This past week Castillo San Cristobal reopened its doors to the general public for the first time since Hurricane Maria devastated the island. It hoped that El Morro will also reopen on Monday November 27.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and the National Park Service (NPS) announced that the NPS has resumed normal operations and public tours at the visitor center at Castillo San Cristóbal
“For over 400 years, Castillo San Felipe del Morro has stood as guardian and symbol of Puerto Rico’s heritage, and it’s also a major tourism attraction for visitors from all over the world” said Secretary Zinke. “I’m incredibly proud of the National Park Service and entire Interior family who have been working nonstop to reopen this important cultural and tourism attraction. Part of rebuilding communities means rebuilding revenue streams so folks can get back to work, earn a living, and care for their families. The National Park Service will continue to work closely with the people of Puerto Rico to restore life into this vibrant community.”
The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, said, “with the announcement of the reopening of these spaces we show that we are en route to the recovery of our Island. The San Cristóbal Castle and San Felipe del Morro Castle are part of the historical and cultural heritage of Puerto Rico, essential spaces to continue promoting tourism as part of our economy. We invite all Puerto Ricans and visitors to continue enjoying the national historic sites of our Island.”
San Juan National Historic Site is comprised of Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Castillo San Cristóbal, Fort San Juan de La Cruz (El Cañuelo), La Puerta de San Juan and most of the city wall. The forts every day from 9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.