Old San Juan Ghosts, Forts, and Cemetery Tour
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
The Woman Who Wasn’t There
In 2018, a tourist and some friends were visiting the Museo de las Américas in Old San Juan. During their visit the courtyard was closed, but the guard let them in to use the bathroom. The place was empty except for this small group of four. While the ladies in the group were using the facilities, one of them felt an abrupt temperature drop and sudden, gripping fear. Her friend didn’t understand why the witness was so upset since she felt nothing out of the ordinary. They quickly returned to their husbands who had asked the guard to take their picture in the beautiful courtyard. When the tourists arrived home and looked over their photos they were surprised to see someone else with them in the deserted courtyard. A mysterious woman was captured in the photo, appearing by the head of one of the men. A woman who wasn’t there, standing just outside of the bathroom door from which the woman had just come. Who is she?
On this 4-hour ghost walk you will see that courtyard, in addition to two haunted fortresses, an incredible cemetery, a miraculous chapel and much more…
- See the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Castillo San Felipe del Morro up close and in person (admission included with tour)
- Learn about the Devil’s Sentry Box and see the inside of Castillo de San Cristóbal
- Learn about the El Convento Hotel that has haunted guests for years
- See the most beautiful cemetery in the Caribbean, Cementerio Santa María Magdalena de Pazzi
- Be entertained by truly local stories of cursed stones, ghostly nurses, the Fountain of Youth, and the Bermuda Triangle.
Important booking information
- Some street parking is available but also there is a parking garage at 301 Calle Recinto Sur close to the meeting place.
- This tour runs in light rain, so please dress accordingly and wear comfortable shoes.
- The tour route is mostly wheelchair-accessible, just let us know if you plan on using one, so we can adjust the route appropriately for your comfort
- Because this is a limited capacity tour, all sales are final. But we will reschedule you if you have an emergency, we love ghosts, not monsters!
- Service animals are welcome but for liability issues, please leave your furry friends at home.
What You Can Expect
As the third oldest European established city in the New World, San Juan’s deep and rich history awaits. This history, however, is not for the faint of heart! Deep in old San Juan, lay stories of greed, murder, and star-crossed lovers. As a Paradise Ghost Walks tour, we look to these stories from history to inform us about reported paranormal activity and the culture of San Juan. Was Ponce de Leon really searching for the fountain of youth? Did he really haunt the island after his death, or was it a Taino chief wearing his armor? Does the Catedral de San Juan Bautista really have bone fragments of John the Baptist? These questions and more will be explored on this ghost tour of old San Juan!
Here is a sample itinerary of some of the places you visit.
Meet the Ghostly Mother Superior
The luxurious and famous El Convento Hotel was originally dedicated as a Carmelite Convent for nuns in 1651 as Doña Ana Lanzós was a wealthy widow whose soldier husband died defending Puerto Rico against the Dutch. Devastated, Doña Ana gave away all her worldly possessions and became a nun. She welcomed the nuns to make her house their home and she became the Mother Superior.
Guests report seeing Doña Ana or her nuns walking the halls of the convent. Or they may only hear the faint sounds of swishing robes rustling over the tile floors. Some guests have even reported being awakened by Doña Ana when they’ve overslept.
Meet the ghosts of Spanish soldiers
Castillo San Cristobal is the largest fort constructed by the Spanish in the Western hemisphere with a long fascinating history. One of the park rangers in San Cristobal tells a story of how she was approached by tourists saying how exciting it was that they had actors dressed up as medieval Spanish soldiers walking through the ancient tunnels of the fortress.
Only there were no actors dressed up at San Cristobal and there was no one in those tunnels, at least no one alive.
Discover the miracle of Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud
At the site of this beautiful tucked away chapel in old San Juan, the legend goes that a rider in the Eighteenth Century lost control of his horse and was plunging to his death when someone screamed to God to save him. He survived miraculously and authorities decided to build a chapel there to celebrate the divine intervention.
You will hear all about the truth behind the legend, and the believers who have brought their own offerings in hopes of healing themselves at this tiny chapel dedicated to the “Holy Christ of Health”.
What spirits might be seen at the amazing oceanside cemetery holding many Puerto Rican celebrities?
Cementerio Santa María Magdalena de Pazzi is called the most beautiful cemetery in the Caribbean and many of Puerto Rico’s most notable citizens are buried there, including an Academy Award winner.
Awe-inspiring statues and incredible crypts line the cemetery and provide a perfect spot for picture-taking in a one of a kind breathtaking setting.
San Juan Daytime Ghost Walk meeting location:
We meet at Plaza Colón (Columbus Plaza) by the statue of Christopher Columbus.
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