Top historical sites to see on your cruise to San Juan
Three historical activities to explore on your Cruise to San Juan
There is plenty to explore on your cruise to San Juan. This amazing city is always bustling with adventure and is one of the most beautiful architectural locations on a Caribbean cruise. Not only can you enjoy an array of activities but do it all while walking on cobblestone streets and enjoy old Spanish style structures. If you’re a history buff you’ve really got a treat in store for you! San Juan is rich with history and has amazing historical monuments at your disposal to explore. If San Juan is a port stop on your Caribbean cruise get ready for a historical adventure!
Old San Juan: Cruises to San Juan aren’t complete without a stroll through Old San Juan. Here you will find hundreds of 16th and 17th century building, forts, and monuments that have been restored to their original Spanish flare. Old San Juan also gives guests the ability to brush up on their historical knowledge with plazas to commemorate Columbus, Ponce de Leon, and events that have made San Juan the beautiful city it is today.
A full walking tour through Old San Juan will take the entire day but the city of San Juan provides a free trolley to make exploration of Old San Juan a whole lot easier.
San Juan National Historical Site: Also located in Old San Juan is the San Juan National Historical Site. This site offers several guided tours that will make the history of San Juan come alive!
Explore the tunnels of Castillo San Cristobal, one of the largest defense buildings ever constructed in the Americas. Or, journey back in time and see what life was like as a soldier at Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Another fun tour available at the San Juan National Historical Site is the lighthouse tour. If you have children with you don’t miss out on the Discovery Center located next to Castillo San Cristobal.
While in the area don’t miss out on a free tour through La Fortaleza, once a fortress built to ward off attackers, this beautiful building became the governor’s place of residence and is now the oldest governor’s mansion still in use in the Western Hemisphere.
Cathedral of San Juan Bautista: Last but not least on our list of historical sites to see on your cruise to San Juan is the magnificent Cathedral of San Juan Bautista. If you enjoy historical art this is the place to go.
The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista is the second oldest cathedral in the Americas, the oldest church in the U.S. and one of the oldest buildings in San Juan. This cathedral is also the final resting place of the infamous Ponce de Leon, as his tomb is located on the grounds. Also located at the cathedral is the mummified remains of St. Pio, a Roman martyr killed for his religious beliefs.
These are just a few of the amazing historical places to visit on your cruise to San Juan. This magnificent city is full of so much more! Looking for some added savings on your next Caribbean cruise? Check out our Price Advantage Alerts and pay less than if you called the cruise line direct! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and join our InnerCircle for exclusive offers and cruise news you can use! Leaving soon? Check out our new Resource Center, where you can receive expert knowledge from us before your next cruise! Call the CruiseExperts.com today at 1-888-804-CRUISE(2784) and let our experts help you find the cruise of your dreams.
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