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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 #2 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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Columbus, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Had fun exploring the El Morro fort with husband and friends. Wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking and many stairs. Bring your camera for great views. This was not a super-exciting attraction, but fun nonetheless. I would recommend this for an hour or so of you are in old San Juan anyway.

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Adrian, Michigan
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The history is almost overwhelming. How something was built so long ago. You can't help but get lost in the stories and information they have throughout the Fort. History is my least favorite subject.... until I am submersed in it. Being there and seeing it makes you appreciate it and connect with it. I loved this place. It doesn't hurt... More

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west palm
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97 reviews 97 reviews
8 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This is a must stop for folks visiting San Juan/Old San Juan. Lots of history and awesome photo opportunities to be had. There is a small fee to enter the fort, only $5 but it is good for both of the forts. There are also stations set up inside of the fort with video presentations giving some of the rich... More

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Beautiful old fort, El Morro, and Castillo that really should be seen as they are both in such gorgeous locations with the sea & blue sky behind them and in such excellent condition. El Morro hasn't got much to actually "see" inside. A lot of bare rooms and a load of cannon emplacements. The Castillo has a lot more to... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We cruised on the MSC Divina and one of our ports of call was San Juan. We weren't sure what do to in the area. All of the excursions had already been booked on our ship and there wasn't anymore room for us. We walked off the ship and we were lucky enough to find Jose's Taxi and Tours (787)... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Give yourself a half a day (at least) to walk the historic San Juan Castillo de San Cristobal and El Morro. The fortress is amazing and the history is incredible. Because it is run by the U.S. National Park Service, it is very inespensive ($5), and somedays are free (check ahead). On the weekends they offer a free tunnel tour... More

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St. Louis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We were able to see the front of the fort from the cruise ship deck as we sailed into port. It was an impressive sight! Our tour took us from the dock to the fort. The drive was very steep in some places, with narrow roadways. Some family had previous visited San Juan and remembered the walk as "not too... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This place was amazing. Cheap to do and is very educational. I had no clue half of of the things that went on here and how it became Puerto Rico. This national monument/ park has gorgeous views of the city and is located at the waters edge. When you purchase a ticket for the forts, you have entry to both... More

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Medford, New York
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Unreal history , truly enjoyed the visit to the fort and the walk around the grounds . Unreal for a history buff

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Round Rock, Texas
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

The ocean waves crashing against the side of the fort..the beauty of the water and the island as a whole was really something to see. It wasn't crowded when we were there..My boys found it historically fascinating!

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