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“Well worth the time - a must see”

San Juan National Historic Site
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Walking Tour of Old San Juan
Ranked #2 of 201 things to do in San Juan
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Constructed to defend the San Juan coastline during the 17th and 18th centuries, this dramatic fortress rises 140 feet above the sea on a rocky promontory, and is composed of six huge levels of ramps, barracks, dungeons, turrets, towers and tunnels.
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Well worth the time - a must see”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

El Morro is very picturesque and in excellent condition. Entrance is only $3 - but for $5 you can also visit San Christobel fortress, also in Old San Juan. You should plan to spend 1-2 hours visiting El Morro which is on five levels, with more than one way to access each level, some inside and some outside. There are lots of interesting well laid out displays.

The free tourist trolley pulls up right to the front entrance which handy.

The reason I did not rate this a "5" is the lack of guided tours (except one on Saturdays), no available audio self guided tours, and the water in the fountains has a really nasty taste.

Just outside the fortress on the sea side is an interesting cemetery, which is also worth a visit (about 30 minutes)

Visited February 2013
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West Chester, Ohio
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“Great views, fascinating glimpse of history, fantastic value.”
Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

We visited as part of a cruise. It is a pleasant walk through the cobblestone streets if old San Juan. Once there - El Morro reveals fantastic vistas and a great opportunity to step back in time.

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Ames, Iowa
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“The grounds are beautiful”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

We didn't go into El Morro, but walked around outside. The lawn is wide-spread and well maintained. We walked along the wall and peaked into the Cemetery. Very cool. Next time I would like to go in.

Visited January 2013
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“el morro”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Fort that was easy to walk around. No guide needed. If you go to either El Morro or San Cristobal, pay for both at one. It is cheaper that way

Visited February 2013
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New City, New York, USA
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“Enjoyable day”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

We arrived at the port in San Juan on Explorer of the Sea and decided to visit El Morro on our own. The weather was pleasant so we walked, rather than take the free bus which was overloaded. Since it was a Sunday there was an open air market on our way, lovely walled neighborhood and many kite flyers in front. We remembered to bring our National Senior Park pass so entrance was free and we got our park pass book stamped. They are in the process of fixing the inside of El Morro with more display rooms. The view from the restrooms is worthy of pictures. We enjoyed the info film, just needed to wait for the English version.
On the way back we went directly to Old Town. Loved that the Coach outlet store was having a 50%+ extra 30% off on some pocketbooks. What a treat! That was my bargain this cruise!
Then returned to ship after exploring a little more. Much better than a ship excursion.

Visited January 2013
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