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How Accessible Is Accessible: Castillo San Felipe Del Morro

Updated: Sep 9, 2023

🇵🇷If you are like me, love history & are looking to visit historic sites in the National Park System, don’t forget to add Castillo San Felipe del Morro aka El Morro to your bucket list!

Photography by Denise Vasquez ©2022

El Morro is located in Puerto Rico in the historic district of Old San Juan.

Photography by Denise Vasquez ©2022

👧My first visit to El Morro was when I was a little girl with my family. Revisiting as an adult gave me a new appreciation for the historical significance of this monument.

Photography by Denise Vasquez ©2022

📍For hundreds of years, countries fought for control of Puerto Rico’s strategic location. El Morro was built to protect San Juan’s Bay from attack by sea.

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🏰 Over centuries, El Morro grew to become a 6 level fortress which you can see today while learning about 500 years of history!

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🇵🇷 Did you know that in 1898 during the Spanish-American War, Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory?

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♿️ If you plan on visiting El Morro & have an Access Pass, you can use it to enter for free. Don’t know about the Access Pass? Read my blog about how you can get one by clicking on the link HERE.

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♿️ Speak to the rangers at the entry about your accessibility needs.

♿️ Assisted listening devices are available.

♿️ Braille park brochures are available in English & Spanish.

♿️ The park offers films to watch with captions in English & Spanish.

♿️ El Morro is accessible to a degree for disabled people in key areas.

♿️ Heading up from the main plaza to the next level, there is a ramp with a steep slope which gets very slippery when it rains, which is often in Puerto Rico.

♿️ On the main level, they have exhibits, a gift shop & accessible restroom. There are areas on the main level that are flat, but there are also areas with uneven terrain & a lot of stairs leading to lower levels.

♿️ The lower levels are not accessible.

👩🏻‍💻 Other ways you can prepare for your visit:

🌬️Check the weather, it can change at any time!

🥾 If you are walking, wear hiking boots or sneakers with good traction.

☔️ Carry a rain poncho or small umbrella

📸 Have your cameras ready, there are iguanas everywhere!

Photography by Denise Vasquez ©2022

✨Tip: Arrive before noon to beat the crowds!

👩🏻‍💻 Follow me online to keep up with more adventures!

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