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La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina

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Address: Calle Fortaleza, San Juan 00902-0082, Puerto Rico
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+1 787-721-7000
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Visitors can take guided tours through this World Heritage Site, a 40-room...

Visitors can take guided tours through this World Heritage Site, a 40-room mansion completed in 1540 that was used to defend against foreign invaders.

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US$60.00*
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Walking Tour of Old San Juan
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US$95.00*
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Old San Juan Sunset Sail
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Old San Juan Harbor Sail

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cool place

we always take friends and family great historic building cool tour when it is available incredibile views

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Bayamon, Puerto Rico
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Bayamon, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

we always take friends and family great historic building cool tour when it is available incredibile views

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Avon, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved visiting the palace, La Fortaleza, Palacio de Santa Catalina. It is a working palace so please check opening hours for your visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Check the website for tour times, but if you have a chance to take one you'll enjoy touring the Governor's Mansion! You need a government-issued photo ID (passport, driver's license, etc) but the tours are free and you'll enjoy the gardens and interior courtyard area. Guide Francesca gave us a 25 minute tour that was filled with fun facts, personal... More 

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Hollywood, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This palace can be seen from the streets. Cant get in must have a pass to enter. Guard standing at the gate. Beautiful to see and take picture from the outside.

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Ferndale, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

The only reason I cannot truly give it a 5-star is that one of the floors that will be available for viewing (this Sunday only) was not available when we went on Wednesay 12/7. The tour guide is extermely pleasant, knowledgeable and very proud of her commonwealth and the history. The building and grounds are more of less what you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful & full of history. We talk our time, visited the fountain, vendors and food trucks. Great way to stay cool.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

seems it's been around since like 1523 and everybody has lived there. it looks to be in great shape. we plan on returning tomorrow for a 'free' tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Live music Friday nights... Actually all the plazas in OSJ have live music. It is a great way to start your weekend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

You need to buy your entrance ticket at a building outside of the fortaleza itself. The tour is guided through some beautifully furnished rooms. Well worth the time to visit this lovely place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The Governor's Official Residence is the original Fort of San Juan, replaced by El Morro at the entrance to the harbor. Truly a fascinating slice of history that is still in vibrant use today. (The current Governor's two sons soccer net in the courtyard is an example of this). The flower and vegetable gardens offer a glimpse of Puerto Rican... More 

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