El Morro

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by books on December 27, 2002

Fuerte San Felipe del Morro was the guardian of the Spanish Main. It rises dramatically from the Atlantic Ocean and San Juan Bay. The U.S., Puerto Rico, and Spanish military flags fly from its walls. It is more striking than Fort San Cristobal.

The fort is a national historic site and is operated by the National Park Service. There is a small admission fee which also allows you to visit Fort San Cristobal on the same day.

There are six levels of batteries which are all connected by ramps and stairways. You can explore as many levels as you have energy to climb. Numerous cannon and guard towers adorn each level. The old tunnels and passageways have been blocked off to visitors. There are beautiful harbor views.

A museum houses 16th- and 17th-century armor and weapons with various audiovisual exhibits. The chapel is open to visitors. A small gift shop sells bottled water. There are also drinking fountains and restrooms.

We were at the gate when they opened in the morning at 9AM. It quickly became very hot in the July sunshine.

El Morro/Castillo de San Felipe del Morro
On San Juan Bay Calle Norzagaray
San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00901
(787) 729 6960


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