La FortalezaCurrently Closed
- Address: 63 Calle Fortaleza, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
- Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-7877217000
- Ticket Price: 5 USD
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Ancient Ruin, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Tower, Architecture , Picnic Spot, Fort
La Fortaleza - Review
Puerto Rico is the first island that anyone would come across when on a voyage from Europe to America. It was captured by the Spaniards in the late 15th century and was their prized possession as it gave access to all the trade routes between the Old world and the New. La Fortaleza was actually the first fortification built in San Juan between 1533 and 1540 right near the shores overlooking the ocean. Its architectural style was obviously more military and defence oriented rather than a royal one. Throughout the ages till the 19th century the fortress has stood guard against many English and Dutch attacks on Puerto Rico.
Another tower was built adjacent to the fort. It was customary for the governor to reside and take oath for the King of Spain from here. La Fortaleza is now a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is also the part of San Juan National Historic Site among other forts like del Morro and Cristobal. It also houses the current governor of Puerto Rico in line with the old traditions.
La Fortaleza Information
- For a detailed list of Annual passes and reservations, refer website.
- The Fortaleza street starts from west from near the La Fortaleza to east and is famous for its wide variety of shops and restaurants.
La Fortaleza Ticket Prices
- Children under 15 FREE
- Parking fee is $2.00 per hour
La Fortaleza Hours
- For a detailed list of activities, refer website.
How To reach La Fortaleza by Public Transport
- Free trams numbered 1 to 26 are available throughout the city.
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Things to Know Before Visiting La Fortaleza
30.16% of people who visit San Juan include La Fortaleza in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
82.14% of people start their La Fortaleza visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see La Fortaleza
87.1% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting La Fortaleza
La Fortaleza Trips
La Fortaleza, San Juan Reviews
We took a guest with us on her first trip to Puerto Rico, so we were excited to show her the best there is to see. I had been to La Fortaleza twice before, so comparing with prior visits, I was greatly disappointed. Since apparently there were meetings taking place inside, we were only allowed to see the outside of the building and the chapel. The tour guide seemed unprepared, tired, or maybe both, gave only general dates with no context, and repeated the same information at least four times. (You'd think her mind was somewhere else, or she was a last minute substitute.) Some areas had not been dusted in ages, for example the chapel's chandelier was covered in spider webs that glistened under the lights. This was quite embarrassing. Also noticed that there was no safe place to leave belongings, and although they locked them in the souvenir shop, that in itself doesn't give out a good impression. Perhaps this review is helpful to take appropriate action.
I am not being mean or nothing. But you should not make so much people wait in line for the sealing covers espacialy old people so please do something about it
Beautiful historic residence of the Governor of San Juan, Puerto Rica. We were lucky to get a chance to go on a tour of the residence that is not generally available to the public.
A historic jewel! The tour was excellent.
Beautiful castle where the governor of Puerto Rico and his family lives, full of history