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

    San Juan

    National Historic Site Puerto Rico

Your Safety

Watch your step and your children as you explore the ramparts, stairways, and tunnels of the fortifications of Old San Juan. These ancient, weathered surfaces are rugged and uneven, and frequent passing tropical rain showers can make them wet and slippery. Good sturdy footwear will make your visit safer and more pleasant. The tropical sun is strong and we recommend that you wear a hat during your stay in Old San Juan.

To prevent falls and injuries, keep your children from climbing on cannon ball pyramids and cannons. Also keep youngsters away from the edges of the steep walls. Food and drinks are not permitted inside the fortifications . Smoking is also prohibited.

Look for this safety signs.


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.