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Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana

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Address: Havana, Cuba
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8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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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Forteleza de San Carlos de la Cabana

Forteleza de San Carlos de la Cabana rests along the river across from Old Havana, offering a wonderful wide perspective of the city. The panoramic views, along with its history... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Forteleza de San Carlos de la Cabana rests along the river across from Old Havana, offering a wonderful wide perspective of the city. The panoramic views, along with its history, are the best part of this attraction and warrant a visit. These points earned my 4 star review. The Fort is laden with Spanish-Cuban history, however I wasn't as impressed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

This castle is located across Old Havana and offers great views over the port and the old city. It isn't a significant detour (5-10 min) and the castle site actually has several monuments and areas to visit. The fortress is open to street vendors so expect some people to push their trinkets on you. We had hire a guide which... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

The entrance to Havana from the sea is guarded on both sides by a series of Forts. This particular fort is a Star Fort name from its star shaped construction. These forts were very hard to take in their larger forms as they could bring more firepower down on the enemy. Interesting but not as impressive as the star fort... More 

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Worth spending some time walking around the old spanish fortress. The view of the city is superb and you can enjoy food & drinks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Our group was in Havana for the Havana Art Biennal and the Castillo was the perfect venue. The whole place was very festive and easy to navigate the difference art exhibits. Also we ate at one of the restaurants there and the food was awesome. You can get some great camera shots of the city below. Unfortunately we didn't stay... More 

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

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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana

Address: Address: Havana, Cuba
Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Havana
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm

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