San Juan Shore Excursions
A highlight of Old San Juan is La Fortaleza, an ancient fort, constructed in 1540. Later it was to become the governor's official residence. Daily tours take you through the luxurious interior, with a magnificent golden banqueting hall, high-ceilinged galleries, and rooms decorated in period style.
Two fabulous walks are the Paseo de la Princesa, a recently renovated path that follows the coast and the Paseo de la Muralla which contours along the old city walls.
El Morro Fort
El Morro, a large fort dating from 1539, protected San Juan from sea attack. Its complete name is Castillo San Felipe del Morro, after the patron saint of King Philip of Spain. You can walk around six levels of gun emplacements and inspect the huge walls that loom over San Juan Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
San Cristobal Fort
San Cristobal Fort dates back to the eighteenth century and contains an intricate web of tunnels designed for mysterious operations.
Cathedral de San Juan
This impressive cathedral dates back to 1592, on the site of the previous cathedral that was smashed by a storm. Located on Calle Cristo, this neoclassical structure harbors the tomb of Ponce de Leon, a Spanish seaman, and the 1st governor of Puerto Rico.
All beaches in San Juan are public, and Escambrion beach, on the Atlantic coastline is amongst the most beautiful in the city. It's easy to get to, and gives wonderful views along the coastline to El Morro. An alternative is Condado beach, a little further east along the northern coast.
Bacardi Rum Distillery
The distillery has the humorous nickname 'the Cathedral of Rum'. Tourists can enjoy a free inspection tour and exciting trolley ride. After learning about the origins of the distillery enjoy a tipple or two.
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