Sitio Histórico de San Juan, San Juan

Must see · World heritage site · Historic Walking Area · Historic Site
Visit many of the capital city's best attractions in one place at Sitio Histórico de San Juan. Created in 1949 to protect the city's most important historical buildings, the World Heritage Site encompasses local icons, such as Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Castillo San Cristóbal, and the Old City walls. You can explore the expansive protected area, which sits on the city's dramatic coast, by foot. Many visitors bring food and have an al fresco meal on the grass overlooking the water. Add Sitio Histórico de San Juan to your San Juan travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our San Juan road trip planning tool.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • Impressive. Take the time to walk around and explore the property. There are tons of hidden passageways and tunnels to see. Too much history to put in a Google review... just check it out! There is a $7 entrance fee for adults (each) and kids are free. This ticket can also be used at the San Cristobal Castle across the bay for up to 48 hours. Both are spectacular. Old San Juan is beautiful with these structures being at the forefront of it's history. The walls will continue to stand for centuries to come.
  • Very well taken care of historical site. Large grounds for some great walking. Beautiful old cemetery at one end. There is a boardwalk path along the ocean side down the stairs. Quite and serene.
  • Absolutely beautiful! We took a self guided tour of this historical site while on a cruise. So glad we did. It was amazing and we got so many great pictures. It's such a big fort we didn't even see the whole thing after being their an entire day. Would definitely like to come back again the next time we're in Puerto Rico. There is a small fee to gain access to the major portion of the fort but it's so worth it!
  • The history behind this place is nothing short of fascinating. It is a great place to go with family -especially kids - because of this historic background. You can walk through the Castillo and just reading the signs out loud will give you and your family a pretty good idea of all that has happened here, going back to over 500 years ago. Entry fee to the castle is $7.00 for adults, and free for kids under $15. The views are incredible and they alone make the price of admission worth it. If you are ever in San Juan, this is a place you should visit.
  • This is one of the most well-known and most visited locations within old San Juan. It is a fascinating tour, if you are willing to pay the money and go inside. You certainly need to do that once in your life. It's not too much money. and if you keep your receipt, you receive free admission at the fort on the other side of old San Juan just a mile away. This area is gorgeous during sunset, and children have a lot of fun playing on the expansive lawn. It is nice to walk down the hill and view the cemetery just over the rock wall.

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