Castillo San Felipe del Morro

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Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Castillo San Felipe del Morro
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
An esplanade greets you as you walk towards the Fort San Felipe del Morro. Surrounded by grassy hills, the stone castle rises majestically from the headland. And while El Morro may be an impressive sight from land, it is a terrifying experience to encounter it head on by sea. And for many attackers, it was the very last thing they saw. This fortress has seen many battles over the centuries, from Sir Francis Drake's attack in 1595 to the 1898 Bombardment of San Juan by the US Navy. In 1539 King Charles I ordered the construction of San Felipe del Morro and other fortifications on the islet of San Juan. Over the years, Spanish, Italian, Irish and American engineers perfected San Juan's defense system, of which el Morro was an essential part. After crossing the stone bridge over the dry moat, you'll walk right into a spacious courtyard that harbor leads you into the castle's more "domestic" areas, such as the kitchen and the chapel. Nevertheless, this is just one of the six levels that form el Morro. On the upper level, you'll find the lighthouse that was restored by the American Coast Guard in 1908. One of the greatest things about this vantage point is that you can see most of San Juan and the bay across from it. Park rangers will guide you throughout the massive fortification, which still houses original cannons, ammunition, and many other objects used by the Spanish militia in Puerto Rico. El Morro was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983, and is currently under the administration of the National Park Service.
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2-3 hours
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Anthony J
Largo48 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Couples
Great historical fort on San Juan. Beautiful views of the water and a real sense of history. A lot of walking and not much shade to be found. Other than that, definitely worth the trip and a must do while in San Juan.
Written 16 January 2022
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Fish_Search_NYC
New York City, NY83 contributions
Jan. 2022
This is not a castle, it is a military fort. The best part is the incredible views of the coastline and harbor entrance.
The windswept great lawn out front is perfect for flying kites.
Written 10 January 2022
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Vacation Traveler
Memphis, TN34 contributions
Dec. 2021
This attraction is easy to get to and it has beautiful views all around. Do not miss this historic place.
Written 6 January 2022
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EvanGuthrie
Charleston, SC7,650 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Couples
Castillo San Felipe del Morro in San Juan is a beautiful and historic fort and castle that is well worth a trip to explore and climb all over. I really like the views of the water and everything that you can see from here. It gets your imagination going seeing everything and being transported back through history. I have enjoyed every visit here and have seen many new things each time.
Written 28 December 2021
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shelly p
Chesapeake, VA97 contributions
Dec. 2021
A definite must see. The history is amazing, the architecture is beautiful, the view is incredible. This is a good site to visit as a couple, family or even friends. Make sure to read the history as you go along. We visited during covid restrictions and still saw so much. Dont miss out on this.
Written 20 December 2021
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J S
Palm Springs, CA407 contributions
Nov. 2021
Interesting historical site. Lots to see, great views all around. Wear comfortable shoes. Great place to see the history of the region.
Written 3 December 2021
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Famontherun
Bel Air, Md748 contributions
Dec. 2021
We walked around the fort for about 1 1/2 hrs. There is a lot of history (and inclines and steps) with the best breathtaking views! There are restrooms (ladies, do check out one of the best view from the restroom, really!) and a gift shop that has drinks. Entrance was 10 per adult, but free with a National Park Pass. We parked in Ballaja parking garage which is pretty close and a good jumping off point to explore the rest of the city. There were vendors around the fort selling drinks and snow cones.
Written 1 December 2021
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Brad A
12 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Couples
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed touring this fort. The history is interesting to learn about. The fort has many levels with alot to see and read about. The best part was seeing the view from the top - great views of San Juan and the ocean.
Written 30 November 2021
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Brian P
New York City, NY122 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Family
This place was amazing so historic and it was free on veterans day we I went. So much to see and learn about PR. There is a lot of walking involved so wear proper attire. The surrounding is just beautiful views after views.
Written 14 November 2021
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC22,082 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Solo
This Adele was much larger than I anticipated, but many areas are inaccessible. The real highlight is the few from all levels that you get of the crashing waves against the headland (that’s what el Morro means). The park service has done an amazing job of putting signs up and were happy to answer questions and give directions. I really loved the walkway around the exterior right down at the water level, great photo ops all along there.
Written 10 November 2021
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