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San Juan National Historic Site

Address: Norzagaray St | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787 729 6777
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Ranked #2 of 105 Attractions in San Juan
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Walking, City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Constructed to defend the San Juan coastline during the 17th and 18th...
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Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Walking, City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Constructed to defend the San Juan coastline during the 17th and 18th centuries, this dramatic fortress rises 140 feet above the sea on a rocky promontory, and is composed of six huge levels of ramps, barracks, dungeons, turrets, towers and tunnels.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Loved , Would have liked to have seen more of it. Were part of excursion of disney cruise. Our tour guide held us up ...too much talking and we missed a lot of precious time to enjoy the scenery and take photos... So, if we could have lost the tour guide it would have been a great experience

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Take your time and enjoy the history and views of the ocean from both forts. There are some amazing picture opportunities in every nook and cranny of the forts. Beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

It is so beautiful. the ticket works for both castles ,it only $5 and the trolly goes between castles

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We loved San Juan, the historic sites are well worth your time. We are not into shopping, more into art and history. If this is your also what you enjoy, this place will make you happy.

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Lansing, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Walked here from the cruise ship terminal. Enjoyed the views and the inexpensive entry fee. Look for the free open-air trolley like system to get around the sites of San Juan. The Rangers were super helpful. Prepare to walk some stairs to get to all the views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We booked this tour through Royal Caribbean Cruises. The bus was waiting upon our disembarking. We toured both forts and then had a leisurely walk back to the ship. Our guide was well informed and added many humorous insights. The history was compelling - the forts were used almost continuously from their construction through WWII! The preservation and interpretation is... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Loved the area. It has a very nice vantage point to see a good view of the sea. Only negative is the squatter area adjacent to the site that somehow affect the historical image of this place. Otherwise, a well-preserved historical site that is a must-see attraction in San Juan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Great self paced tour through amazing historical site. I really learned a lot about the struggles on the island through various occupations over many centuries. Very impressive, mostly original site.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Bring a hat for the sun. Great spanish colonial fortifications on an impressive site. Lots of walking so you get a good days worth of exercise while sorounded by huge stone walls and amazing ocean views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Made me feel like a child with wide eyed wonderment. Massive, explorable, and historic! I could have spent another day there. Oh and the 5.00 admission is good for 7 days and covers the other sites in the city! What a steal!

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