San Juan National Historic Site
Contact Address Information:
Fort San Cristobal, Norzagaray Street
This lighthouse is located atop San Felipe del Morro Fort (commonly known as El Morro), Puerto Rico's best known fort. The Spanish fort dates back over 400 years. The historic grounds of El Morro have recently been restored to the way they looked when the fortress was built and used. The lighthouse was rebuilt after the Spanish American War.
Description of Tower: Octagonal cast iron tower.
This light is operational
Date Established: 1846
Date Present Tower Built: 1908
Date Automated: 1962
Optics: 1908: Third order Fresnel lens (still in use).
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? Grounds only.
San Juan National Historic Site is open year-round (except Christmas Day) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking in the historic district is extremely limited. Vehicles are not permitted at all on the grounds of El Morro, so be sure to leave enough time to walk the 1/4-mile distance from Calle Norzagaray to the drawbridge. Its is an easy stroll of about five minutes.
From International Airport, take route I-26 west.
Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places