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Puerto Rico is home to hundreds of popular attractions. From picture-perfect beaches to tropical rainforests, the island has a little bit of everything. Strolling through Old San Juan is a special treat. Walk past brightly colored buildings that capture the unique Caribbean style of the island. Located in the heart of the city, Cathedral of San Juan Bautista is one of the oldest buildings in town. This beautiful Neoclassical church has a history that dates back all the way to 1540. Today you can see the tomb of Ponce de Leon and tour the church. Take a walk through more than five centuries of history at the San Juan National Historic Site. You can view remnants of the old city walls and explore the forts and castles that have stood on this oceanfront site for years. Originally built by the Spanish in the 1700s, Castillo San Cristóbal is perched dramatically next to the city. For a spectacular view, walk to San Felipe del Morro Fortress that juts out onto the ocean.
Dating back to the early 1500s, Cathedral of San Juan Bautista is one of oldest structures in all of Puerto Rico, let alone San Juan. The chapel is located in Old San Juan, where its neoclassical architecture has made it a must-see for Caribbean travelers.
Apart from the awe-inspiring architecture, the church is also known for housing attractions like the tomb of Spanish explorer Ponce de León and a shrine honoring Carlos Manuel Rodríguez Santiago. Take a tour of the church during your visit to San Juan.
Comprised of four historic sites in Old San Juan, the San Juan National Historic Site is a colonial-era, National Park Service-managed area featuring 100s of years of history. The sites are located on the north side of Puerto Rico in the city of San Juan.
Specific sites within San Juan NHS include Castillo San Cristóbal, City Walls of Old San Juan, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, and Fortín San Juan de la Cruz. Head over to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and check out the bastions and fort houses and explore San Juan Bay.