San Juan National Historic Site

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The San Juan National Historic Site is the overarching Historic Zone that includes much of Old San Juan. Within the zone are the two main forts, Castillo San Cristobal and San Felipe del Morro, as well as several other historic sites.


Located on the grounds of the San Juan National Historic Site are two forts that once protected San Juan as well as powder houses, bastions, and walls. Guests are welcome to tour the property with the rangers who give hourly orientation presentations that last about 20 minutes, or take a self-guided tour. Before you go, make sure to sit down for the 15 minute "the Fortifications of Old San Juan" video.

Staying Close

San Juan National Historic Site is located in Old San Juan, ensuring those staying in this region of Puerto Rico will have the benefit of easy access to this historic attraction throughout their trip. There a reasonable number of hotels in the region within the vicinity of this historical site.

Hotels near San Juan National Historic Site
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Tree House in San Juan Hostel 0.1 mi. (0.2 km) SE
Hotel El Convento Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.2 km) S
The Gallery Inn Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.3 km) E
Villa Herencia B & B 0.2 mi. (0.2 km) S
The Caleta Guesthouse Hotel 0.2 mi. (0.2 km) S
Hotel Plaza de Armas Old San Juan Hotel 0.2 mi. (0.1 km) SSE
CasaBlanca Hotel Hotel -- --

Location and What's Nearby

Island staples like hitting a few rounds of golf and heading to the beach are also widely available in the area. Visitors who enjoy showing their proficiency around the golf course, might want to do so at the most convenient golfing facility, which is Fort Buchanan Golf Club. Long hours can also be filled with time at Escambrion Beach, the closest beach. But, an additional selection of outdoor attractions exist in the region. Guests will also find plenty of indoor places to visit in this general vicinity. Located only a short distance away are another pair of nearby places you may want to check out--Galeria Nacional Museum and Pablo Casals Museum.


Operating Hours

San Juan National Historic Site is open to the public daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The cost to visit the forts at San Juan National Historic Site is $3(USD) per adult aged 16 and up, or $5(USD) for both. It s also important to note that while parking is free for the first hour, it costs $2(USD) per hour after that.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (787) 729-6960

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico



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