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“Don't Miss This - So Much To See and Well Preserved”

San Juan National Historic Site
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$62.00*
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Walking Tour of Old San Juan
Ranked #2 of 201 things to do in San Juan
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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 promontory, and is composed of six huge levels of ramps, barracks, dungeons, turrets, towers and tunnels.
Channel Islands National Park, California
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“Don't Miss This - So Much To See and Well Preserved”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

For those cruisers who are leaving out of San Juan, you can see part of this from the port since it is on a hill on the other side of the island. This one attraction alone is worth coming into San Juan a day early before you cruise. El Morro is well preserved and very photogenic (if I can say that about stone walls). As others have commented it is long walks just to see part of El Morro. For us, the weather wasn't cooperating, but some pictures came out.

Visited December 2012
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Ohio City, Ohio
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“The Castle in San Juan”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Was ok,Liked castle in Ponce better. Wasnt that much to see,Wanted to see it since I was in Puerto Rico before and never was there then.

Visited December 2012
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Hilton Head Island, SC
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“Don't Miss El Morro”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

When visiting San Juan, touring Old San Juan and seeing El Morro is a MUST DO. There is so much history in the fort. It is beautifully preserved and has a magnificent view.

We took the ranger guided tour. Do this if at all possible. The ranger shared a wealth of knowledge in a fun and engaging way.

Kudos to the National Park Service for a job well done.

Visited December 2012
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Falls Church, Virginia
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“Great views and lots to see”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

We visited both the San Cristobal and El Morro forts. They're close to each other about 15-20 minute walk along the water. (Or you can take one the free trolly if you don't feel like walking)

Remember that you can by a combined ticket for the two places for $10 - you have a week to use the tickets.

The el Morro fort unfold in front of you in all directions. You can climb up towards the lighthouse, visiting canon balls and canons, as well as different views of the areas around. And just when you thought that that's where it ends, you realize you can go down the stairs towards the sea, and visit even more of this amazing structure.

Visited December 2012
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Yonkers, New York
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“A destination as you walk through old San Juan”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Using El Morro and the Castillo San Cristobal as bookends this is a long walking experience and helps one fully understand the history of Old San Juan. We purchased the two-castle ticket (a whopping $6 for anyone over 16) and went to the Castillo San Cristobal later in the week, as the double admission is good for 7 days. Breathtaking views. The 15 minute movie is worth it for a brief overview of the history, wars, attempted coups, etc. Wear sunscreen!

Visited December 2012
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