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.
visited El Morro on a trip to San Juan ,it was my best experience on a vacation to date,
I cant stop thinking about the history of it,
we arrived right when they opened at 10 am, after about 2 hours of checking it out we
exited the fort only to find hundreds of kites being flown in the air, hundreds of
people in the grass area outside the fort, this experience again was unbelivable
WONDERFUL! We visited Ft. Cristobol first and paid an entry fee which included visiting El Morro, too. My elderly mother was with us. We'd rented a wheelchair for our time in Old San Juan. Her entry fee was "waived" as a "handicapped" individual AND so was one other adult's ticket fee as her "companion".
Park Service people were VERY helpful and knowledgeable. Don't miss these TWO forts!
I would only recommend to visit El Morro if you stay longer than 2 days because Old San Juan and El Yunque are much better IMO. It had a great view of the ocean and was very pretty but wasn't worth the time. I don't recommend this to older people because you have to do a lot of walking.
I thought this place was amazing. It was well staffed and that made it a very nice experience. I think this could be for family's who have just gotten off of cruises. I also think young couples would enjoy this together. I think you shouldn't visit during the holidays because it is very packed go at another time.
El Morro is one of the very many places in Puerto Rico I visit with my husband when we go there on a yearly basis. This old Spanish fortress is a must for either history buffs or any romantic that visits. The landscapes that surround the fortress are perfect for photographs and if you just want to have a picnic on any given day, the beautifully green grass is a perfect setting that will give you an awesome view of the ocean. The fortress is run by the NPS, so it is kept very well and is labled only in English to my recollection. It has a gift store and is very close by parking and down town walking distance from all of the Old San Juan shops and sights.
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