In colonial days Puerto Rico was known as “the key to the Caribbean,” and what is a key without it’s lock?
Bring your hat, water bottle and walking shoes on this expertly guided tour of Castillo San Felipe del Morro and learn how and why this fort was critical to Spain’s success in the region.
We meet right outside El Convento Hotel so you’ll learn about Old San Juan’s oldest sections as you make your way with our bilingual tour guide to El Morro. The fort sits atop a high promontory overlooking San Juan Bay’s entrance. It was used not only by the Spanish in colonial times, but by the United States military in WWII.
This walking tour unravels several decades of history – from pirate times and dungeons to modern mid century American “Fort Brooke” which housed a swimming pool and movie cinema for the troops. Perfect for all ages, this history walking tour will explore landmarks such as La Rogativa, the oldest square in Old San Juan, El Convento which is a former convent, briefly touch upon La Catedral de San Juan Bautista – Old San Juan’s venerated cathedral is Puerto Rico’s grandest religious building, and of course the city’s impressive defensive system: its walls and Castillo El Morro.
El Morro has many stories and legends. Come hear many of them and leave with a better understanding of the history behind the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, its unique ties to the United States and its role as a military defense system that still endures to this day.
Fort entrance fee included in ticket price
Enjoy Old San Juan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with an informed, entertaining bilingual local
Stroll the cobblestone streets of this 500 year old fortified Spanish colonial city and find out why they are blue
Go inside the city’s venerated El Morro Fort and the learn about Spain’s oldest and most revered colonial military fortifications
Join your certified tour guide for the most in depth experience inside El Morro
Learn about and see one of the most important Spanish fortifications in the Caribbean
Understand Old San Juan’s historic landmarks, history and other lesser known tidbits
Bilingual, knowledgeable guide provides more color and context than solo walking
Frequently asked questions
Yes! Private tours are perfect for birthdays, bachelorette/bachelor parties, family trips, team building, ice breakers, honeymooners, corporate adventures and more! Private tours are based on availability. Please see our Private Tour Page and send us a request.
Our Old San Juan Food Tour provides samples of food and drink, enough for most people to feel comfortably full afterward.
*Participants must be 18 years or older to drink alcohol in Puerto Rico.
The Old San Juan Food Tour does NOT end in the same location as the starting point, but it is around the corner and we can provide assistance if necessary after the tour to get you to wherever you need to go.
*NOTE* the end and beginning of the Old San Juan Food Tour is only a few blocks away from the cruise ship docks.
Please be sure to check the LOCAL TIME in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico observes Atlantic Standard Time and does NOT use Daylight Savings Time.
Flavors of San Juan is NOT responsible if you are late to a tour because you are unaware of the local time zone.
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El Morro Fort Tour
Duration: 2 hours
Includes: $10 fort entrance fee INCLUDED in ticket price
Location: We meet promptly in the Plaza de Las Monjas in front of Hotel El Convento (100 Calle Cristo, Old San Juan) on the corner of Calle Cristo and Caleta de la Monjas. Your guide will be wearing a green shirt and a smile.
To Bring: We’ll be walking extensively in hot conditions so bringing a water bottle is required (opportunities for water refills at fort).
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