Located at the very western end of Calle Fortaleza near the city wall, overlooking San Juan Bay, not far from the San Juan Gate, La Fortaleza was originally built to serve as the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Avon, Ohio

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Avon, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Located at the very western end of Calle Fortaleza near the city wall, overlooking San Juan Bay, not far from the San Juan Gate, La Fortaleza was originally built to serve as the first fortification of San Juan between 1532 and 1540. This fortification proved insufficient as it fell to the English in 1598 and the Dutch in 1625 motivating... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We toured the La Fortaleza in San Juan. The tour was not too approx 50mins. An excellent tour guide. We loved the rich history and all our questions in English were answered perfectly

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We took a tour of La Fortaleza while in San Juan. The tour is an hour long. The tour guide was in fantastic and very well informed about the history and she even got is access to a few areas by asking our security escort for permission. He also was well inform Ed and very gracious. The tours are conducted... More 

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Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

First fort built to protect San Juan, later became the governors house. beautifull patios full of nature.

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Thank luis g
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

They only have tours at certain times and days (both English and Spanish), but they are FREE and was well worth seeing this historic and opulent mansion. Pics without flash are allowed. The first floor is from the 1500s and the 2nd and 3rd floor are from the 1800s. We got to see the first floor, Governor's Office (about 4... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We stumbled on to the tour of La Fortaleza when a security guard recommended we take it. Because the building was under construction and the tour was of the gardens. There are English and Spanish tours so make sure take the right one. Our tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable and made sure we would stop in the shade whenever she... More 

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Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Old building in Old San Juan, kept in shape, more than 150 Governors have live there and also special guests. However, i wasn't attracted to see the inside...

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Delmar, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We wanted to go to see the inside of this historic building (the Governors mansion) but there were way too many problems with actually "catching" a guided tour. The first time we went we were told by 2 park service people that the "English tour" did not start for at least an hour from the time we spoke to them.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

It's an elegant building in Old San Juan, and though is heavily guarded, you can get some decent views of it, especially if you're nice to the guard who can let you get a little closer for dine photos. It's really a treat considering how old it is.

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Bryan, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Beautiful and very well guarded. There are always folks here to tell you all about it. Great place to visit.

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