Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Castillo San Felipe del Morro
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • salchow88
    Queens, New York59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See, Especially For History Buffa
    There is a long walk to the actual fortress. If you can handle it, go for it! Visited on my final full day in Puerto Rico. My husband is from PR, and he really wanted me to see it. It is well worth the visit. The views are spectacular, and the history itself is amazing. They have a small gift shop, and they do have bathrooms. It sounds strange, but my sister in law insisted I go into the bathroom. The view from there is breathtaking! It is $10 to enter, and it also includes the other fortress, San Cristobal, which is down the road a bit. It is a bit smaller than El Morro. Oh, and from El Morro you can see the Bacardi rum distillery!
    Visited July 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 5, 2023
  • wirttravelers
    550 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do in San Juan
    If you have only have time to visit one of the forts, I recommend this one. (Although, your admission price gets you into both, so why not do both). This fort is huge, historic, and interesting. You get views of the coast and old San Juan and there are lots of iguanas hanging around. Keep in mind, that the fort is on a number of levels and you will have to do some stairs to see the lower levels. If you have a US National Park pass, you can use it to get into the forts.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 1, 2023
  • laura c
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a beautiful fort!
    Inexpensive at $10 per person; free with military ID. Amazing breeze! Tons of interesting history about this place! Great opportunity for breath taking photos! Bring a kite and fly it on the hill with the Atlantic ocean breeze!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 9, 2023
  • 53businesstraveler69
    Savannah, Georgia369 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great castle grounds to walk
    This is a really great castle/fortress to tour. You can easily spend half a day reading the history on it alone. It took over 200 years to complete, and once completed 2 and a half centuries ago it was used to defend the most popular harbor in the Caribbean. It proved to be successful when defending invasions from the English and the Dutch and in 1949 the site was declared a national park then declared a world heritage site in 1983. It's a must see and a great walk to tire those kids on.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 17, 2023
  • GeneralShamu
    New York City, New York1,136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Midday Visit
    Came here after visiting Castillo San Cristóbal as the ticket is valid for both over a two-day consecutive window. Great to visit but a few things to note: Restrooms are port-a-potties OUTSIDE b/c they are renovating the restrooms inside (as of early Dec 2023) The lower sections are NOT stroller/wheelchair friendly. There are only stairs so many will be limited in what they can see.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 26, 2023
  • Bill K
    Cleveland, Ohio319 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Layout
    This attraction costs $10 and you must use a credit card. It offers magnificent views and a very interesting design of a former military outpost. There are a lot of steps so remember whatever you go down, you have to come back up.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 31, 2023
  • MstqMI
    1,296 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Used Senior National Park pass
    Since this is a national historical site, I was able to use my senior national park pass for myself and my daughter to enter. There's a long drive way to get to the entrance and it's very large with steps, etc. But it's interesting and historical, I'm glad we visited it.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 23, 2024
  • Kate N
    Worcester, Massachusetts25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible piece of San Juan history
    This is definitely a must visit if going to San Juan. The fort itself is massive, and you could spend hours exploring all the different parts. There are a lot of steps and a lot of walking, so anyone considering going should keep that in mind. It offers educational materials as well as beautiful spots for photos. Park staff were very friendly as well.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 4, 2024
  • Denise G
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely castle and fort with a view
    As you the approach the Castillo de San Felipe, the fort looks impressive and the grounds are beautifully kept. With the light breeze from the sea, some were flying kites that can be purchased along the way. Once at castle, it was great to read the history about how the fort was initially built by Spaniards to protect the entry way and further enhanced during WW II. The ticket purchased also includes entry to Castillo San Cristóbal. Would go to both if possible and then walk through Old San Juan for shops, bars and restaurants.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 13, 2024
  • 23rita
    Davie, Florida557 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical Site!!!
    This is such an important historical site in Old San Juan. On the ground level in many rooms, you will see displays of historical information. There is one tunnel below the entry level.....just be aware, there are no stair rails. Views of the ocean, exterior of the fort, the grounds, the lighthouse, chapel and casemates inside provide great photo ops! Construction by African slave labor of this 6 level fort began in 1539 and was completed in 1787. During WW II, the U.S. government added an artillery fire control station. El Morro suffered attacks from the English in 1595 and 1598 and the Dutch in 1625. During the Spanish American War, U.S. Navy ships fired upon the fort, destroying the lighthouse which was later restored. Be sure to wear very sturdy and comfortable shoes, wear a sun hat and take water. The gift shop does sell water at $3.50 a bottle. Admission is free with purchase of a ticket within 48 hours at Castillo San Cristobal and vice versa. Hours are from 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 7 days a week. Enjoy!!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 20, 2024
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Kelli
Keller, TX1,248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
We came on a day when they were waiving the admission fee, but normally is $10 to enter. The restrooms inside are clean and probably the best you’ll find in Old San Juan so go ahead and stop while you’re here. The views are breathtaking and there’s so much to see and learn. To see the entire fort requires use of steep ramps and stairs, so not great for people with mobility issues. My 9 year old son thought it was the coolest place he’d ever been!
Written March 24, 2020
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rduinc
Annapolis, MD2,148 contributions
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Mar 2020
When you see this fortress up close it's really hard to imagine how much labor was involved in building this magnificent structure. It's huge, it's solid, and it's been around for 500 years. It's part of the national park service and there's an $8 charge to get in but that also includes admission to Castillo de San Cristobal. It's enjoyable to walk around and see all the different spaces, different levels, and different ways the fort was used to defend the city. Right next to the fortress there is a walk path at waters edge that takes you to San Cristobal but is very hard to figure out how to get to it. If you do want to go on that walkway, look for an access point to the far right of the main entrance (as you enter). If it's a warm day, bring water as the fort is at the western edge of the city and can be a challenging walk particularly with all the hills.
Written March 14, 2020
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Mark
Stoke-on-Trent, UK74 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
Beautiful location, amazing grassed area leading to the fort where locals go to fly kites. The view is fantastic. Inside the fort there are staffs and information boards explaining the geographical and historical importance of the place. The $10 entrance fee was well worth it
Written February 18, 2020
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Sylvia DrSoul Fernandez
San Juan, Puerto Rico12,278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Friends
The fort is amazing, for me it’s a must see if you visit Puerto Rico. A bit tricky for people on wheelchairs in some parts, but ok overall if traveling with someone that can move you around (strong 😬). There is another fort about 15-20 minutes walking distance, also in Old San Juan and the ticket works for both forts if used in a two day period. I believe it’s still $10 per ticket. Tours are nice and recommended if you want to learn details about the forts. Amazing spots for pictures of the ocean and for portraits!

Even thought the Fort itself closes early, the sunset can be soaked up from the outside of the fort and many locals do! Also flying a kite outside of the fort on the grounds is free and one local fun day for kids and grownups!
Written June 22, 2020
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Shuba S
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We decided to do the Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo de San Cristobal on the same day. They are close to each other and we walked from one to the other. The entrance ticket is $9 per adult but it gets you entry to both forts. the El Morro fort is the more spectacular one, in my opinion. It is an absolute must do.

Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, sun screen and a cap. I would advise against wearing dresses since it does get quite windy. There is a drinking fountain and restrooms inside so drink lots of water and avoid dying of dehydration.We spent about 2 hours there.

A beautiful fort with lots of history behind it.
Written January 8, 2020
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KateJ
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Being able to tour a fort in the middle of a city is exotic for this small-town girl. I loved it so much. There are two forts in Old San Juan, and for $10.00 you get to visit both--or they're free if you have a National Parks card. Great views of the ocean and the city, with interesting history posted on the main level. Totally worth visiting!
Written March 2, 2020
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EJW3
Southold, NY722 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
The Castillo San Felipe del Morro is a historic fort and an iconic sight in old San Juan. We found it to be very interesting and historic and the views of the ocean, the bay, and the city are amazing. The fort is a National Historic Site operated by the National Park Service and the entrance fee for adults is $10, which includes access to both Castillo San Felipe and nearby Castillo San Cristobal for 24 hours.
Written March 31, 2021
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Vidalu
Cedar Rapids, IA192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
del morro and san cristobal are absolutely beautiful pieces of construction. A half day can easily be spent (approx 2-3 hours) walking around the castle. there is a large grassy area beside del morro where lots of tourist fly kites in the afternoon/evening . lovely place to sit for a while. on a hot day it is much better to go at 3 pm till closing time 6 pm.
the trolley system in old san juan is currently down. you can either uber to this location or drive to the nearest parking lot. there are 3 or 4 parking complexes in the old san juan area. check the map given by your hotel/resort or google/apple maps for the nearest one. you cannot parallel park on the road. it is for residents. very narrow roads. you can walk from san cristobal to del morro but be aware it is not a short walk.

entry fee - 7 $. can be used within 24 hours at san cristobal so keep the receipt,
Written January 2, 2020
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Cameron M
Mobile, AL728 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This National Park site checks a lot of boxes. History, nature, views, indoors, outdoors, architecture, and proximity to other attractions.
We walked in by the back door, from the shoreline walkway Paseo del Morro, also called La Muralla. From there you can clamber over much of the external walls, moats and the expansive grass slopes, all outside the NP pay gate.
We got in with our interagency annual pass.
The bathrooms are interesting as well as functional: they're integrated into large chambers within the walls, with a big window with a spectacular view.
There is A LOT of ground to cover. The views from the top ramparts are spectacular. The structure itself is huge and impressive. As others have mentioned, it's so big we found ourselves alone several times. That said, there were no cruise ships in port that day, thankfully. I can image another day with 2 or 3 boats in port then with place could be crowded.
There is plenty of signs explaining rooms and area, and some static displays that could keep a history buff occupied for a few hours.
The lower levels are worth exploring as well - the stairs seem to turn some folks away so there are more nooks to explore without other people in your pictures.
Written March 7, 2020
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lockandgo
Armstrong, Canada439 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
When in San Juan Puerto Rico, you must take some time to visit one or both of these Fortress. It is walkable from the cruise terminal. Did not feel unsafe at any time. It cost $10.00 US per person and gave you access to both forts. Allow about 2 hours to view both.
Written February 18, 2020
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