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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: +1 787-729-6777
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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This place was awesome. It still shows the great architecture that Puerto Rico has. Seeing all the old history that this place has made it so awesome.

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Bronx, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place was awesome. It still shows the great architecture that Puerto Rico has. Seeing all the old history that this place has made it so awesome.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Most people are surprised to learn the San Juan National Historic Site is part of the National Park Service despite the fact it is located in Puerto Rico, which is a U.S. Territory. The historic site is compose primarily of Castillo San Felipe, and Castillo San Cristobal. The main visitors center is located in San Cristobal. Both are extremely interesting,... More 

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Sacramento
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

With the 2 castles, a cemetery and the walk along the waterfront, we spent almost all of our 1 day in port exploring the historic site. We didn't spend anytime shopping but didn't miss it at all. Make sure to take water when it's hot out to stay hydrated. We drank all we took and still had to buy another... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A very well kept museum. Impressive. Everyone who visits San Juan must visit this historical site. I visited on 2 December - nice weather- not very crowded.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This part of National Park Service. I loved the short film offered in English & Spanish.it will give U a brief chronology of how the fort was used by the Spaniards to defend against the British & Dutch & eventually the Americans. Some rooms illustrate how they may have been used. The views from the forts of the ocean as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

These castles are so old and just incredible. Highly recommend visiting them if you have the chance. We went on petty much the only day of the year they are closed, but just the outside is worth the trip!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

While on vacation we visited the fortress and grounds. We were on foot and while walking to this national treasure, it was mostly uphill but worth the effort. Apparently there is a free tram but there are also cabs that come and go between the port and this site. The fortress visit is $5 per person and once inside there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of walking with steps or steep inclines. Good place to go and wander but not if you're looking for a structured tour. Paying entrance fee of $5 pp gets you into both forts. It's about a mile in between the 2 forts. They said they offer a shuttle service, but we waited for at least a half an hour... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

On a sunny day there are many kites flying, gorgeous green and ocean views, friendly people and historic castles to be explored!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The San Juan Historic Fort and Castle was amazing to walk through; it easily took us all morning from when it opened until early afternoon. There's so much history and fun places to explore and imagine from the old days, and the views are breathtaking. Staff are pleasant and well informed. Up near the castle, there's several dedicated walks/trails around... More 

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