on April 28, 2009
El Morro guards the entrance to San Juan harbor. The imposing stone fort was begun in the 1500s and was used as a military post up through WW II. You're free to wander around the forts multiple levels and take in the gorgeous views of the sea from just about anywhere within the structure. The bathrooms here probably have the most stunning views of anywhere in the US National Park system.We didn't have a guided tour, but the leaflet you get with your admission does a nice job of explaining the function of various rooms and giving a little historical background. We enjoyed exploring the whole structure, marveling at the thickness of the walls.El Morro is at the far west end of Old San Juan. It's impossible to miss it. Images of the sentry towers adorn the Puerto Rican auto license plates. It is served by the Old San Juan free trolley system, but good luck getting a seat on one of those. They fill up pretty fast.A scenic walkway goes around the exterior of El Morro along the ocean. But you can't gain access to that path from within El Morro, you have to start on one side or the other of the fort.
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