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Puerta De San Juan, San Juan
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Step back in time and enter the city through the historic Puerta De San Juan, the last remaining of the six gates that once served as entrances through the old town’s protective walls. Observe the thickness of the wall as you pass through the gate, and witness the beautiful, romantic town open up before you. Try a refreshing "piragua," a popular local drink, from one of the street vendors, and stroll the cobbled streets, observing beautiful architecture of this World Heritage Site. To visit Puerta De San Juan on your trip to San Juan, use our San Juan itinerary planner.
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  • former entrance to the bastion of old san juan. It leads to the part history of the capital of puerto rico. It communicates with a short walk to the sea
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  • We went to this historic site on a walking tour of Old San Juan. This is an impressive and historic structure. This is literally where travelers were admitted into the city of San Juan. When the doors...  more »
  • Loving every moment to explore historic sites in Old San Juan! Hot though. Catch to see the cats! They are everywhere, omg! 
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  • Old San San Juan was a completely walled city back in Spanish colonial times. There were 7 gates through the walls that protected the city. The San Juan gate is the only remaining one out of the 7. Its a great place to start or end your walk in the "Paseo de la Princesa" in Old San Juan. From here you can now also walk over to the San Felipe del Morro fort.
  • Beautiful and historic! Watch for Pelicans hanging out in the trees nearby, plus the lovely statue of Queen Isabela tucked nearby, by a huge strangler fig tree. If you go through the gate into the city, to your right will be a secluded and charming fountain area.
  • Fun place to see. Notice the statue of the queen hidden in the left corner as your enter (towards the sea). There used to be many more of these gates (in the wall that used to surround old san juan) but most of that wall was torn down as the city expanded.
  • Awesome and historic! Really nice experience to visit this area and walk through this huge door and entrance. From here you see the bay and a portion of the walls of the El Morro.
  • In the old times the gate was for important visitors. The street behind leads to the cathedral where the travelers could thank god for they safe journey. I liked the place around dusk. There is a good light to take pictures. No fee to visit it. So if you walk around old San Juan you should walk trough the gate.