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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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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 castle and views!

This was a very interesting and beautiful fort. Our time was short so we had to quickly seek out the most important areas. The people at the information desk were very helpful... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was a very interesting and beautiful fort. Our time was short so we had to quickly seek out the most important areas. The people at the information desk were very helpful in directing us so we saw everything possible with The time we had. We missed out on the dungeon but so enjoyed all the history and views out... More 

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Palenville, New York, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

El Morro is iconic, but Castillo de San Cristobal is also well worth a visit. One may visit both forts for a single admission. With its more eastern location at the edge of Old San Juan, this historic fortress makes a good starting feature for a day of touring the old city.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The views of the ocean and city from the top of this fort is well worth the time and effort to get there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Many historical sites are academic in nature; dry and incomplete as far as interest level. This DOES NOT BORE YOU! Part of the charm is the location for this fort; right on the Atlantic Ocean and the preservation of the fort itself. It's easy to go back in time hundreds of years and imagine the Spaniard troops hustling down the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This historic site is one of the first things you pass on the way to old San Juan/el morro area. We were lucky to find a parking spot on the street. There is a lot of traffic on this road so you may end up walking up hill or down hill near this site. There is so much history here... More 

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East Hampton, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really great fort with awesome views and best history exhibits. Way better than El Morro. Fun for the kids, cool tunnels, great ramps up to turrets with old cannonballs, and great views along shore.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Every trip to San Juan should include going to the fort. Nice walk from old San Juan, kids will love it, bring a kite if you have one

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took the free trolly/bus to the fort. Walk up to the front was on a hill so it was a bit of walk. Very nice restored fort. We were able to join a park ranger giving a talk about the fort and history. He was great, Really knew what he was talking about. Two gift shops to pick up... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Yes it's crowded and touristy, but it's such beautiful history, Even if you don't go in, definitely walk around it and take in it's history and beauty. Even after seeing it so many times, we still go back to walk around

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fort is an expansive area stretching for what looks to be a half mile including beautiful manicured grounds. The Fort itself is a huge physical specimen with lots of history and gorgeous ocean views. Definitely a must see if visiting Old San Juan.

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