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Castillo de San Cristobal

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Address: Calle Norzagaray | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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+1 787-729-6777
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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This massive 27-acre series of fortifications is the largest the Spanish...

This massive 27-acre series of fortifications is the largest the Spanish built in the New World.

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San Juan Historic Tour: Fort San Cristobal and Ruin of Caparra

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Beautiful Landscape

We traveled all over Castillo de San Cristobal. The views of the ocean on this very windy day were breathtaking. The Castle is as how it appeared hundreds of years ago during the... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We traveled all over Castillo de San Cristobal. The views of the ocean on this very windy day were breathtaking. The Castle is as how it appeared hundreds of years ago during the Spanish era. It is on the list of National Monuments. The entrance fee was minimal. A must do when in San Juan and conveniently located close to... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This fort surprised us by having very large beautiful ground. We did a park ranger tour of the grounds that was very worthwhile. The English tour was at 2:30 pm. The coastal views were amazing.

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed walking around both the old buildings and the grounds. The tours are brief and informative and you can supplement with signage, if you'd like. It's also possible to walk from the Castillo to El Morro, where the views are unsurpassed (you can use the same entry ticket). We heard there was a free shuttle, but as there's just... More 

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Orleans, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are is military history buff this is the place for you. My wife and I had the very good fortune to visit both Castillo de San Cristobal and San Felipe del Morro, two distinct parts of the same security envelope for Spanish San Juan. They are in excellent condition, though the tour guide did point to the difficulty... More 

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Longueuil, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went there with our three teenagers and we all loved it. It is full of history and the views are amazing we stayed two hours visiting the whole fort. We watched the introduction video which is good because it explains the wars and the two San Juan forts. We loved walking on the grounds with the sea wright beside... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place was awesome! One can feel the history! Real close to the cruise port! A must see for anyone visiting San Juan!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Be sure to visit this one as well each one has a different perspective. All are easily navigated and have lots to offer all ages.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is really cool, but I highly recommend having a guide. The views and self guided tour speak for themselves to some degree but having someone lead to cool places and give you more of the history is helpful. A must see is the prison cell in the tunnel below the fort with the graffiti from the prisoners on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Cheap shore excursion from the ship, walking distance. Simply overwhelming in size and history. A must see if you stop on a cruise ship.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is an excellent place to visit in Old SAN Juan. The guides are helpful. The fort itself is very interesting and has great views.

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