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San Juan National Historic Site Tours

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San Juan National Historic Site
Established in 1949, the San Juan National Historic Site is home to some of the city’s most famous attractions. Here, visitors can climb Castillo San Felipe del Morro, which overlooks San Juan Bay, and Castillo San Cristóbal, built to protect against land attacks. The site also encompasses most of the city walls, the San Juan Gate, and Fort San Juan de la Cruz.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Address: San Juan 00926, Puerto Rico
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Yunque Rainforest half-day and Cultural Dance Class

Explore a lush rainforest and help contribute to Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria with this fun and rewarding half-day tour. After a convenient hotel or AirBnB pickup, travel by air-conditioned bus to El Yunque National Rainforest and support road and trail construction with your entrance fee. Swim in a natural pool, admire a gorgeous waterfall, explore Loiza Cave, and enjoy a Puerto Rican lunch—all on one convenient outing.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Cultural Tours

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The Old, The New and the Now, The Updated San Juan City Tour

Explore San Juan in the comfort of a private tour. This City is already amazing, but what makes our tour unique is our service. If you are one of those that has visited this City before this is the tour for you. This tour is a mix of historical, cultural and local traditions were you will see more than the touristic areas of San Juan. We will create an unforgettable experience for your group only. You will experience Puerto Rico like a local, visiting the places the locals visit, always with the company of a licensed tour guide that will go above and beyond to fulfill all your expectations. We will create a memory that will last a lifetime.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Cultural Tours

Rainforest & Luquillo Beach Half Day

Explore Puerto Rico’s El Yunque Rainforest and Luquillo Beach on a guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, visit the rainforest’s towering La Coca Falls, catch panoramic views of the country’s eastern shore, learn about Hurricane Maria-related recovery efforts, and relax in a natural swim hole. Enjoy a delicious optional lunch and stop by Luquillo’s white sand beaches for a refreshing swim.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Walking Tours

Unique Walking Tour through 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.
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  • 4 hours
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Bus & Minivan Tours

Taste of San Juan Evening Tour

Spend an evening exploring San Juan with a local guide who shares the best of Puerto Rico’s food and culture. Stop at a brewery to sample five local beers, then enjoy a tapas-style dinner. Afterward, soak in sweeping views from a scenic overlook, then top off the evening at a rum bar where you learn to prepare three classic rum drinks. Includes drinks, dinner, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
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Cultural Tours

Old San Juan & Bacardi

Explore historic Old San Juan and visit the world’s largest rum maker on this all-day tour. After a convenient hotel or AirBnB pickup, travel by private transportation to the Bacardi distillery for a personal tour. Then, head to Old San Juan for a sightseeing adventure. Admire the Governor’s Mansion, the cathedral, El Morro, and Capilla del Cristo. Enjoy an authentic lunch (not included) and a piña colada tasting.
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  • 7 hours
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Music Classes

Percussion Bomba Class - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Immerse yourself in the music of Puerto Rico through a 2-hour bomba drumming workshop. Find your way to the neighborhood of Santurce, an artistic center of San Juan, and get your hands on some traditional Puerto Rican instruments. Spend a few hours using different drums and instruments yourself, and learning bout the history, technique, and rhythms of Afro-Puertorican drumming.
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  • 2 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Two Caves Half-Day Adventure

See the Puerto Rican landscape during this full-day, guided tour that includes visits to two unique caves and a short forest hike. At Cueva Ventana or “Window Cave”, see paintings and carvings left by the Taino peoples and take in the view from a lookout within the cave. Hike a short distance among the trees to catch an aerial view of the massive arches and formations of Cueva del Indio.
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Cultural Tours

City Tour with Bacardi Distillery

Discover San Juan on a full-day tour with a trip to the Bacardi distillery. Visit famous landmarks such as Raices Fountain, San Juan Gate, City Hall, Plaza de Armas, and more as you learn about the history and culture of the island from your informative guide. Then, head to the Bacardi rum distillery and learn how the popular spirit is made and even enjoy a tasting of the famous drink.
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Half-Day Caving Adventure

Explore two of Puerto Rico’s most visited caves in one day during this half-day guided tour. Inside the Cueva Ventana aka “Window Cave”, natural limestone formations are the backdrop for ancient Taino paintings and petroglyphs. Look out from a window within the formation and down into the valley below. Take a short hike to Cueva del Indio aka "Indian Cave" to walk under massive rock arches by the sea.
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Nature & Wildlife

Foodie Tour in the Countryside with Carite Rainforest

Combine a food-focused tour with a visit to the Carite Rainforest in a single full-day tour from San Juan. Booking these activities separately might be time consuming, but this single tour has it all and takes care of all the details for you. Explore the Carite Rainforest with a guide, stopping at a natural pool to cool off with a swim. Experience the "Pork Highway" and visit a local coffee plantation; you'll also stop for a traditional Puerto Rican lunch.
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  • 6 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Rainforest Adventure: Private Waterfall, & Beach

Go deep into the Puerto Rican rainforest on this full-day tour from San Juan. With a guide in the lead and round-trip transportation provided, this multi-stop tour is easy and stress-free. Take a moderately difficult hike through the forest for amazing forest views, visit a secret waterfall, check out a hidden cave, and walk down a white sand beach. Stop for an authentic Puerto Rican lunch midday (own expense) to keep you fueled up for adventure.
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  • 7 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Explore Hidden Secrets of Old San Juan

We will start by making a stop at the San Felipe del Morro Fortress and explore all the history behind (1539), then take a walk thru the cobblestone streets of the Old San Juan and explore some hidden secrets in the San Juan Cathedral (1540) , San Juan Gate (1634) , and lastly making a stop at the Capitol Bulding to explore some of its rich history.
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Walking Tours

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Historical walk of Old San Juan

This walk will provide you with approximately 2.5 hours of walking. Our city is part of a beautiful tropical Island. That means wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing. Bring your bottle of water. Also, wear some sunscreen. It is a moderate to a medium level of walking. Some uphill walking is included. It may rain sometimes but it is very refreshing.We provide a cool morning tour at 8:00 am. You can also choose our 5:00 pm evening tour and see the city’s inspirational sunset, your choiceWe need at least 6 adults to make this happen. Invite a friend or family members.The walk does not include visiting the forts of Old San Juan, but arrangements can be made to fit a visit in that 2.5-hour walk. The fees to the forts are not included and would have to be paid at the entrance. Availability to visits the forts will depend on facilities of National Parks.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Full-day Tours

Secret Waterfall and Private Beach

Experience a secret waterfall, scenic hike, and private beach on this all-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, trek along lush rainforest trails and enjoy panoramic views, take a refreshing swim in a hidden swim hole, and learn about the impact of Hurricane Maria on the forest from an informative local guide. Relax at a beautiful private beach and feast on a delicious lunch before returning to your accommodation.
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  • 7 hours
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Bus & Minivan Tours

San Juan by Yourself with English Chauffeur by Town Car - SUV - Van

Enjoy San Juan by yourself !! Our Chauffeur services offer our customers a high-class and extra-comfortable journey in our  Lincoln Town Car or similar (up to 3 passengers), SUV Chevy Suburban or similar (up to 5 passengers) or our  Ford Transit  Van or similar (up to 10 passengers), including pick up and drop off in San Juan Cruise Port, San Juan Airport or San Juan City Center. Whether it’s for a business trip, sightseeing, or a shopping day out, explore San Juan with ease with this private 7-hour chauffeured service. Hop aboard your vehicile at your hotel or accommodation in San Juan City, then spin through the city streets with a private driver.
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  • 7 hours
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