Morro san felipe puerto rico: Exploring Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Old San Juan

Castillo de San Felipe del Morro in San Juan — Attraction

At the end of Calle Norzagaray

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Daily 9am–6pm
Bus: Old San Juan Trolley
Admission $5 adults (16 and older), free for children 15 and under. Parking $2 hourly
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Castillo de San Felipe del Morro

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s

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Called “El Morro,” this fort stands on a rocky promontory dominating the entrance to San Juan Bay. Constructed in 1540, the original fort was a round tower, which can still be seen deep inside the lower levels of the castle. More walls and cannon-firing positions were added, and by 1787, the fortification attained the complex design you see today. Both the English and the Dutch attacked this fortress repeatedly.

The U.S. National Park Service protects the fortifications of Old San Juan, which, together, have been declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. With some of the most dramatic views in the Caribbean, you’ll find El Morro an intriguing labyrinth of dungeons, barracks, vaults, lookouts, and ramps. Historical and background information is provided in a video in both English and Spanish. The nearest parking is the underground facility beneath the Quincentennial Plaza at the Ballajá barracks (Cuartel de Ballajá) on Calle Norzagaray. Park rangers lead hour-long tours for free, although you can also visit on your own.

El Morro, along with Fort San Cristóbal (see below), forms the San Juan National Historic Site. Ancient underground tunnels originally connected the forts, but today two modern trolleys ferry visitors back and forth. The walk, however, is beautiful along the oceanfront Calle Norzagary. A museum at El Morro provides a history of the fort through exhibits of historic photographs and artifacts, written orientations, and a video presentation. A guided tour is offered hourly, but informational brochures allow you to walk around on your own while learning the story. There’s also a gift shop. Make sure to walk out on the northernmost point, a narrow wedge overlooking the waves crashing into the rocky coast. The promenade circling the base of the fort is also worth exploring. The grounds of El Morro are a great spot to fly a kite, and families and children are out every weekend doing so. An annual kite festival is also held every March. You can buy a kite at stands right in front of the fort, or at Puerto Rico Drug or Walgreens on Plaza Colón.

— John Marino

At the end of Calle Norzagaray San Juan

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An iconic lookout since the 16th century.


What makes this place such an icon?
Castillo San Felipe del Morro is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Puerto Rico—the iconic lookout is even on the island’s license plate. The fortification dates back to the 16th century, during Spanish rule.
What do you feel being there?
Spirit-lifting awe.
Will we need a guide to get around?
There are no guides staffed here, but you can hire a tour guide that covers Old San Juan at large, including the fort.
Who tends to come here?
El Morro is a huge tourist attraction, but some local families also come to hang out and fly kites at the park.
Any standout moments?
Walk down the sidewalk underneath El Morro—you’ll be in for an unusual perspective.

Location Map


501 Calle Norzagaray

San Juan,


Puerto Rico

(787) 729-6777



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