La Fortaleza

Photo Credit: © Roger Wollstadt CC

La Fortaleza, or the Governor's Mansion, is the oldest continuously inhabited building in the entire New World. There are gardens here that visitors can explore and admire.


While the public will not be able to go inside the house, the gardens are quite beautiful, and together with the house in the background can make a wonderful picture.

Staying Close

Those wishing to visit La Fortaleza may choose to book their trip in Old San Juan, since travelers to this part of Puerto Rico will have easy site access for the duration of their trip. There are a fair number of hotels in the neighborhood within the vicinity of this historical site.

Hotels near La Fortaleza
Hotel Type Distance Direction
The Caleta Guesthouse Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.2 km) N
CasaBlanca Hotel Hotel -- --
Villa Herencia B & B 0.1 mi. (0.2 km) N
Hotel Plaza de Armas Old San Juan Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.1 km) ENE
Hotel El Convento Hotel 0.2 mi. (0.2 km) NNE
Tree House in San Juan Hostel 0.2 mi. (0.2 km) NNE
Sj Suites Hotel Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.2 km) E

Location and What's Nearby

Island pastimes like working on one's golf game and heading to the beach are also widely available here. Historic site patrons looking to follow-up with a few holes of golf should consider going to the closest course, Fort Buchanan Golf Club. Many hours can also be planned at Escambrion Beach, the closest beach. And, an additional selection of golf and beach options are located in the surrounding area. Historic site visitors will discover a variety of other interesting places to get away from the sun in this general area. There are two spots worth checking out -Red Palace and Raices Fountain- each of them found not far from the historic site.


Operating Hours

The Garden is open to the public on the weekends.


If you need to know the price of admission, dial up La Fortaleza before your visit to determine how much, or if they charge.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (787) 721-7000 Or (787) 721-2211

Location: Fortaleza Street, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico


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