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Castillo San Fernando de Bocachica

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Address: Bocachica, Isla Tierra Bomba, Colombia
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Interesting fort, charming people

After reading some of the reviews here I was unsure if I should make the trip across the bay to the fort and to Bocachica. Because I had a few hours free I decided to give it a... read more

Reviewed 31 March 2017
Mark P
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

After reading some of the reviews here I was unsure if I should make the trip across the bay to the fort and to Bocachica. Because I had a few hours free I decided to give it a go and I was richly rewarded. The fort itself is really well preserved and you get access to almost all of it.... More 

1 Thank Mark P
Guadalajara, Mexico
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

Really cool. Its very anarchic. when you get there some random guys will guide you through the fort. At the beginning it can be scary as you will be in minority and walking in some dark rooms in the fort but do not worry, these guys need more people to come over - they cannot afford to rob tourists as... More 

Thank mati515
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51 reviews
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

We were on a Crystal Cruises excursion that included a visit to the Castillo San Fernando de Bocachica. Not only was there a group of kids who welcomed us as we entered the Fort, but they also performed for us. Be careful of the peddlers who try to sell you stuff. Learn the phrase "no gracias" very quickly.

Thank RickandGinny M
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 6 October 2016

I decided to go here as I thought it was quieter than some of the other islands. The ferry was cheap and I was the only tourist on the boat going there. When I arrived and asked the way to go i was pointed in the direction of a bunch of youths on motor bikes that were the taxis. I... More 

Thank Susanna26
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Would seriously recommend not to go here. The village does not feel very safe and people are constantly trying to scam you. This starts straight away at the docks in Cartagena and doesn't stop till you get off the boat back in the city. The fortress itself is not that impressive or well maintained, barely any information is provided. Definitely... More 

Thank Jan1341
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75 reviews
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Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

It's free. That's the end of the good part. The swarming of the "guides" is a nuisance. Most of their information is clearly made up. George Washington did not attack Cartagena in the 12th century. Walking the fort by yourself would take about 30 minutes and you would not miss anything. Skip this save your time and money for something... More 

2 Thank Spanish B
Calgary, Canada
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 15 February 2016

We go to Cartagena every year in January or February to visit family. While we are there, we usually do a couple of "touristy" things. This year I brought my 15 year old daughter with me, and we travelled with my parents (my mom is Colombian and my dad is Canadian). On January 25, 2016 we went to spend the... More 

4 Thank 3princesas
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Reviewed 11 February 2016

This is the largest of any Spanish fortress. Built to intimidate the boldest of buccaneers, it was designed to protect the riches of gold, silver, and gems that the Spanish plundered throughout the Americas. Enjoy several leisurely hours as you explore. Stop inside a tunnel and clap your hands—that echo would instantly alert the defenders of your approach. Hint: lots... More 

Thank MarJan6861
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82 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

So happy I visited this place!! It's not just about the Fortress itself, it's the island Bocachica!!! Such an amazing place!! I would definitely recommend to visit there and to enjoy walking in the streets!! We found a local guy beside the ferry station in Cartagena and he came with us all the way to the island and took us... More 

Thank Mohammad N
Edmonton, Canada
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 29 November 2015 via mobile

Pretty neat tour. This super Fort isn't as super as I thought it would be. I'm sure lots of Hollywood actors have bigger homes nowadays but it is hundreds of years old I guess. The views are amazing however and if you're a history nerd you'll like the tales. Audio tour comes with a crummy device with even crummier headphones,... More 

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