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San Juan Gate

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Puerta de San Juan

Enter San Juan through the last remaining gateway from the city’s walls and discover the military history of its atmospheric Old Town. 

Learn something about the history of Puerto Rico’s capital as you walk through San Juan Gate. The eye-catching red frame of the gateway is hard to miss when strolling around the historic walls of the city. Come through the gate to arrive in the heart of Old San Juan, a neighborhood packed with attractions from the city’s fascinating past.

Read the information plaque outside the gate to learn about the history of this landmark. The gate was built in 1635 and was the formal point of entry into the city. Visiting dignitaries arrived through this gate, whereas the other four gates were used for merchants and other everyday traffic. Upon entering, nobles walked to the nearby cathedral and thanked God for their safe passage.

Stroll down the Paseo de la Princesa, a scenic, tree-lined promenade, to reach the old gate. The bright red wood of the gateway stands out from the rest of the old walls. Look upward to read the Latin inscription, which says “Blessed are those who come in the name of the Lord.”

Note the thickness of the walls as you cross through the gateway, which demonstrates how strong the fortifications of Old San Juan were. In its heyday, it was one of the best fortified cities in the Caribbean. Once on the other side, you are in the heart of the historic district, just moments from City Hall on Plaza de Armas.

Follow the Paseo del Morro, a pathway around the edges of the walls, to see how the vast defenses were built on top of sea cliffs, making the city almost impenetrable. The coastal footpath leads all the way to the fortress of El Morro (Castillo de San Felipe del Morro).

San Juan Gate is located in the western part of Old San Juan, facing the bay. Reach it on foot from other nearby attractions. La Fortaleza, San Juan Cathedral and Casa Blanca are all about 5 minutes away when walking around the historic district.

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El Colonial - Adults Only
El Colonial - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
312 C. de San Francisco, San Juan, San Juan
The price is $126 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in Old San Juan, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Port of San Juan, San Juan Cathedral, and Castillo de San Cristobal. San Juan Gate and Castillo ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
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Hotel El Convento
Hotel El Convento
4.5 out of 5
100 Cristo St, San Juan
The price is $189 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
Located in Old San Juan, this luxury hotel is steps from San Juan Cathedral and San Juan Gate. Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo de San Cristobal are ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (978 reviews)
"El hotel está un poco descuidado las habitaciones no están limpias y la que yo me hospede permaneció con muchísimo olor a comida todo el tiempo las puertas del balcón no cerraban . La verdad espero que mejore por que es un lugar muy lindo"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Hotel El Convento
Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel
Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel
4 out of 5
100 Brumbaugh Street, San Juan
The price is $239 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
Located in Old San Juan, this hotel is steps from Pier 3, Port of San Juan, and Teatro Tapia. Pier 1 and Museo del Mar are also within 5 minutes.
4.1/5Very Good! (1,061 reviews)
"Great location and friendly staff."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel
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El Colonial - Adults Only
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3.5 out of 5
312 C. de San Francisco, San Juan, San Juan
The price is $126 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
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4.5 out of 5
100 Cristo St, San Juan
The price is $189 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
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4 out of 5
100 Brumbaugh Street, San Juan
The price is $239 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
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Palacio Provincial
Palacio Provincial
3.5 out of 5
149 Calle San Francisco, Old San Juan, San Juan
The price is $197 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
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Decanter Hotel
Decanter Hotel
3 out of 5
106 Calle San José, Old San Juan, San Juan, PR
The price is $208 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
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Costa Bahia Hotel Paseo Caribe
3.5 out of 5
1 Calle San Gerónimo, San Juan, San Juan
The price is $180 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
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Villa Herencia Hotel
Villa Herencia Hotel
3.5 out of 5
23 Cll Caleta Las Monjas, San Juan
The price is $197 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
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