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San Juan National Historic Site

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Address: Norzagaray St | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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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History Buff's Haven

If you are a history buff, as I am, then you will love this step into history. The views from El Morro are awesome and worth the visit. Be prepared for a work-out as you scale... read more

Reviewed April 27, 2015
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Reviewed April 27, 2015

If you are a history buff, as I am, then you will love this step into history. The views from El Morro are awesome and worth the visit. Be prepared for a work-out as you scale the historical steps through out this fort. I would not recommend this location for those with disabilities or very small children as there are... More 

1 Thank LaKisha D
Minneapolis, MN
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Reviewed April 26, 2015

If you are into history you will really enjoy this site. Helps you understand how important Puerto Rico was during the development of the New World. Even if you are not a history buff, you will enjoy the beautiful grounds, views of the ocean and building itself. It's also within walking distance from just about anywhere in Old Town -... More 

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Lake Placid, New York
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Reviewed April 25, 2015

Nice place to take a walk or play frisbee, or soccer. The historic building was not very interesting. We were let in free since it was a holiday which was nice. Because of the holiday it took awhile to get here by cab.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

Castillo San Filipe del Murro is definitely worth seeing, even if just for the views. Save your energy and grab the free Tram that will take you right up to the entrance. Lots of history and plenty to see including demonstrations and a light house. There is a concession stand also. Only disappointment is that they didn't have a light... More 

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Reviewed April 24, 2015 via mobile

I have always been attracted by historic sites and this one is so beautiful! People can take the Old Sn Juan trolley and it stops at all this nice places.,if u hobbie is photography, you can ride on the back seat where u will be able to take the most amazing shots!! That's what l did! These buildings remainded me... More 

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Arvada, Colorado
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Reviewed April 24, 2015

To be honest, until now I never understood the importance of Puerto Rico and it's historical significance. However, while visiting this Historic Site and listing to National Parks rangers the entire picture of this island and it's strategic significance comes into sharp focus. Plan on taking a good 2-3 hours just to explore this area it's well worth the time.

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Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

this is a very well maintained and family-friendly place.lots of walking. Lots of history. We had a very enjoyable day here.

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Houston, United States
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Reviewed April 22, 2015

There's lots of history in Old San Juan and the ruins here are no exception. There are also lots of crowds on weekends and holidays, so plan to visit all the historic sites during the week or when school is in session.

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Reviewed April 22, 2015

We had one day left on our spring break in San Juan before heading home. A friend who is from San Juan suggested we see Old San Juan and the forts. With 2 teenage boys, it was the thing to do. The history was very interesting and the beauty unmatched. Worth seeing if you are in San Juan.

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Midland, Texas
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Reviewed April 22, 2015

El Morro was fantastic! So much to see and learn about, great views! Lots of walking, This is probably a site for older children.. Younger ones might be less entertained

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