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San Juan National Historic Site

Norzagaray St | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
+1 787-729-6777
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Norzagaray St | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
Norzagaray St | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
+1 787-729-6777
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

El Morro the fort is a great place to visit, get history, buy some sorveniers and take beautiful pictures. I have visited on several occasions and every time I go, I have to visit the Fort. It’s great for children to fly kites and there...More

1  Thank lydiar770
Reviewed 5 days ago

Be sure to have good walking shoes so you can make it to the site. Great views over looking the sea.

1  Thank N Manners F
Reviewed 5 days ago

Rich in history that is well documented and well presented for tourists. Great views. Highly recommended for a few hours

1  Thank Samhainn22
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful spot to walk and sit and watch the kites . Great history , the fort is worth the tour plus amazing views and photo opps! Beautiful part of San Juan and to see PR hoppin!

1  Thank Trixtravels
Reviewed 1 week ago

I think everyone should find the time to make their way here while in San Juan. Bring a camera and just take your time.

1  Thank Allen B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to San Juan by cruise ship. Walking off the ship puts you dead smack in old San Juan which comprises the sites of the National Historic Site: El Morro, the San Juan Gate and the San Cristobal Castle. If you start walking left,...More

1  Thank kbpneacl
Reviewed 1 week ago

Magnificent view on the way to the fort.very clean.No smell.Quite an area for games or picnic.Very scenic.

1  Thank LPY39
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

San Juan National Historic Site is absolutely beautiful, and well worth taking the time to explore. While visiting, make sure you walk the Paseo del Morro, which is a trail that passes all the way around the site along the shores of San Juan bay.

1  Thank ElCalvo1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great views from El Morro - views of San Cristobal from there. Move around the fort so you can have amazing views of the sea and the other castle and colorful houses in distance

1  Thank Meghal7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We toured both of the historic forts in San Juan. Very good descriptions throughout the forts. Definitely a great site for history buffs. Allow about an hour at each fort. Thirty minute walk through old San Juan between the forts.

1  Thank scubamom33
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Arla H
31 December 2017|
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Response from sylvia641 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can get down to the beach, but locals warn tourists not to go into the La Per Perla area of the beach - it is half way between the two forts that span the cost line. There really is no actual beach - just rocks and... More
8 December 2017|
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Response from TFiggins | Reviewed this property |
I visited right before the hurricane so I’m not sure if they are back up and running now.
17 November 2017|
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Response from Richard S | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry but we do not know