Come Visit The Fortress Divided by Two Waters
The path leading up to the Fortress, El Morro, in San Juan Puerto Rico is divided by two oceans: the Caribbean and the Atlantic. You can tell the difference between the two seas at a distance by the line that divides the two waters due to their blue and green hues on either side of the fortress.
The plain is flat leading up the hilly slope, where you can watch the phantoms of the soldiers skirmishing up the plain and the sides of the fortress to defend the San Juan’s seashore.
The entrance to see el Morro is $10 for adults and free for children under 15 years old. Once you get through the entrance you can explore the base and take in the historical and cultural landmark that greatly defines Puerto Rico. Once you reach the top you will see lots of canons and look out windows where the coast lays out before you in a clear view for miles into the ocean.
I recall the second time I visited el Morro. It was 2016 during Spring Break where my aunt welcomed me into her home for the week. I enjoyed my time away from Florida for a while to take in my paternal roots and indulge in Puerto Rican delicacies like fried street foods including Alcapurria, Empanadillas, and Tostones that greatly define Puerto Rican cuisine. It’s not recommended to eat this fried food all the time because it can block your arteries but it is a fun treat that almost all Puerto Ricans would die over.
As we let the food digest, we took some to go and the streets were sunny, warm, and full of liveliness. You know you have arrived in Puerto Rico when Reggaeton, Bachata, Salsa and Street vendors blaring their sound systems at full force to let you know they are ready for festivities and fruit is on sale.
If you’re not from there, you need a good driver who can maneuver the streets of Puerto Rico because the loud noises and insolent drivers who take over the road can be very distracting. Nonetheless, taking the time to see the sites is well worth the effort, and you won't regret snapping photos of the gems that Puerto Rico has to offer like in el Morro.