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San Juan National Historic Site (Sitio Histórico Nacional de San Juan) Tours

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San Juan National Historic Site (Sitio Histórico Nacional de San Juan)
Established in 1949, the San Juan National Historic Site (Sitio Histórico Nacional de San Juan) 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
Admission: Varies
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5 Tours and Activities to Experience San Juan National Historic Site (Sitio Histórico Nacional de San Juan)

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Unique Walking Tour through Old San JuanHalf-day Tours

Unique Walking Tour through Old San Juan

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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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Taste of San Juan Evening TourHalf-day Tours

Taste of San Juan Evening Tour

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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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  • 4 hours
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Rainforest & Luquillo Beach Half DayDay Trips

Rainforest & Luquillo Beach Half Day

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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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San Juan by Yourself with English Chauffeur by Town Car - SUV - VanFull-day 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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Yunque Rainforest half-day and Cultural Dance ClassDay Trips

Yunque Rainforest half-day and Cultural Dance Class

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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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