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“Well preserved and historical gem....”

San Juan National Historic Site
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El Morro Jetski Tour
Ranked #2 of 199 things to do in San Juan
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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.
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“Well preserved and historical gem....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

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!

Enjoy your experience!

Visited March 2013
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Montoursville, Pennsylvania
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“San Cristobal and El Morro tips”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

Spectacular views. Well worth the $5 to see both sites. If you're cruising in to San Juan, take the free green trolley from near the port to Castillo San Cristobal. There is a free white trolley between the castillos that will take you up to the door of El Morro. Don't plan for an easy trolley ride back on a cruise day, though. It was so crowded, we could not get back on, so we decided to walk and shop our way back to the port.

Visited May 2013
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“worth it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

I don't have 50 characters for this review. All I can say is it's a national park, it's well maintained, it's interesting and educational. When we went it was 90 degrees and brutal. Bring a hat and water. Take advantage of the free trolly.

Visited May 2013
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Maitland, Florida
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“Awesome views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

This is a great place to take photos and capture history! An awesome experience for families/those traveling with children.

Visited May 2013
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New York City, New York
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“great view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

great place for pictures so many great views you cant miss the forts really amazing pictures the town its very nice you will love the view believe me its worth the experience make sure to take alot of water it really can get very very hot.

Visited November 2012
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