San Juan National Historic Site Tours

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Established in 1949, The San Juan National Historic Site is home to some of the city’s most famous attractions. Visitors can climb to Castillo San Felibe del Morro, overlooking the San Juan Bay, for an up close look at military efforts more than 250 years ago. Travelers can learn about historic battles that took place against the English and Dutch while visiting the restored lighthouse, chapel and vintage cannons. 

History buffs will also love Castillo San Cristobal, near the gate of Old San Juan. While El Morro protected Puerto Rico from seaside attacks, Castillo San Cristobal was designed to stop intruders approaching by land. With grounds stretching some 27 acres, this is Puerto Rico’s largest fortification site, as well as the biggest built by the Spanish after discovering the New World. 

Practical Info

The National Historic Site is an easy walk from the pier where most cruise ships dock. Travelers can head north past the Plaza Colon to access most sites. Free trams are also available every 20 to 30 minutes. Most attractions are open from 9 a.m until 6 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. 
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Address: San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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Hours: Daily 9am-6pm, Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day
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Admission: Adults $5, Children Under 15 Free
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Walking Tour of Old San Juan

Discover the historic delights of Old San Juan as you pound its ancient cobblestones on a 5-hour walking tour. Take a comprehensive look at the wealth of colonial landmarks in this former Spanish colony, visiting ‘La Fortaleza’ (Governor’s House), the imposing San Felipe El Morro Fort, 16th-century San Jose Church, the Ballaja Barracks and much more. As you stroll, your expert guide provides additional insight into the design and famous personalities that once inhabited this charming area.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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1-Hour Guided El Morro Jetski Tour

Combine sightseeing with adventure on this jet ski tour. Your guide shares insights into the history of San Juan as you take to the waters of the Caribbean Sea, around the historic fort of El Morro and even to one of the corners of the mysterious Bermuda Triangle. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Casa Bacardi and Old San Juan Tour

Uncover the history of Bacardi, the world’s most famous spirits company, on this 5-hour tour of Casa Bacardi, and visit to historic Old San Juan. Step inside the world’s largest rum distillery for a handcrafted cocktail and an interactive tour of the company’s history. Then move on to Old San Juan to see the El Morro and San Cristobal forts, plus panoramic views of San Juan Bay. Your visit also includes round-trip transportation from select San Juan hotels, entrance fees at the distillery and San Cristobal and souvenir cup.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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San Juan Historic Tour: Fort San Cristobal and Ruin of Caparra

Learn about the early days of San Juan as you explore some of the city’s most important historical sites and beautiful scenery. Check out key colonial sites including the Ruins of Caparra, where the city of San Juan was first founded, along with Isla de Cabra, an islet at the entrance of San Juan Bay which once helped defend the city. You’ll also head to the western portion of town for excellent views of the iconic El Morro fortress and explore the Fort San Cristobal. Your trip also includes transport between sites and a professional guide.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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