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Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Simply called 'El Morro' by locals, it was built by a fort in the 16th century to protect San Juan from amphibious attacks.

Nearby Attractions

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La Fortaleza
The powder blue hillside house is the home of the Governor of Puerto Rico and was built five centuries ago.
Hotel El Convento
Commissioned in 1646 by King Philip IV of Spain, Hotel El Convento is the oldest member hotel operating in the Historic Hotels of America group.
Café Don Ruiz
This coffee shop, attached to a museum, serves only Puerto Rican grown coffee - and the best coffee at that. If you're looking for a pick-me-up, this spot is not to be missed.
Puerta de San Juan
The door served as the entrance to the city during the Spanish colonial era.
La Factoria
This hidden gem cocktail bar should make the top of the list of anyone looking for locals indulging in the island's best craft cocktails.
Plaza del Quinto Centenario
Built in 1992 to signify 500 years since the Americas were explored by Europeans, the plaza has a totem pole built from clays from across the Americas.

Related Tours

Private Guided Ghost Tour with entrance to San Juan National Historic Site
Join us on a private walking tour of San Juan, where centuries of curses and specters linger in the historical city. On your private walking tour, you will: 
 
  •  Learn of the Columbus curse and hear endless tales of deaths, accidents, bankruptcies, and natural disasters all rumored to be linked to Columbus. 
  •  Visit Castillo San Cristobal, the largest fort constructed by the Spanish in the Western Hemisphere and hear tales reminiscent of a Shakespearean tragedy.
  •  Walk through the old town by prisons and hotels to hear centuries of spectral sightings documented. 
  •  Visit El Morro for wild and well-documented hauntings, which leave the hair standing on your neck. 
Your tour begins in Columbus Square, where your expert private guide will introduce you to the city’s tenuous relationship to the notorious explorer. In June 2016, the 362 foot of Columbus was unveiled 45 miles west of San Juan on a ceremonial site for the Taíno, a culture nearly driven to extinction by Columbus’s exploits. Learn why islanders are wary of Columbus’s history on their island, and why they attribute centuries of disasters to his name, which they dare not utter in completion. 
 
 Next, visit Castillo San Cristobal, which was meant to protect the city from attacks by land, and remains haunted by one of the island’s tragic love stories, reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Other tales include the disappearance of a Spanish soldiers whose clothes and gun remained in the remote sentry box; to this day, numerous sightings of the lovers and the soldier are still being reported. From the Castillo, continue on to several more haunted sites - theaters built on the site of 18th century gallows, stories of human radiation tests performed in prisons, whose coverups go as high as the White House. 
 
 Visit La Fortaleza and Hotel El Convento - the oldest member of Historic Hotels of America, and hear the eery tales known by the locals, of a wealthy widow who turned her home into a convent after her husband was killed, and listen for the faint sounds of robes across the tile floors. Lastly, visit El Morro - the fort built to defend the island from invaders by sea. Here, the tales of spectral sightings are as numerous as they are descriptive. 
 
 Your private historic hauntings tour of San Juan is fours hours and is all done on foot. It is suitable for people of all ages, provided that adults are present with children. Be sure to bring water and stay hydrated throughout your haunted walk. 
Private Walking Tour of Old Town San Juan
On your private highlight tour, learn about the history of San Juan and understand the complex status of the Commonwealth, and the ways this small island has influenced the rest of Latin America. On your private walking tour, you will:
 
  • Explore over 500 years of history, how the island was colonized and get a sense of how Puerto Ricans contend with their current complex status. 
  • Visit a 'Panama hat' shop, where you can find the perfect memento of your time on the island. 
  • As you walk around the external walls of the behemoth forts in San Juan, your guide will discuss the role Christopher Columbus and Spanish colonialism had on the historical city centre. 
  • See Parque de las Palomas, where locals gather in the cool of the mornings and evenings. 
  • Visit several shops, coffee stops, and local vendors, where you can enjoy the best of the island's offering, with an expert guide to help you navigate away from the tourist traps. 
  • Experience     the stories of devastation and recovery efforts still underway from Hurricane Maria, which struck the island in 2017.  
  • Your tour will finish with a coffee at a local establishment, where you can enjoy a cup along with a snack before parting ways with your guide.   
Whether this is your first trip to San Juan or your 50th, a private walking tour of Old Town with a guide is the perfect way to discover the secrets hidden in plain sight, and learn the history of the island. Enjoy a local, professional guide's perspective on what it’s like to live on the island today, and get the tips on the island's best kept secrets. 
 
With sweeping oceanside vistas, daunting stone forts, steep hills, and intricate stone roads, San Juan oozes with a mix of old European charm and vibrant Latin culture. On your tour, your guide will give you the best tips for exploring the island. Your guide will be sure to give you a list of their favourite restaurants, and introduce you to locals who will make the difference between a tourist holiday to a lifelong love affair with the island its people. 
Private Guided Ghost Tour of San Juan at Night
Dive into haunted stories of San Juan, when the sun has gone down and with it the heat. On your private ghost tour of San Juan you will: 
 
  • Enjoy a private walking tour with the comfort of an expert guide
  • Learn of the Columbus curse and hear endless tales of deaths, accidents, bankruptcies, and natural disasters all rumored to be linked to Columbus.
  • See the largest fort constructed by the Spanish in the Western Hemisphere and hear tales reminiscent of a Shakespearean tragedy.
  •  Walk through the old town by prisons and hotels to hear centuries of spectral sightings documented. 
  •  Hear history laced with ghost stories at El Morro.
  • While all sites are visited externally  your guide will recommend how you can visit the national site during its normal operating hours. 
Your tour begins in Columbus Square, where your expert private guide will introduce you to the city’s tenuous relationship to the notorious explorer. In June 2016, the 362 foot of Columbus was unveiled 45 miles west of San Juan on a ceremonial site for the Taíno, a culture nearly driven to extinction by Columbus’s exploits. Learn why islanders are wary of Columbus’s history on their island, and why they attribute centuries of disasters to his name, which they dare not utter in completion. 
 
Next, see Castillo San Cristobal (external only), which was meant to protect the city from attacks by land, and remains haunted by one of the island’s tragic love stories, reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Other tales include the disappearance of a Spanish soldiers whose clothes and gun remained in the remote sentry box; to this day, numerous sightings of the lovers and the soldier are still being reported.

From the Castillo, continue on to several more haunted sites - theaters built on the site of 18th century gallows, stories of human radiation tests performed in prisons, whose coverups go as high as the White House. 
 
 See Hotel El Convento - the oldest member of Historic Hotels of America, and hear the eerie tales known by the locals, of a wealthy widow who turned her home into a convent after her husband was killed, and listen for the faint sounds of robes across the tile floors. 
 
Your private historic hauntings tour of San Juan is two and a half hours and is all done on foot. It is suitable for people of all ages, provided that adults are present with children. Be sure to bring water and stay hydrated throughout your haunted walk. 
 
The San Juan National Historical Site (Castillo San Cristobal, El Morro, and La Fortaleza) is closed in the evenings and is not visited internally on this tour. If you wish to visit these sites on a ghost tour, please book our day tour instead.  
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