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La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina

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Address: Calle Fortaleza, San Juan 00902-0082, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787-721-7000
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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The Puertorican White House

Its very fancy looking inside. Looks more like a hotel than a working area. Since there is restricted access the rooms to see weren't much.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Karla C

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San Diego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is clear on the west side of Old San Juan, not even close to where it is on the map. Never made it as we had already been to that side of Old San Juan an hour before.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Its very fancy looking inside. Looks more like a hotel than a working area. Since there is restricted access the rooms to see weren't much.

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Bayamon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

One of the loveliest governor's house in all America. For history buffs, like me, the paintings, furniture and the architecture is worth the visit. My favorite was the story (or legend, maybe) of the ancient mahogany clock and the underground cell. Oh, the best thing: free entrance.

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Mount Brydges, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

It was a lovely tour of the gorgeous gardens in the scorching heat. We were quite disappointed as we booked this tour in advance and were told we could not go inside once we arrived!Yes, we had a nice private garden tour and the ocean view was fantastic, but it was a bit uncomfortable having the security guards watching your... More 

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Newnan, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Beautiful architecture and great Caribbean vibe. It was raining on our last visit but was still just as beautiful as I remembered from past visits.

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Road Town, Tortola
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

Our guide was rushed by the security people, we were given maximum two minutes per room. She also tried to make jokes which didn't really work. We needed much longer and a much more Informed tour than the thirty minutes we were "allowed". Unless they can extend and improve the tour this isn't worth doing.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

La Fortaleza is aligned with many shops, from high ends to gift shops. It is a nice, straight walk with a lot of shopping opportunity. We purchased souvenirs from various stores in this area. A lot of them offer pretty much the same deals, but I would recommend looking around and then going back so that you have the best... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

What a disappointment has been our recent visit to St. Juan Puerto Rico, Being attempting to visit some of the country's most significant historical sites, or simply attempting to find a restaurant to eat the place clearly lack entirely good management, and better infrastructures. The dumping of over 25K people all at once by various cruise ships is most definitely... More 

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Charleston, SC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

For a government building, this ranks as one of the most beautiful I've visited. The holiday decorations were breathtaking, the tour educational, and the free concert in the garden was worth waiting for! Definitely worth the wait, even in the rain, for the free tour!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This is a functioning home as well as government office building, it stands to reason that it's not open every day and that you would not be privy to all of it. They do not try and trick people or cheat them out of tours, they tell you up front that you need to call that day to find out... More 

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Address: Calle Fortaleza, San Juan 00902-0082, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787-721-7000
Location: Caribbean  >  Puerto Rico  >  San Juan

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