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El Morro (Fuerte San Felipe del Morro)

501 Norzagaray Street | San Juan 00901 | Official website
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  • Type: Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.6)
Value: 4.5 (4.5)
Facilities: 3.5 (3.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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El Morro juts out of San Juan harbor beckoning to cruise ships just as it used to deter sea attacks. The structure is a hulking six-story fortress built between 1539 and 1589, withstanding the two World Wars and several other scrimmages. Now, El Fuerto San Felipe del Morro is Puerto Rico's go-to tourist attraction, both for its extensive history and its outstanding vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. You can also walk though the fortress' depths, which include a maze of tunnels, barracks and prison cells.

You'll enjoy exploring more if you wear comfortable walking shoes, as the site is quite big. "It was a little difficult walking up and down soo [sic] many stairs but it was worth it," one TripAdvisor reviwer noted. Some travelers report that it can take up to three hours to explore the entire fort on foot.

El Morro is one of two forts inside the San Juan National Historic Site. Its sister, the Fort San Cristóbal, is one of the largest Spanish fortresses in the Western Hemisphere. Both forts are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m daily. Admission to the entire site is $5 USD for visitors 16 and older; or $3 USD to visit just one of the forts. For more information about visiting the San Juan National Historic Site, head to its official website.

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