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Castillo San Felipe del Morro Lighthouse, also known as Faro de Morro Port San Juan Light by the National Register of Historic Places and colloquially Faro del Castillo del Morro and Puerto San Juan Light, is a lighthouse atop the walls of Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Old San Juan. It's the first lighthouse built in Puerto Rico.
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Few places evoke as much history as the old forts around Puerto Rico. This location is amazing. You can walk into the Fort area directly from Old San Juan. This location is home to The Cats of Puerto Rico. Walking the shoreline path beneath the wall you get to see all the cats. There are local volunteer organizations who have taken on the task of caring for the cats. They are caught, vaccinated, and cared after. I recommend to everyone that they make time to wander through and around the fort
This part of Old San Juan is a must see for anyone who hasn't been here. See the solid, well preserved centuries old fortress and the areas nearby. A word of advice though. There is always a traffic grid lock on this part of Old San Juan. Traffic here during work days and traffic here from tourists on weekends. When you arrived at the park area, you could be driving around for some time looking for a spot to park on the street. But there is an underground parking structure. Not sure if it's free or not. The fortress closes at 6:00 PM. I suggest that you allocate an hour for inside. Have fun.
Tours are offered and I personally recommend one. There is so much history and so many cool facts to be known about this amazing place. Especially the History behind La Perla ( a notorious nearby area) and so many other cool facts. If you can bring a Kite as this area is the one of the best places to fly a kite. Enjoy!!
As you walk in you feel like you step back in time. It has been very well kept and the rangers do a great job in keeping order. By far, my fav historical place.
Do yourself a favour, and check out this slice of history. We spent a couple hours here enjoying the history and the views. Lots of tourists but not too crowded. Fair admission price, friendly employees.
This graveyard is in the valley next to the big fort in San Juan. It is not to be missed. There are so many beautiful grave markers that show the passing of time. I took lots and lots of pictures to share because they are both fascinating and lovely. They stand next to the ocean with little to protect them from the elements, and the weathering and patina you encounter on them is incredible. If you are visiting the fort, take a little time for the walk down to the valley next to it and see the graveyard. I found it way more interesting than the fort. There are markers that are huge and others that are mere crypts or shelves, some are collapsing under their own weight. Many of withstanding the ravages of barbarous force brought on by the sea, the weather, and people visiting.
This place was awesome! It was great to see the history and literally go back 400 years. The park service takes pretty good care of the fort and it doesn't look a day over 1780. If you go, definitely take the time to walk over the entire fort and grounds. And if you fly a kite, please throw it away and don't leave it so it gets blown into the ocean.
The centerpiece of Old San Juan. Castillo San Felipe del Morro offers visitors an introduction to Puerto Rico's history. El Morro was built over a 400 year span. This fortification is a National Historic/Heritage site. El Morro served Spain's Empire, United States armed forces. A true wonder. Allocate time so as to be able to fully appreciate this marvelous gem.
Great spot to see some history. The view is amazing. You can't help being stunned by how much work it had to take building this fortress during colonial times.
It is an extraordinary place full of lots of history. I visit the parks twice a month and every time I learn something new. You can close your eyes and actually she and feel what happened there. The staff is excellent and they are full knowledge. Fantastic place to visit but the only problem is you won't want to leave and did I mention the view it's breathe taking. Puerto Rico is blessed to have a Natural Historic Park like this. I DEFINITELY FOUND MY PARK!
Beautiful history of how the island came to be. If you go on a holiday it's usually free. We went on Veterans Day. The views from the towers are beautiful and picturesque. Wear comfortable tennis shoes so some areas get wet from the rain (it is a tropical island) and the ground becomes slippery. There's tour guides that will take you to different sections and give you the history of the fort, battles, a day in the life of a soldier back then, etc. This was my second time going and I enjoyed it as much as the first time. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is visiting the island or locals.
Great place to visit! A lot of history here. You will get me ch more in touch with the history of Europe first discovering the Americas. Also, call me dense, but i didn’t realize this was a US national park until we entered. If you a park pass it works here. And everything you have come to respect about the national park system is in place. Well kept grounds, great historical information, clean facilities and helpful staff!
Fantastic history. Definitely get a tour guide or you won’t appreciate it and it will be just another fort. It is well marked and curated if you do it on your own. Amazing view of the ocean, the cemetery and the old town. We took a Segway tour to it which was great. Cost to get in but can spend some time exploring. Small gift shop and restrooms available.
We went during the week day and we basically had the place to ourselves! The guides gave us maps and tips on the best way to tour the facility. It was pretty clean with several restrooms inside and we really enjoyed ourselves. Some levels are hard to access with climbing up lots of steps which are not wheelchair accessible.
I had so much fun here! My friends and I visited with the intent to pay the entry fee for whatever was inside but found that we had a good enough experience just roaming around the outskirts! Tons to see, many great photo opportunities, plenty of signs explaining historical significance, AND if you go around the back to the ocean side, you'll be greeted by the HUNDREDS of cats that live on that side of the castle. So cute! Also saw a few iguanas too! Super cool landmark!
It is an extraordinary place full of lots of history. I visit the parks twice a month and every time I learn something new. You can close your eyes and actually she and feel what happened there. The staff is excellent and they are full of knowledge. Fantastic place to visit but the only problem is you won't want to leave and did I mention the view it's breathe taking. Puerto Rico is blessed to have a Natural Historic Park like this. I DEFINITELY FOUND MY PARK!
Fantastic fort. Very well kept and laid out. Lots of information provided as you walk freely around the grounds. I've been to many historic forts and castles and this is one of the best. It's a must if visiting San Juan!
Although it was raining on the day we visited this historical site, we still had an amazing experience. It was truly like walking 5 centuries into the past. The admission fee was only $7 and was good for a whole 24 hours, so we could have came back the following day if we wanted to. I highly recommend visiting Castillo San Felipe del Morro for anyone with plans to travel to Puerto Rico.
Great place to visit! A lot of history here. You will get much more in touch with the history of Europe first discovering the Americas. Also, call me dense, but i didn’t realize this was a US national park until we entered. If you a park pass it works here. And everything you have come to respect about the national park system is in place. Well kept grounds, great historical information, clean facilities and helpful staff!
Fantastic Fort! Lots of cool views and the lighthouse is really neat. Admission is good for this fort and San Cristobal. Similar aspects between the two, but definitely a different experience. If you go on Sundays, buy a kite from the lady there and join everyone flying them on the huge grassy area out in front of the fort!
Visiting San Juan Puerto Rico and took in a visit to the old fort. It is a sight to see. It costs $7 to enter and walk around the fort to all levels. Some areas are steep and may be limited to those with health or disabilities. We parked in old San Juan and walked our way to the fort. It took us some time and we stopped and looked at the architecture of some of the buildings and as we made our way up to the fort and the cemetary it was a good 30 minutes. The views are amazing and breathtaking. We even came across some iguanas. Very historical site and the money paid goes to maintaining it. Well worth the money.