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San Juan de Ulua

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Address: Veracruz, Mexico
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Visitors can tour this impressive fort, which Hernán Cortés built to deter...

Visitors can tour this impressive fort, which Hernán Cortés built to deter pirate attacks.

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Nice historical fortress

This 16th century fortress was part of the Spanish protection system of fortified centres: Carthagena, Nombre de Dios, Havana... It is rather well preserved and it is really nice... read more

Reviewed 2 March 2017
Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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625 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

This 16th century fortress was part of the Spanish protection system of fortified centres: Carthagena, Nombre de Dios, Havana... It is rather well preserved and it is really nice to stroll around the site. If you can read Spanish, it is nice to visit the Museo Naval (free museum) prior to coming to San Juan de Ulua, as it gives... More 

Thank MonkeysandWine
Ajijic, Mexico
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

This very significant fortress offers a lot of history whether it is early conquest Garrison, prison or movie venue (Romancing the Stone)However it is very poorly signed with minimal info Fortunately we had a great guide able to make the place interesting( Enrique Sanchez)

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 February 2017

You can take a trolley car in the pier or in the aquarium plaza for around 150 pesos and all the tour takes from 2 to 3 hours. Take your cap or hat and water with you because all the tour is in the sun.

1 Thank Frank P
Mexico City, Mexico
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

A very interesting place full of history. Impressive venue, very well taken care of. Being next to the sea and having the inner canals give the visitors an unique experience. Try to get a certified guide at the entrance. Its cheap and totally worth it

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Denver, Colorado
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

The castle is beautiful, a true historical landmark. I would recommend taking a tour because the castle is now surrounded by the new port of Veracruz. Visiting this place is like visiting any of the ruins in Europe. Interesting fact, the castle used to be outside the city but with Veracruz's growth it now sits inside the port. I found... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Veracuz was the main entrance for Spaniards into Mexico. The fortress was build to protect the city and was also used as a pier to shipping merchandise into Spain as well as to receiving merchandise and people from the Old World. That's why this site was so important. It features a museum and it has signs that described the fortress's... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

This is a historic place and has many interesting facts. In order to truly know and get the depth of this place, a guide is highly recommended. Paulina, an English tour guide gave a us a full narration of this Castle.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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78 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

The old fortress of San Juan de Ulua harbors an interesting part of the Mexico's story. The spaniards started to build it on 1565. Then it was part of the walls of the city, to protect the city against pirates. You will feel a very special energy inside this place built with "piedra múcara" or coral stones. It was a... More 

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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Very worthy of a visit and the entry fee is cheap. We hired a guide for 50 pesos (less than $3). The history of the fort is so interesting and was explained to us by the guide who spoke english.

Thank mdklein41
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

To be honest this Fort is best viewd from a distance. There is very little to actually see on the inside..

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