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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:
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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USD 135.00*
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El Morro Jetski Tour
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USD 62.00*
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Walking Tour of Old San Juan

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An interesting historic site with great views of the ocean. Nice weather and many nearby restaurants and bars.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

An interesting historic site with great views of the ocean. Nice weather and many nearby restaurants and bars.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great time visiting El Morro and the fort in the San Juan national historical sites. It's amazing that these were built so long ago and are yet still standing. There is a free shuttle that will take you between the two locations so make sure to see everything while you're there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Tons of fun to walk around and explore. The views are spectacular. Watch your kids if you go, there are plenty of places for an unattended child to take a big fall. Be ready to climb some steps.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A little something for everyone ... history, military and warfare + expansive greenery to fly kites or picnic. A blend of locals and tourists, it was one of the highlights of our day! They shoot cannons every 30min which is also a very cool thing to see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The fort and its surrounds are well marked like the best of the US national parks, telling history and culture of the Spanish army which occupied this fort and fought other colonial powers fr the control of the Caribbean. Interesting if you like military history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Its an awesome downtown and historic atmosphere - plan on a minimum of 6 hours and lots of walking. The old forts are great - San Cristobal and El Morro are connected and the same $10 park admission gets you into both of them, they are both worth the visit and allow at least 3 hours to roam through both... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The views from the fort are quite spectacular. The men stayed and toured with a guide. The women were less interested and did a quick tour then went to the beach. The men were quite impressed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Plan to spend the day walking the two Forts. So much history and beautiful views from every little portal. With an island this beautiful, I can see why they fought so hard to protect it. You can take the little trolley which is free from one to the next and stay of for a round trip look at the Old... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a must see! The views of San Juan, El Yunque and the Atlantic are incredible. Also provides a nice history lesson, although should be taken with a grain of salt, because guess who writes the history..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Such a nice change from the beach and ocean. Can learn a lot but all would enjoy at the same time. Definitely recommend.

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