San Juan National Historic Site

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San Juan National Historic Site

San Juan National Historic Site
4.5
Historic Sites • Historic Walking Areas
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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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Hayleigh W
9 contributions
Beautiful!
Oct 2021
The place is beautiful, who would've thought such a tiny island has sooo much history. Every step of the way is a photo op, guides were great. Only con - it was REALLY hot! be sure to pack a hydration pack and maybe one of those neck fan things, if not you'll end up buying lots of refreshing snacks which I'm not sure is all that bad. This place is a must visit.
Written 17 October 2021
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Stephanie S
2 contributions
Beautiful
Sep 2021 • Couples
Took great pics hard to find parking and hard to drive through the streets during the day. Definitely get there early. Got there on a good time on Monday and a few businesses were closed which was disappointing.
Written 23 September 2021
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michele
Morristown, NJ9 contributions
Informative and majestic forts
Sep 2021
We went to both forts/Castillos. We started first with San Cristobal (the smaller of the two) which included its functions throughout history. The walk to the next fort, del Morro, is about 20 minutes. It was hot out and no shade during the walk so be prepared as need, for sure water bottles. I had to lower my mask when we were at some outside sections because of the heat but you must wear a mask when you enter 'rooms' and more enclosed sections. There is a nice breeze at the forts facing the water. This is about a 2 hour experience.
Written 11 September 2021
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Sarah1517
Chesapeake, VA260 contributions
Fun day!
Aug 2021 • Family
We had a wonderful day at this site! It’s huge! And the breeze off the water makes a hot day bearable. We traveled with two kids ages 10 & 12 and they really enjoyed it. A lot of walking and stair climbing but very cool nonetheless. We didn’t do an audio tour we just read everything and that seemed sufficient enough for us. I would say it’s not stroller friendly or you get kid friendly. There are areas on the top part with very short concrete walls that an unsupervised child could honestly fall right over. I told my kids several times to watch where they walk. Otherwise it was a great site and a great day!
Written 30 August 2021
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dmbia
Iowa245 contributions
Oddly limited hours, but definitely worth a visit
Aug 2021
I was a bit annoyed to find that neither of the big forts opened until 9:30am. I arrived before 9:00 and just assumed they would have hours similar to those kept at other National Park Service properties. 9:30 seems ridiculously late for a major tourist attraction to open.

That said, anyone visiting Old San Juan should see the National Historic Site. Admission is normally inexpensive, and you might--like me--luck out and arrive on a "free" day. The history here is incredible, and they do a good job of explaining it.
Written 26 August 2021
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Meander310677
5 contributions
Touring El Morro and San Cristobal
Jul 2021
Amazing experience - fascinating history, impressive structure, and amazing views! The audio tour was full of interesting information. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
Written 10 August 2021
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Salem G
Kernersville, NC9 contributions
Beautiful!
Jul 2021
A lot of walking but well worth it!! The sights are breathtaking! There are plenty of picture opportunities for you and your family!
Written 5 August 2021
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Jacquie
24 contributions
2 Forts in one area
Jul 2021
We did this on our own and went to both Forts. It was very interesting and lots of information was available.
I loved it!
Written 27 July 2021
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Mudfoot4
Morehead, KY240 contributions
Vistas and history
Jul 2021 • Couples
An interesting day trip. Worth it to visit both forts and walk the trail from the San Juan Gate to El Morro. Both diets offer incredible views of the city, port and the sea. The history is fascinating, a must do if you’re in San Juan.
Written 21 July 2021
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Okiefoto
Denver, CO35 contributions
Great Photo Spot!
Jul 2021 • Solo
A must see in Old San Juan. It was fun to read the history, explore and enjoy beautiful views. This is a great place tor photos!
Written 11 July 2021
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