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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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US$135.00*
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El Morro Jetski Tour
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US$62.00*
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Walking Tour of Old San Juan

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Take walk along shore to El Morro

We headed to El Morro historic site via the ocean walkway. Such a nice way to arrive, although it would be quite hot on a sunny day. We walked under clouds, enjoying the walkway... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We headed to El Morro historic site via the ocean walkway. Such a nice way to arrive, although it would be quite hot on a sunny day. We walked under clouds, enjoying the walkway that stretched around to the other side of El Morro. It is being done in phases, but you can get to the steps and up to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The forts here are a great experience for anyone who likes a fun adventure! They make for perfect photo opportunities which never stop! There are plenty of different areas for kids to run around and there is a free trolley which you can take around to the different parts of the San Juan National Historic Site. Count on a full... More 

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was fun to explore the area for an afternoon. The wide open field acts as a makeshift park with lots of kites. Really pleasant place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Be sure to add this to your must do list! It is enormous and beautiful. Walking is the only way to see the site. Wear good walking shoes and take sunscreen and water. An umbrella wouldn't be a bad idea if you are fair skinned. It gets very hot and there is little to no shade to go prepared. The... More 

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Ponce, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is well preserved, guides can tell you its history and two encounters with Sir Francis Drake - the pirate elevated to noble status, it has fantastic views of the Bay and is something to be seen and to visit. The grounds surrounding the fortress are always filled with children and adults flying kites!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Don't miss going to El Moro during your visit to San Juan. While you are there you really should take a park Ranger guided tour. I already knew a lot about the history of PR but I learned much more in the 40 minute tour. I tell all my friends who visit San Juan that you must do two things.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A highlight of our trip to San Juan. Well organized and fascinating story of early island life. Be sure to attend a session with a tour guide (no extra charge) to learn of exploits of various countries to the new world as well as the history of the islands. If you are a senior, be sure to bring along your... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Large National Historic Site operated by National Park Service. $5.00 admission fee. Great history and National Park Service employee was very knowledgeable. Beware if you drive as parking is very limited in Old San Juan. We parked down to the south off of Tetuan in a parking garage and then walked the Paseo del Morro up to the back. Beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very clean well kept facility, requires some walking, but plan on spending several hours exploring the area. Breath taking views and even some local wildlife roaming around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Please visit this place and take pictures. We loved it. Very nice and beautiful place to visit and take kids to.learn history about Porto Rico. Please check it out

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