With a history that dates back 500 years, this stone structure truly deserves its place of honor in the National Historic ... More
Castillo San Felipe del Morro
With a history that dates back 500 years, this stone structure truly deserves its place of honor in the National Historic Register. The English and the Dutch attacked El Morro or Castillo San Felipe del Morro repeatedly in its time. Located on the San Juan Bay, the six-story fort was originally constructed in 1540, although its exterior walls were not erected for another 200 years. Inside the walls is a veritable labyrinth of chambers, barracks, hallways and prison cells. The fort was given a complete facelift in 1992.
I like everything. May be it is because I'm from Puerto rico, but seiously,the place is beautifull, you get tto do sooo many things with your family. It's a great place to relax, enjoy the views and so versatile that you can enjoy it in the day with your family and kids, as well as with your sweetheart. Also a great place to go year-round.
I love the history behind all of it and the place is just fascinating. A must see if you're in Puerto Rico. The people are friendly and bring a kite because there is a huge fiels were people bring their kites to and have fun.
I have to admit I enjoyed visiting El Morro Fortress recently. The folks from the National Park Service take the time to explain the different parts of the structure and history. If you'd rather visit on your own, there is a shop (in the premise) for you to purchase souvenirs and booklets with information. But if you have the time, enjoy the walk, it's great exercise. It's made up of six levels. Bring some bottled water, since the humidity can be high. It rains on-and-off during the day and when you least expect it.
It has a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean especially during the sunset hours. This is a great time for picture taking. It's a fantastic place for kite flying and have a picnic on the outside lawn surrounding the fortress (on a breezy day). It's a short and easy walk into Old San Juan. The streets are narrow so be prepared to take a somewhat slow ride to get around. There are some great restaurants in the Old San Juan area and only a few streets away from El Morro.
So remember to pack some suncreen, wear a hat, bottled water, and walking shoes. It's a great experience!
After visiting I can certainly understand how some of the most famous composers of the island, to include Rafael Hernandez,came up with inspirational lyrics regarding the island and its beauty.
It is not only El Morro, But also the other many beautiful places to see in the Island of the Coquí.Like La Guancha, El Castillo Serralles, El Parque Ceremonial Indijena located in Tibes. And my mayor admiration the huge letters in the entrance of Ponce that spelled the name of that city... My city. Oh and don't forget to go visit La Plaza de las Delicias and ElParque de Boberos at night. Or during the day you can take a troly and enjoy the whole city historic places.
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LOVE ALL PUERTO RICO. LOVES ALL PUERTO RICO AROUND THE ISLAND. WHEN TO ARECIBO,BARCELONETA,MANATI.FLORIDAD,CIALES,PONCE,SALINAS TO AGUIRRE,AND MANY LITTLE TOWNS IN ALL PUERTO RICO. LOVE THE ISLAND WILL RETURN THEIR AND SAN JUAN.