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San Juan National Historic Site

Norzagaray St | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
787 729 6777
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Ranked #1 of 102 attractions in San Juan
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Type: Historic Sites, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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... more » 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. « less
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157 reviews 157 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Spanish fort build to protect the city of San Juan. History in every corner. No word to describe it is unique to every body who look at it. Personal relation between you, el castillo and history. Their 4 of them in the island all in the San Juan walls area.

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Holyoke, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The historic site is wonderful! It consists of two Spanish forts, and large sections of the old city wall. We have visited the Spanish fort in St. Augustine, Florida and figured San Juan would be similar. It was with one exception, its HUGE!!! You can easily spend a day touring the forts. There are displays within, and a trolley takes... More

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Reisterstown
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Awesome views from the fort and along the fort walls. Take the free trolley service around Old San Juan to see the sites as well.

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Had a great time, so glad we went to check out the historic forts of San Juan. The history is amazing and there is so much to see here, and very inexpensive for how much you get to see. Definitely plan on spending several hours here, don't rush through, there is just way too much in here to pass up!!

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

History and beauty commingle at this national treasure. Please make sure this is on your list when you reach Old San Juan.

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Hollywood, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

to be an explorer or a pirate just look out at the blue waters then one just has to close his or her eyes an imagine

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Homer Glen, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Worth it for $6, and you're able to do the el Moro one too. AMAZING views of the ocean and the infrastructures are so immaculate.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

So prep yourself and ensure you have good walking shoes on! It took us about 15 mins to find parking but it was free, so I can't complain. Once we trekked up to the attraction, we were nice and Sweaty lol For active duty military and dependents this attraction is free...so we saved the $5/pp which was a mini-plus! The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Went here on a wednesday morning and 'twas super hot but coming from Chicago--a sunny hot day is excellent! The fort has 6 areas to explore and you must visit all! Its amazing to see these places and you could see the downtown SJ from the top! The fee includes El Morro and San Cristobal--trolley available all day..Must see!!

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Tooele, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

If you visit San Juan, this old place is a must see for all of those interested in old building/ forts and such. Plan on a few hours, as it is a self guided walking tour and does take a while to take it all in! Well worth a visit!

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