San Juan, Puerto Rico
This review was originally published on Tripadvisor February 12, 2015 — and although older, it still stands the test of time — much like the Morro!
If you’re looking to combine sightseeing, picture taking and a bit of exercise, try walking the Paseo de la Princesa which ultimately turns into the Paseo del Morro. Essentially, this route takes you away from the cruise ships and street vendors, transports you through time, then leaves you in awe with a breathtaking finale at the base of Castillo San Felipe del Morro.
NOTE: Something I wish I’d known before going on the walk — when you reach the end of the Paseo del Morro, at the base of the castle, there’s no way to get up to the castle itself. There’s no exit. You have to turn around and walk back. The closest entrance into the city is through the San Juan gate about 1.5 miles back. Just to spell it out, that’s 3 miles round trip from the San Juan gate. The San Juan gate is about a mile from the beginning of Paseo de la Princesa. Given the potential for heat, direct sunlight and lack of shade, this might not be a walk for everyone.
It get pretty hot along the wall and there’s very little shade, so make sure to bring sunscreen and water!