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Castillo de San Cristobal

Calle Norzagaray | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
787-729-6777
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As featured in 3 days in San Juan
Ranked #4 of 102 Attractions in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: This massive 27-acre series of fortifications is the largest the Spanish built in the New World.
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New Carrollton, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I visited San Cristobal in August 2010 during a port call on a Royal Caribbean cruise. We only had 4 hours to visit Old San Juan. While most people meandered to the nearby casino or walked the streets, some family members decided to head over to the Castillo. Entering was truly enthralling. We went on one guided tour, and then... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Take time to stroll around this historic site and learn more about the history of San Juan. Beautiful views.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I like historic forts, and this did not disappoint. You can wander through the place, and see why it was key to protecting San Juan for centuries. There is a short historical film in English and Spanish that gave you the background of the place, plus it's in an air conditioned theater which feels great after a trip around the... More

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Montgomery, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

I had to take a few pictures of Castillo de San Cristobal. The view from the top is breathtaking. My legs are tried but I don't stop exploring this beautiful historical site.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

My husband and I walked about 2 miles from our hotel to get there but it was worth it! The views were spectacular! There weren't as many plaques to read as you normally see at a U.S. National Park but sometimes that's a welcome change from feeling like there's no way to read everything in one day. We stayed for... More

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washington dc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Spanish military might, here in fortress form. Great views. Very enjoyable walk along the esplanade overlooking the Atlantic to the other, larger fortress at El Morro.

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Woodstock, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Despite the construction at the entrance, this historic site was awe inspiring with beautiful views.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Before coming, I didn't know much about Cristobal. I mean, we didn't even put it on our original itinerary. After we visited El Morro, the park ranger told us our purchase was good for Cristobal as well. So we stopped by Santa Maria cemetery on the way and then visited Cristobal. I must say, Cristobal was very cool. It showed... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It was pretty inexpensive to enter. Every step of the way there was something to look at with lots of information. The views were pretty awesome. We took lots of pictures overlooking the waters. Definitely something you have to see while in San Juan

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Orland Hills
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This fortress build by the Spanish in the early years of the exploration of the New World is an excellent place to start your visit of Old San Juan. The views of the shore and Castillo San Felipe del Morro are outstanding and the shorelike walk along the city's wall to del Morro a pleasurable half walk.

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