Things To Do
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There are many ways to enjoy and experience San Juan National Historic Site. You are welcome to:
Join a ranger for the hourly orientation talks, offered every hour on the hour. These 15 to 20 minute talks are designed to give you a brief overview of the fortifications of San Juan. Interpretive talks are held throughout the week. Check out the schedule of events for days and times. Programs are available in English and Spanish.
Explore the fortifications by taking a self guided tour. Wander through casemates and read the exhibits to learn more. The official park map and guide will help direct you around the site.
Watch the video, "The Fortifications of Old San Juan" which is shown 15 minutes, in both English and Spanish. This twelve minute long audio visual program features the history of the fortifications.
Relax and ponder as you take in the view of the city from the third level at Castillo San Cristobal. The large open area in front of Castillo San Felipe del Morro, known as the esplanade, offers space for picnicking and kite flying.
Click here for special events at the park. Things to Know Before You Come
The staff at San Juan National Historic Site looks forward to your visit! Click on the brown links above for information to help make your visit safe and enjoyable. Please contact us for more information.
Puerto Rico is 100 miles long and 35 miles wide. Close to 4 million people live on the "Island of Enchantment," with more than a million in the greater San Juan metropolitan area alone. It is a vibrant, modern, bilingual, multicultural society, one that has been molded by Spanish, African, Native American Tainos with influences from the United States.
Both Spanish and English are the official languages, the local currency is the U.S. dollar, and no visas or passports are required to enter Puerto Rico from the United States. Mail is sent through the US Postal Service at the same rates as on the mainland.
Puerto Rico is in the Atlantic Time Zone and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. The island uses standard U.S. electric code. European appliances require an adapter.
There are no customs duties on articles bought in Puerto Rico and taken to the U.S. mainland. Major credit cards are accepted at most businesses, and ATM's connected to major US and international networks are easy to find.
Business hours are similar to those on the mainland, 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM weekdays. Most stores are open Saturdays, and all of the larger towns have shopping malls that are open evenings and Sundays.
Did You Know?
Castillo San Cristóbal is the biggest fortification built by the Spanish in America. It's construction began in 1634 and took approximately 150 years.