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Castillo de San Cristobal

Address: Calle Norzagaray | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787-729-6777
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Old San Juan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
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Ranked #3 of 105 Attractions in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Owner description: This massive 27-acre series of fortifications is the largest the...
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Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This massive 27-acre series of fortifications is the largest the Spanish built in the New World.
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

I'm a sucker for old architecture, and this place gave me a full dose of happiness. The fort is huge and you can easily get lost if you're not careful. My favorite parts were the lookout points, it was a bucket list item for me (i'm such a nerd). You could spend well over 3 hours in here to try... More 

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Hillsdale, New Jersey
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

had a great time visiting the fort. it was amazing to wander all around the only negative is that I wished there was more and/or better signing.

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Haymarket, Virginia
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Nothing we saw in photographs could prepare us for what we saw upon arrival at this massive fort! Bring the family and bring the stamina because there is a lot walking to do here. All of the climbing is well worth the hike, however! This is a must see if you are lucky enough to get to Old San Juan.... More 

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Madison, WI
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

WOW!!! We were not prepared for the colossal scale of this fortress...no wonder the Spanish were the last Europeans to surrender their Caribbean colonies. These fortifications speak to a European colonial outpost that was built to protect the European colonials from the French, Dutch and English invaders and pirates. Take your time when you are here...It is a journey through... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

My family enjoyed all the spectacular views from this old fort. Many stairs to climb but worth the visit.

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Frederick, Maryland
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Old San Juan is a great port city. Unlike other ports, there is some authenticity here. However, it is worth the 15 minute uphill walk to reach the incredible Castillo de San Cristobal. The historical information is well displayed. The views from all 3 levels are gorgeous. There were 4 or 5 ships in port and the crowds were minimal.... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Very informative exhibits, interesting history. Fun place to walk around, lots of rooms and ramps and places to view water, town, etc.

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Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Located just above the harbor, it is a nice 1 1/2 self-guided excursion through a pretty neat structure. The dungeon is legitimate! Lots of stairs, so come ready to climb!! The views of the Atlantic and El Morro Castle are awesome!! Pay the extra couple of bucks and get admission for El Morro Castle as well.

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waterford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Experience some off the earliest history of the new found Americas and how it shaped the world. The free trolley is a short ride between sites, but beware later in the afternoon the trolleys can be crowded.

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed this newer of the two major forts in San Juan. Well worth your time. Escape into the ambiance and the views, learn the history of this enchanting place.

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