While our first two days were spent soaking up the sun and indulging in delicious Puerto Rican food, day three found us wandering the streets of Old San Juan. It was a completely different atmosphere than what we had experienced in the neighborhood of Condado, where we were staying, and we loved learning about the history of the area.
After a bit of exploring, we found ourselves drawn to Castillo San Felipe del Morro, one of the two forts in Old San Juan. It was further away from the main area of the city, but the big open area, with views of the Bay of San Juan and ocean, seemed to draw us in.
Also known as El Morro, it is one of the largest forts built in the Caribbean by the Spanish and took over 200 years to build. The area is a popular place for children to fly kites with their families, and although it’s a bit of a walk from the center of Old San Juan, the views from the inside are beautiful. At just three dollars to enter, it’s a must-see in my mind, if only for the views.
While we didn’t make it to Castillo San Cristóbal, the other fort in Old San Juan, I would one day love to see it as well. Still, I’m glad that I got to spend some time in El Morro because it gave me an entirely different perspective of the history of Puerto Rico.
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