El Morro (Fuerte San Felipe del Morro)

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El Morro (Fuerte San Felipe del Morro)
El Morro (Fuerte San Felipe del Morro)
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Key Info

501 Norzagaray Street

Price & Hours

$5 for adults
9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily

Details

Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.6scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

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. 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 $7 for visitors 16 and older. For more information about visiting the San Juan National Historic Site, head to its official website.

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