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Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana

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Address: Havana, Cuba
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Description: An enormous fortress that fires its cannon every night.

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We did go up twice to see Castillo de San Carlos, once around noon and then back in the evening. If you are a history buff (or military), a daytime visit is in order. The history... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Apache Junction, Arizona
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Apache Junction, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We did go up twice to see Castillo de San Carlos, once around noon and then back in the evening. If you are a history buff (or military), a daytime visit is in order. The history of the Castllio is fascinating. It must have been an absolute monumental task to haul the material. It is big also and can be... More 

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El Portal, Fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

It is a ceremony that goes back over 400 years! The inhabitants of the fortress are dressed in period costumes , carry lanterns and the view of Havana is beautiful from across the bay.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Castillo de San Carlos was an interesting place to visit. The Che section is interesting and well put together, as is the section on arms. The canon ceremony at night is an awesome and unique experience. The paella at the restaurant on site is surprisingly good and cheap. The views of Habana Vieja and the Capitolio and the Revolutionary Museum... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Only saw this place from the outside and walked around the grounds. It's renovated not too long ago and there is a beautiful bridge connecting the Castillo to the buildings next to it.

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Wuppertal, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The best way to get there is taking the ferry from Havana Vieja to Casablanca. It takes only some minutes to get to the other side. Then you walk up the hill and you arrive directly in front of the statue of Christos. Another walk of 10-15 minutes brings you to the main entrance of the Fort (6 CUC). It... More 

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West Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Whilst we had already viewed the firing of the canon from the rooftop of a Paladar where we dined, we also wanted to witness the ceremony from this location. There were few tourists (non-Cuban) but there were tons of locals and the atmosphere was festive. It is conducted in period military dress and it commemorates the original practice of the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

A strategically located and well preserved fort with good views of the city. The views alone are worth visiting. Lots of historical information around the fort. At the front of the fort are remnants from the Cuban missile crisis.

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Metepec, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This historic fort, was build to defend from pirates and corsairs, at night a cannon is fired, dont forget to visit the triada cigar factory while you visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Lots of information about Cuba History, some nice shows about "El Che". There's a daily ceremony to fire cannons (not real cannons) at 9PM, called "cañonazo. The city view from there is also a plus.

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Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

6 CUC each to get in during the day. Not much to see. Had to pay 12 cuc to taxi there from Miramar. While there the idea was to also visit Morro Castle, but at 6 CUC each extra for that and another 2 CUC each to check out the lighthouse I thought it would be a waste so didn't... More 

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