La Fortaleza

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  • 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

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. 

  • 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.

  • Children under 15 FREE
  • Parking fee is $2.00 per hour

  • For a detailed list of activities, refer website.

  • Free trams numbered 1 to 26 are available throughout the city.

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  • La Fortaleza Address: 63 Calle Fortaleza, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
  • La Fortaleza Contact Number: +1-7877217000
  • La Fortaleza Timing: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • La Fortaleza Price: 5 USD
  • Best time to visit La Fortaleza(preferred time): 09:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit La Fortaleza: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 29.8% of people who visit San Juan include La Fortaleza in their plan

  • 82.14% of people start their La Fortaleza visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see La Fortaleza

Monday, Thursday and Friday

87.1% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting La Fortaleza

People normally club together San Juan National Historic Site and Nuyorican Cafe while planning their visit to La Fortaleza.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • The official residence of the Governor or Puerto Rico. Built between 1533 and 1540 to defend the harbor of San Juan. It is the oldest executive mansion in continuous use in the New World. Listed by UNESCO in 1983 as part of the World Heritage Site. La Fortaleza was captured in 1598 by George Clifford, Earl of Cumberland and in 1625 by General Boudenwijn Hendrick of the Netherlands. In 1898, just before the US invaded Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War, the last Spanish governor of the island, Ricardo De Ortega, struck a long case clock with his sword, stopping the clock and marking the time at which Spain lost control over Puerto Rico.

  • La Fortaleza is the official residence of the Governor of Puerto Rico. It was built between 1533 and 1540 to defend the harbor during the settlement of the Spanish on the island. The structure is also known as Palacio de Santa Catalina (Santa Catalina’s Palace) is the the oldest executive mansion in continuous use in the New World. It was listed by UNESCO in 1983 as part of the World Heritage Site “La Fortaleza and San Juan Historic Site. Governor : Ricardo Rosselló First Lady : Beatriz Rosselló Assumed office : January 2, 2017 Resident Commissioner : Jennifer Gonzalez Assumed office : January 3, 2017 Government : Commonwealth Capital and largest city : San Juan Nickname : “Isla del Encanto” Municipalities : 78 National Anthem : La Borinqueña Official language : Spanish, English Note : Puerto Rico is under the United States but Spanish is the primarily speaking language among residents on the island. Minimum Wage : $7.25: Fiscal Year : July 1-June 30 Currency : United States Dollar

  • 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

  • A historic jewel! The tour was excellent.

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