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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 #3 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I just love visiting this amazing historical place. It brings an awesome feeling. During the day you can go there with natural flavor ice cream, "limber" or a snow cone and fly a kite. During the night is good to walk around and feel the sea breeze and share the history of the place with others. A must visit!

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Cozumel, Mexico
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We made the mistake of coming in 50 minutes before the Park closed. The Park Rangers made last call several times and we were watching the minutes. RATS!! This place is incredible. Little did we know that this Fort connects to the other Fort by a walkway. Do not pass this p!!

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Orange, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This castle was beautiful! WE loved the long walk from the street to the castle but got rained on! haahaha It was a welcoming rain from the humidity. Easy to get around to and lots of places for pictures and picturesque views!

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

On our 2nd trip to Puerto Rico, we saw this great historic site. We liked this one better than the El Morro, which we saw on our first trip there. They are both worth seeing, due to the different styles of each of them and significance to Puerto Rican history. Wear good walking shoes and be prepared to walk up... More

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Phoenix
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We had a great time at this castle/fortress. Its like traveling back in time to see what was like for the personnel and prisoners who stayed here. Great views of the city and the ocean, lots of photo opportunities. Favorite spots were the bunker and the dungeon. Definitely a must for a historical/cultural enthusiast.

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Powder Springs, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Historic site. Well worth the trip. Take the trolly there it's free. Don't try walking to it on a hot day.

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Northeast Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

It is a self guided tour. It was very interesting, great views of Old San Juan and surrounding area. They have a short movie in English that gives the history of the fort as well as interesting details of the fort. If you like history this would be worth your time and effort.

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

You should visit both forts though! It was beautiful and nice to see. But the sun was SO hot, I was sweating all over --> so I would suggest to go really early in the morning or later in the afternoon. That way you will enjoy what you are seeing much more.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Better view of the city than El Morro. Great history. About a twenty five minute walk between the two forts. Love the flags flying above each fort.

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Castillo San Cristobal is one of two spanish castles in Old San Juan. Usually people flock to El Morro because it is bigger, and for as long as I can remember, it always had many areas opened and the location is spectacular. However, during my last visit to the island, I learned that San Cristobal was open and that the... More

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