If walls could talk?! That's all that came to mind while I walked through this gorgeous fortress, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, named after King Phillip II from Spain. This gorgeous structure was built in the 1600's as a fort to protect sea borne enemies from entering the San Juan Bay. This is one of Puerto Rico's number one attraction points since 1983 when it was declared a World Heritage Site.
I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and remember coming here. It never gets old. Viejo San Juan is a gorgeous antique city. Everything from the buildings to the streets all have history and are all in tact just how they were built back in the 1600's. I can never go home and leave without walking the streets of Viejo San Juan.
I usually park on the main road that leads straight to El Morro. There's several museums at no cost that you can go to. Several with nothing more then just history and art. The whole city is an artistic, historical city. We walked down the sidewalk till we got to the huge empty field with just a pathway going down the middle of it taking us straight to the fortress. A lot of people come with their families here just to sit down and watch the sunset, fly kites, and drink piraguas or eat some delicious local ice cream. We decided to buy some piraguas or as it is known in the US, shaved ice. As you can see on the top right picture, my daughter is posing at the beginning of the pathway to El Morro with her strawberry piragua.
As we walked down the very long pathway, you can see the bay on your left side and the rest of the main island and on the right side you can see La Perla and the Atlantic Ocean. [Cool fact, Puerto Rico is split by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean.] We took several pictures on our way of both sides as well as the statues, buildings from a far, and of the outside of El Morro. This whole outside of the fortress is free but to go look inside the fortress it's $5 per adult but kids and military (with military ID) are free.
Once we were inside we headed to the left up the ramp to go to the top. Let me tell you that the view from up there is amazing. These pictures below don't do it justice. As we walked around the top level from one side of the fort to the other we saw the lighthouse along with all the tracks for the cannons. Just walking through each hallway, floor, room, I kept asking myself, "What if walls could talk? What story would they tell me? What awesome war stories were created here?" We then walked down a ramp that is next to the lighthouse and went to the main level in which we entered. From there we found two stair ways leading to the other levels down below.
Once we were on the main level again we decided to go down to the lower level which is split into two levels. It's like a level within a level. Here it was more of an open area for the soldiers of that time to walk around at and to stand guard. They had cannons, cannonballs, and other things but the best of all was the view looking out towards the ocean. There were other rooms as well in which the soldiers slept in, prisoners were kept, storage, and another room with another ramp going down to a room at a lower level. That room had a set of stairs going down to a way out to the front of El Morro (the front looking out to sea).
By the time we got to the lowest level we didn't have enough time to go to the outside of El Morro so we had to head back out before they closed. We did kind of start our trip a little later then expected but it was still worth it and tons of fun. It's an amazing experience. If you are ever in Puerto Rico I definitely recommend you visit here and all of Viejo San Juan. Just take a day or two to explore this beautiful city. Trust me that after your first day you may never want to leave. There are so many places here to visit besides El Morro such as La Fortaleza, Parque de Palomas, Museo del Ni~o, Castillo de San Cristobal, Paseo de la Princesa, and the list goes on. There's also tons of shops, art clubs, restaurants, bars, and much more. The night life is just as amazing. Below are some pictures of us at El Morro.
All photos are taken by me (Jessica Tejera) or my cousin Zabrina Soto.
Disclaimer: When visiting any tourist attraction or being out with nature make sure to always keep things clean or cleaner then what it was. Always dispose of your trash in the proper place. Mind your language when in family areas such as this as little ears catch everything they hear. iGracias!
This is in no way affiliated with El Morro or any tourist/travel agency. All words are my own as well as the experience.
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