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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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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This is a great place for families to visit. The moat, the ramps, the bastion, the observation posts...and the view! Wow! Right on the ocean. It is a great place to wander around. The restrooms are great!! I only wish any window in my house had a view like that! Very nice gift shops, too.

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Very well preserved 18th century Spanish fortress. Walking the grounds was like being in a "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie. The views from the upper walls are amazing!

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Colorado Springs
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Many levels to walk around and explore the history of old Spanish community. Tales of pirates, privateers and battles! The views from the rest rooms are spectacular!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Again, very Spainished/Old World style city, narrow streets, romantico balconies, All brand name shops to brousing and buying of course...Love iT

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

the forts was amazing to see up close, and to be given the knowledge at the same time, the waters in PR are so beautiful, you don't believe your eyes ,,,, beautiful gardens, flowers , plants ,so beautiful, You must go to visit PR more than one occasion, I will be returning in October , every time I go ,... More

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McComb, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

Evev if you are not into history like me you will enjoy this stop. Grounds are extremely clean and beautiful views. Displays in the fort will explain why this was an important strategic location for hundreds of years and so guarded by Spain.

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Kirksville, Missouri
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Walking across the grounds of this historical park will sweep you away with the breathtaking views of the sea, forts, and old San Juan. We really enjoyed brushing up on our history as we walked from site to site, including details that are often left out of history books. We would highly recommend that you allow ample time to explore... More

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Montgomery, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Visit as many historical landmarks as possible. Learn a lot of history about Puerto Rico that you may not know. I had a great time.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Out of all the NPS historic sites that I have been to, this absolutely is the most interesting place that I have visited. If you are in San Juan, this place is a must. Although this is the kind of destination that you would be hard pressed to find someone who actually would go here and say the place is... More

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Loveland, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Don't miss seeing this in San Juan. We saw Castillo de Cristobal and Castillo del Morro. The views are absolutely breathtaking and you literally feel as though you just walked back in time. The dungeon was very interesting with the carvings and writings on the walls, as well as seeing the barracks. Also, you can take the trolley or walk... More

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