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San Juan National Historic Site

Norzagaray St | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Norzagaray St | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico

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Reviewed yesterday

You get a map with some historic information and take a self-tour. Similar to a museum. The walls are impressively thick: thicker than in medieval castles in Europe, so the El Moro walls were functional up to 19th century, when they became obsolete. At the...More

Thank DidPihto
Reviewed yesterday

The scenery was beautiful. My entire family enjoyed the visit, they especially liked the trolley ride!

Thank Susan C
Reviewed yesterday

Imagine yourself as a Dutch or English soldiers attempting to attack the formibidle defenses. You see an opening and it is too good to be true. The esplanade, and when you land you are met with the expert firing of Spanish muskets and cannons. If...More

Thank akuilan
Reviewed 2 days ago

I spent a day leisurely walking this historic city and visited the old fort. Kids were flying kites in the park, the views were amazing, and the San Juan Bautista Cemetery, while a sad reminder of the lives lost, was stunning.

Thank cjhoule
Reviewed 3 days ago

The day we arrived in San Juan, we were just familiarizing ourselves with Old San Juan when we found the National Historic Site. We walked all the way through and experienced some beautiful views. Hundreds of cats along the walk that are somewhat tame and...More

Thank GourmetGalleryK
Reviewed 4 days ago

Enjoy the history, and architecture of this Caribbean island. There is so much to see and explore. A must see.

Thank Chygrl
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is an amazing stop in San Juan. It's a bit of a walk (the trams were all full so it was a walk in the hot sun) from the rest of Old San Juan, but worth it. The fort is in good shape and...More

Thank CaliGirl510
Reviewed 5 days ago

The fort is still i pretty good shape. You get a great view of the sea and the surrounding areas from there. You can walk around the area. Historical landmark. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank ms_tinkerbell1
Reviewed 5 days ago

I love asking the locals about the best place to visit. Was told an awesome tale of forbidden love! When we got there, there was a couple getting married. I guess they heard it also.

Thank Rekko P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This sites are full of history. If you are planning on walking from one fortress to the other and walk Old San Juan the same day, start early. There's a lot to see.

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can a car drop you off at the entrance id the fort or just the trolley
April 17, 2017|
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Response from starosta93 | Reviewed this property |
Karen W
We will be cruising to San Juan April 12th, I was looking for things to do and the Fort looks interesting. Any other inexpensive things to do in San Juan
March 23, 2017|
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Response from rachidatarik | Reviewed this property |
the best place is the old san juan. take a walk around it is worth the trip
Bob F
We will be visiting Puerto Rico in July. We have a National Parks Passport and wish to have it stamped when we tour the National Historical Site (NHS). Where is the NHS visitor center located in San Juan?
February 23, 2017|
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Response from brian19582016 | Reviewed this property |
Not certain if there is only one National Historic Site visitor center in San Juan. Both Castillo San Cristobal and Castillo El Moro have a visitor center on site with Park Rangers, interpretive guides and information. We... More