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San Juan National Historic Site (Sitio Histórico Nacional de San Juan)
San Juan National Historic Site (Sitio Histórico Nacional de San Juan)

San Juan National Historic Site (Sitio Histórico Nacional de San Juan)

501 Norzagaray St,Castillo San Cristobal, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00926

The Basics

Travelers can learn about historic battles that took place against the English and Dutch while visiting the restored lighthouse, chapel, and vintage cannons at Castillo San Felipe del Morro (nicknamed El Morro for short). History buffs will also love Castillo San Cristóbal, located near the gate of Old San Juan. While El Morro protected Puerto Rico from sea attacks, Castillo San Cristóbal was designed to stop intruders approaching by land. With grounds stretching some 27 acres (11 hectares), it’s Puerto Rico’s largest fortification site, as well as the biggest built by the Spanish after arrival in the New World.

Guided tours of Old San Juan include visits to the San Juan National Historic Site, plus you can catch views of El Morro while riding around on a Jet Ski tour of the bay.

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The Old, The New and the Now: The Updated San Juan City Tour
The Old, The New and the Now: The Updated San Juan City Tour
$120.00 per adult
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Fabulous day
Angel was awesome. We had a relaxing and very informative day. The air conditioned vehicle and driver was such a nice touch! Highly recommend this.
marylinn_r, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Juan

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A magical experience for those who want to explore old San Juan from a local‘s point of view!
Samantha_P, Oct 2021
The Old, The New and the Now: The Updated San Juan City Tour
Although this tour is on the expensive side, it is worth every penny! Angel was an extremely knowledgeable tour guide who spoke fluent English. Initially, I was only interested in a tour of old San Juan, but I ended up enjoying the “Now” portion of this tour, which focused on where the locals hang out, immensely. This is absolutely the tour for you, if you are interested in exploring Puerto Rico from a local’s point of you. I can’t recommend this tour highly enough. It’s a must do!!
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Amazing
Regina_M, Sep 2021
The Old, The New and the Now: The Updated San Juan City Tour
The hole tour they was really nice and gave good information old and new was great place to see and to know the history of it it’s was a amazing views and the beach
star-5
Awesome
Kameelah_M, Sep 2021
Small-Group Old San Juan Bike Tour
Sebastian was everything and more. He was knowledgeable and showed so much pride and energy! I will be back for this trouble alone!💜💜
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Bike Tour 2021
Porchia_L, Aug 2021
Small-Group Old San Juan Bike Tour
The bike tour was amazing!!!! Our tour guide showed us Old San Juan. We got to make stops and take pictures. Very informative and beautiful.
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Fantastic
Josephine_P, Jul 2021
The Old, The New and the Now: The Updated San Juan City Tour
Even with a last minute change of tour guide it was a wonderful experience. Tour guide Danny V he is an amazing guide and very knowledgeable. Visiting Puerto Rico first time it was an awesome tour.
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Great way to Bike and explore
Marya_H, Jul 2021
Small-Group Old San Juan Bike Tour
I only booked one excursion on my trip and this was perfect. I am traveling alone and wanted a pretty laid back trip. My tour guide Diego was great he knew the area and had a lot of details to share about the history in San Juan. We went on a day of off and on rain, but he was flexible and made it match the needs of me and the other rider. Overall, the service abd the activity were fun. I recommend this as a way to see old San Juan from a different t vantage point and get a little workout. 👌🏽
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See more than Old San Juan
Jacqlyne_M, Jun 2021
The Old, The New and the Now: The Updated San Juan City Tour
Had a great private tour with Angel. Wanted to see more than just Old San Juan, and this tour met my expectations. Learned a lot about San Juan during the tour especially its rich and interesting history. Angel was a great host, and I enjoyed my time with him. If you want to see and experience more than the typical tourist areas, this is the tour for you.
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Great Tour
Howard_Y, May 2021
The Old, The New and the Now: The Updated San Juan City Tour
Thank you Angel. We enjoyed the private tour. We did the tour on our first day in Puerto Rico and would recommend doing the tour early in your trip as it gave us a great feel for San Juan and places we would want to revisit later in the trip. Loved La Perla and Old San Juan as well as the authentic areas of San Juan that have not become too touristy.
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Awesome
Gabrielle_P, May 2021
The Old, The New and the Now: The Updated San Juan City Tour
Angel was the best tour guide ever. He was ever personal but professional. Definitely a 10/10 experience. Recommended to all. Driver was great and friendly also.
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Unforgettable experience
SYLVESTER_C, May 2021
The Old, The New and the Now: The Updated San Juan City Tour
My tour guide Alex was such a good and knowledgeable guide he took me to all part of San Juan and I got to see more things are the city and also I thought it was a tour with other ppl but a private tour around the city was the best choice I could of made if anybody books this trip make sure you get Alex you won't regret it and all
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Awesome
Norena_B, Feb 2021
The Old, The New and the Now: The Updated San Juan City Tour
Enjoyed the entire tour, the guide was very informative. They were very nice and allowed us to stop at any point to take pictures.
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Great
Wykisha_Q, Sep 2020
The Old, The New and the Now: The Updated San Juan City Tour
Very nice tour. Many attractions I had my own private tour. The guide had a lot of knowledge and very helpful with pictures and questions.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • History buffs and military enthusiasts will enjoy exploring San Juan National Historic Site.

  • In addition to exploring the forts, you can also walk along the Paseo del Morro trail, which follows the city wall from the San Juan Gate to Castillo San Felipe del Morro.

  • Be aware that the surfaces of the historical structures are uneven and rugged, and the ramps and staircases are steep and sometimes narrow.

  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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How to Get There

The San Juan National Historic Site is an easy walk from the pier where most cruise ships dock; head north past Plaza Colón from there. Free trams depart every 20 to 30 minutes and travel three different routes around Old San Juan, including past the historic site. Taxis are also available.

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When to Get There

In February, over the course of several days, the San Juan National Historic Site celebrates its anniversary with special programming. Park staff and volunteers dressed as uniformed soldiers conduct cannon-firing demonstrations from Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Fort San Juan de la Cruz in the morning and afternoon. In general, the site attracts the most tourists and locals on the weekends.

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El Yunque Rain Forest

Located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from San Juan, El Yunque Rain Forest is a popular attraction for first-time and returning visitors to Puerto Rico and a must-see for nature lovers. Although it is relatively small in size, it is the only tropical rain forest in the United States Forest Service and boasts plenty of biodiversity.

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