• Soldiers marching to the entrance of Castillo San Felipe del Morro

    San Juan

    National Historic Site Puerto Rico

Walk thru the Paseo del Morro

The Paseo del Morro trail follows masonry walls, dating back to the 1630s, that surround the city of Old San Juan. The Paseo del Morro once served as a maintenance road for the west section of the city walls. In 2001 it was designated as a National Recreation Trail. The trail skirts the city wall from the San Juan Gate to Castillo San Felipe del Morro along the entrance to the San Juan Bay. Views across the bay, breezes from the Atlantic Ocean and views from the bottom of massive stone walls help to provide a historical experience unlike any other. Future plans include an entrance to the Paseo del Morro from Castillo San Felipe del Morro and a continuous trail to Castillo San Cristóbal as well.

Paseo del Morro
An NPS Photo

Did You Know?


Three lighthouses have stood on El Morro's 6th level in its long history. The first one was built in 1846. A second one replaced it in 1872. It took a direct hit during the 1898 bombardment by Sampson's US fleet, but the brick foundation was salvaged in 1909 to erect the lighthouse in use today.