One of the Must Visit Attractions in San Juan, Puerto Rico
The San Juan National Historic Site is one of the most impressive sights in Puerto Rico and among the most interesting in the Caribbean. These historic landmarks have been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, world class attractions you’ll want to add to your travel bucket list. San Juan National Historic Site includes the forts of San Cristóbal, San Felipe del Morro, San Juan de la Cruz (El Cañuelo) and the city walls. No Puerto Rico visit is complete until you visit the San Juan National Historic Site. These five century old fortifications are must see attractions that both adults and children will enjoy. Navigate through tunnels, dungeons, ramps, and barracks, stairways, pass cannons, arched passageways, and the famous Garitas. Bring your camera for the hundreds of gorgeous photo op’s with the San Juan Bay and Atlantic Ocean as the perfect background. Following you’ll see many photos, but no photo can truly capture the magnitude and splendor of this place. You must be here to appreciate it, prepare to be wowed.
San Cristobal Fortress / Castillo de San Cristobal
The largest Spanish Fort in the New World is a must-see site during your visit to Old San Juan. Covering 27 acres, this architectural masterpiece allows you to walk back 500 years. Whether you love historic attractions or not, you’ll want to spend a few hours inside. Bring your camera – the photo opportunities are incredible. Walk on your own or go for a group tour given by friendly park rangers. Learn more about Castillo San Cristobal.
San Felipe del Morro Fortress / Castillo San Felipe del Morro
The most popular and beloved place to go in Puerto Rico by both locals and visitors. Commonly known as “El Morro”, both the grounds and the fort are enchanting. Exploring the interior of this 6 level fort will not disappoint. Every level offers something interesting to see and explore. Once you walk outside on the grounds, enjoy the constant refreshing trade winds, so sit down, rest your feet and then get ready to run around flying a kite, a must do activity while in San Juan. More about El Morro.
Fort San Juan de la Cruz (El Cañuelo)
You don’t hear much about this fort, but this small fortification located at the west end of the San Juan Bay was served in conjunction with El Morro to protect the bay. In 1973, it was made part of the National Historic Site and a UNESCO historical site. The little fort is in need of restoration, and it’s now part of the town of Toa Baja on the small island of Isla de Cabras. It offers amazing views of the bay, the walls of Old San Juan, and the majestic El Morro mentioned above. More about Fort San Juan de la Cruz.
Walls of San Juan
These massive walls once served to protect the beautiful bay and city of San Juan. Today, the walls still surround the beautifully restored and cared for city of Old San Juan. Be sure to take a walk on Paseo de la Princesa and Paseo del Morro for great close-up views of the outside walls and breathtaking views of the San Juan Bay.
Map of San Juan National Historic Site
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