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El Morro, San Juan

Calle Norzagaray
Old San Juan
San Juan
Puerto Rico 00901
Tel: 787 729 6960's insider take:

Its real name is Fuerte San Felipe del Morro, but locals just call this massive fortress El Morro. The name means "the promontory," and refers to its location on a rocky peninsula extending into the Atlantic. The breathtaking setting makes it the city's most popular attraction, so things can get crowded when cruise-ship passengers pack into its towers, tunnels, and turrets. (Getting here early in the day is a good idea—as well as escaping the crowds, you'll avoid the worst of the heat.) Every bit as interesting is the city's other fort, Fuerte San Cristóbal (Calle Norzagaray; 787-729-6960). The only thing it doesn't have is the crowds. Consider visiting this one, located on the eastern end of Calle Norzagaray, if you're here in high season.

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