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The Most Popular Historic Site in Puerto Rico and One Not to be Missed

San Juan National Historic Site - El Morro

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Entering the gates of Castillo San Felipe del Morro is like walking 5 centuries into the past with an intriguing history, resplendent architecture, and breathtaking views.  El Morro is the most recognized landmark in Puerto Rico,  and one of the most beloved by families and romantics.  People from all over the world come to experience this world-class attraction that was declared a UNESCO site.  If you’re in San Juan for a day, El Moro is an attraction not to be missed.  If you’re vacationing with children in San Juan, they will love El Morro.

El Morro became the most successful defensive position in the New World.  It was never defeated by sea, and only fell once when it was taken by land in 1598.  Every visitor to Puerto Rico ought to put Castillo San Felipe del Morro at the top of must-visit places in Puerto Rico.

Not only did the Spaniards see San Juan, Puerto Rico as the most strategic location for defense, they had to consider the views and beauty of the island as a big plus when they were not fighting invaders…do you agree? 🙂  Just look at the gorgeous views.

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As you walk around, you’ll encounter Garitas, small enclosures where the Spaniards stood guard.  Garitas are loved by children and a popular spot for couples to get photographs.  A Garita is the most recognized and used symbol in Puerto Rico.

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Plaza de Armas – The Main Plaza

The plaza, completed in 1780, was a safe and well guarded place, and where most activities of daily life took place.  Rooms called casemates surround the plaza.  Among them was a kitchen, a chapel, barracks for soldiers, and officer quarters.  Today, you can walk in and see things pretty close to how they looked in the past.  There are a few exhibits that both adults and children will enjoy.

The Plaza at Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

There are so many beautiful places to walk around El Morro.  Each one has a rewarding, awe-inspiring view.

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This is not an attraction you see in a half hour.  Bring comfortable walking shoes, water, and wear sunscreen.  There are some steep steps from one level to the next, but individuals with a handicap can still enjoy many areas of the fort.

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The lawn that soldiers used to march on is now a very happy and lively place.  Before or after your tour of El Morro, be sure to do one of the most beloved activities by locals that tourists have also come to enjoy…flying a kite on the grounds of this magnificent place.  The constant trade winds provide the perfect conditions for the most fun you’ll ever have flying a kite.  During weekends, and especially the summer months, the laughter of children fills the space as they run and fly kites.  The laughter and happiness are contagious, and the energy of this place is beyond words.  You can find inexpensive kites at nearly every shop in Old San Juan and street vendors around El Morro.

Flying kites at El Morro, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Getting Here, Hours & Entry Fees

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If you don’t want to walk around Old San Juan, you can take the free trolley which stops at El Morro about every 5-10 minutes.

Address: 501 Norzagaray Street, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Phone: (787) 729-6754

– Hours: Open daily from 9:00am – 6:00pm

– Entry Fee:

  • Children 15 and under: Free
  • Adults 16 and older: $5
  • Annual Passes: San Juan National Historic Site $25
  • You’re welcome to explore the fort on your own or you can go on a ranger-guided program offered throughout the day.
  • The fort is six levels, some ramps and steps are steep, please wear comfortable shoes for an enjoyable visit.

  • Park movie is shown every 15 minutes.

  • Ranger guided tours offered throughout the day free of charge.  Park movie is shown every 15 minutes.

Map Location of El Morro

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Castillo San Felipe del Morro (El Morro), Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Castillo San Felipe del Morro (El Morro), Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 18.470935, -66.123506 Fort El Morro is at the west end of Calle Norzagaray (787) 729-6960(Directions)

Fun Fact of El Morro

Did you know that the first golf course in Puerto Rico was on the grounds around the walls of El Morro?  The US Military built a nine hole golf course during the 50’s, when it was closed the second golf course was built in the town of Dorado.

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Enjoy your visit to San Juan National Historic Site – El Morro

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