If you think you have seen one too many Forts in San Juan then you will be missing a very well preserved and historical gem like ‘el Moro'. Sitting on a promontory on the North Western point it was built to defend this Spanish enclave and harbour from pirates and other invading nations.The views to the sea on one side, the grounds on the other, the Colonial Cemetery and parts of the Old Town are just stunning.
The beautiful walk to the Fort along the entryway path is surrounded by open grounds (field of fire) on both sides each disappearing into the sea.The impressive stone entry gate passes into a typical Spanish fortification, which has a dry moat, walls metres thick with an intricate system of rooms, tunnels, interesting displays, canons, a beautiful lighthouse and the signature ‘garitas’ that jut out of the rampart wall in strategic locations.
We try to visit UNESCO sites in the country we visit as they have such historical importance and many intriguing stories to impart.The NPS of America is maintaining and operating this site and is it a ‘must’ visit and well worth the effort even on warm days. Open 9:00am to 6:00pm everyday except some holidays, $3.00 USD p/p - valid 24 hrs or a $5.00 combined ticket for Castillo San Cristobal – valid 7 days. Bring some water - the heat can be oppressive out here.
Our America the Beautiful pass was valid for both Forts and is a useful way to save time and some cash over a year. It does shut at 600pm sharp and if you have gone down the steep rampart to see one part of the Fort then a Ranger will start herding you back up around 545pm. There is no lighting here so safety is immensely important for visitors.
We loved every minute here!
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