Fuerte San Gerónimo

sights / Military

Lonely Planet review

This half-forgotten fort is situated at the east end of Puerta de Tierra and was completed in 1788 to guard the entrance to Laguna del Condado (Condado Lagoon). It was barely up and running in 1797 when the British came marching through on their way to San Juan and a short-lived occupation. Restored in 1983, San Gerónimo today is hemmed in by tall modern hotels, but is still worth a closer look. Entered via the walkway behind the Caribe Hilton, the interior of the fort is rarely open, though the exterior walls and ramparts are usually accessible and offer rather fetching views of Condado across the inlet.