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San Juan National Historic Site is a National Park Service which includes beautiful places such as Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Castillo San Cristóbal, City Walls of Old San Juan, and Fortin San Juan de la Cruz. One can see the most impressive sights in Puerto Rico from this particular UNESCO World Heritage Sites. All historical attractions provide the most wonderful things to see while navigating through tunnels, dungeons, ramps, stairways, arched passageways, and many more making it more the reason why visiting San Juan National Historic Site is a must.
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La Fortaleza is the official residence of the Governor of Puerto Rico and the oldest executive mansion to be still in use. Its pale blue and white façade, tiled roof, patios and wrought ironwork recall the grace of Spanish colonial architecture with a richly furnished interior inside. The fine galleries and period furniture of the museum is worth to visit.
Casa Blanca is a house museum located in Old San Juan within the historical colonial section of the capital of Puerto Rico. Take your time while walking through the museum and make sure you don't miss the great view of San Juan Bay. You can also see and explore the lush gardens and water features there since you can visit for free. This Casa Blanca Museum is one of the places you can enjoy quietly without crowds.
San Jose Church, also called Iglesia de San Jose, is located in Old San Juan within the historic colonial section of the capital of Puerto Rico. This church is worth a visit since it is one of the very first significant works on the island. It has the architectural examples of the 16th-century Spanish Gothic architecture in the Western hemisphere. It tells the story of the early colonial history of the New World and is listed as one of the most endangered historical places. The church could be gone in a few years, so better visit when it's still around.
How to Get Tickets?
The ticket to San Juan National Historical Site costs $7.00 per person for ages above 16 years old. It is valid for entry to the Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo San Cristobal. You can buy the ticket prior to your visit or just walk in and buy your ticket in the site.
How To Get Around?
Getting arround here is pretty much easy. You can just walk, ride a free trolley, rent a car and drive, take a taxi or guided tour, ride the bus, rent a bike, and many more. You can also get around San Juan by taking a public transportation in the metro area of the island, but it doesn't cover the whole island so if you are going to an area without public transportation, taking a taxi would be an option as it is considered affordable and not pricey in the island.
What Should I Wear?
You can wear anything as there is no designated dress code while visiting San Juan National Historic Site but since the weather there can change easily, it is possible to feel the cold air in San Juan in any season so you'd better wear layers and long pants, carry a raincoat or an outer wear clothing. Don't forget to bring your sunglasses too as it might get sunny there.
Best Time to Visit
Visiting San Juan National Historic Site in the morning when it opens is usually the best time to avoid crowds since most locals and tourists visit the site in the evening to enjoy a stroll and see the sunset. If you have a lot of time to leisurely sightseeing, coming in the afternoon is the best time as you can also watch the sunset in the evening.
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Will I Need a Guide?
You probably won't need a guide as navigating around the island is easy and although some people there speak Spanish, most people can also speak in English. The directions to get to places and public transportation directions are also written in both languages to make it easy for tourists visiting. Asking directions to the locals can be considered too, they are helpful and friendly.
How To Get There?
To go to San Juan National Historic Site, you can ride a bus and stop at the El Tren frente Estacionamiento Veterano Puertorriqueno stop and continue by walking for around 20 minutes to get you there. If you don't want to wait for a bus to go there as it might take you a while to reach San Juan National Historic Site, you can always call an Uber or board a taxi. It might be more expensive but it will save you a lot of time if you are not staying in San Juan for a long time.
You can arrange activities inside the San Juan National Historic Site using a Special Use Permits (SUP), such as weddings, picnics, horseback riding, etc. A SUP is required for group activity or event involving more than 20 people, so make sure you have your SUP if you want to organize an event in the site.