With a history that dates 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 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.
Be ready to do lots of walking, especially up hills and down hills. Bring your kite if you have a child who might enjoy it. This is the most popular thing to do on the grounds of this fort. Great place to take some cool pictures! Nice and windy place!
Our December 2006 cruise arrived in Old San Juan at 11:00 am leaving plenty of time for walking through the town. A tourist should ONLY WALK through Old San Juan as it is an experience like no other. Take the kids they will get a history lesson on Spanish colonialism. The fort is managed by the US Dept. of Interiors( US park's system) so you can expect budget price admission and a free pamplet detailing the fort and San Juan's history. Save the pamplet because it is a mini history lesson. Another benefit to the fort is the ocean breezes as San Juan can be hot. I recommend heading first to the fort and then winding back to the cruise ship(dock) as the afternoon arrives. Old San Juan is one of the best preserved Spanish colonial cities in the Western Hemisphere so your walk will be breathtaking. Be sure and check out Hotel Convento- originally a convent now a luxury hotel. The courtyard might be delightful for a snack or drink. Or there's a Coca-cola machine across the street in front. Have fun!!
The price was excellent, the location of it (surounded by a beach, ice cream carts, and kite stores) was cute, and the history and overall experience was wonderful. I would definitely recomend it to everyone!!!
Everywhere that you look you see history. The scenic views are amazing. Very well priced, within walking distance from the cruise ship terminal. Dont miss it if your going to San Juan. My kids loved it too!
A walk in and around the El Morro is a must when visiting San Juan. I personally rather walking around the fort taking the beautiful vista rather than taking the tour of the fort. Go there on a Sunday and buy your self a kite and let the kid in you loose!
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