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Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana

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History, and a view of old Havana

This huge fort gives you an idea of how important Havana was in colonial times. Engage a guide... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Toronto, Canada
Well worth a trip

The castle itself is wonderful, and there are fabulous views of Havana, we stayed for the nine... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stockport, United Kingdom
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An enormous fortress that fires its cannon every night.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good38%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This huge fort gives you an idea of how important Havana was in colonial times. Engage a guide, the descriptions of the history of the fort in various periods were very interesting. We took the ferry from old Havana and walked up in the late...More

Thank mikerutherford
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The castle itself is wonderful, and there are fabulous views of Havana, we stayed for the nine cannon ceremony which occurs at 9 pm every day , this was really interesting and very enjoyable. There is a Che Guevara museum on site which is really...More

Thank Gabs172016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This event is not to be missed for two reasons: (1) the wonderful selection of souvenirs sold, and (2) the nighttime canon ceremony itself, which concludes with a BLAST (literally) at EXACTLY 9 p.m. Not to be missed!

Thank Bookworm2002
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This 18th-century fortress, the third-largest in the Americas, is located along the entrance to Havana harbor. It's a very picturesque place to enjoy views of Old Havana, located below on the opposite shore. This is a magnificent fortress, steeped in history and a great place...More

Thank GrandpaX4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting history, great views but if you don't get here early (7:30 pm ) for the 9:00 pm firing you will not be able to get close enough to the canon see to the actual firing. Lots of pomp and circumstance leading up to firing...More

Thank Walloweye
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A really good night out locals selling souvenirs plenty of pomp marching band and firing of cannon go well worth it

Thank josephStowupland
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went in the evening to see the cannon ceremony. The trip across Havana Harbor is worth it just for the that. The fort itself is fascinating and well worth wondering around. We did not make it over to Castle de Los Tres Reyes del...More

Thank kcwKeyWest_FL
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've seen a gazillon cannons, but never one go off! At 9pm every night they fire the canon and have been doing so every day since the fort was built some ~500 years ago. How cool is that? It was done back in the day...More

Thank Melinda L
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you are a lover of history and historic sites, the Castillo is a must during your visit to La Habana. Of the New World Spanish forts I've seen in St. Augustine, FL; San Juan, PR; and Cartagena, Colombia, the Castillo is only surpassed by...More

Thank Roberto1950SJU
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was great! We managed to avoid the crowds at Morro and pretty much had the whole place to ourselves. Depending on how much walking you want to do, you can spend about 1-2hrs here. We got a great view of Havana and the ocean....More

Thank chrisandsharon2016
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Craig M
Hello, I'm just wondering how much the entrance fee is and whether this includes the museums as well? Also, what time are the museums open until?
20 July 2015|
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Response from TourGuide-Manager | Reviewed this property |
7 CUC is the entrance fee to La Cabaña and it allows you access to all museum rooms in the Castle, the chapel and any temporary art and arms exhibits. La Cabaña opens at 9:00 a.m. and it closes at 6:00 p.m. Please note that... More