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San Juan National Historic Site

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Address: Norzagaray St | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787 729 6777
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Walking, City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Description: Constructed to defend the San Juan coastline during the 17th and 18th...
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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Fun place to visit

Lots of access. great Views. Not Crowded. Great glimpse into the past. Inspiring. Fun. Worth it. National treasure for two nations.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Southwick, Massachusetts
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Southwick, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Lots of access. great Views. Not Crowded. Great glimpse into the past. Inspiring. Fun. Worth it. National treasure for two nations.

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The views are to die for. It was such an interesting piece of history. We truly enjoyed it and it was a self tour, so we didn't have to keep up with a group and could enjoy it at our own pace.

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Paynesville, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Great to just walk around and explore the fort. You can imagine yourself as a soldier, just waiting for Francis Drake. You can find circular and triangular stairs that lead to various levels. Great views of the ocean.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We loved the self guided tour of the Fort. It was a wonderful experience. The views were breath taking and well worth the time spent there. Great history.

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Richmond, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This was a wide open field right by the fort where we had a great time flying a kite on Sunday and watching local families do the same. Kites were available through a street vendor by the field.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

breathtaking view, a lot of walking, hot, sunny make sure you take an umbrella & water. It's a must visit when your in P.R.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Very interesting to learn about the history. Lot of walking, but well worth it! Great tourist site for the whole family!

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New Rochelle,NY,USA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Unbelievable views and perfect combo of Spanish architecture and waterfront views A real treat! Go early or late( pre/post busses).,well worth it

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Ankara, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The grounds are well cared for. The view is awesome. A perfect place to walk around and enjoy being outside.

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

An wonderful experience on the hills. The view was amazing, would recommend this to anyone visiting. Wished I had more time to see the country. Would definitely go back to visit.

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