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Castillo de San Cristobal

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Address: Calle Norzagaray | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787-729-6777
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This massive 27-acre series of fortifications is the largest the Spanish...
This massive 27-acre series of fortifications is the largest the Spanish built in the New World.
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Old San Juan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Very well maintained and we were impressed with the available historical information. For only $5 per person, you get admission to both this historic center/fort and the other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very well maintained and we were impressed with the available historical information. For only $5 per person, you get admission to both this historic center/fort and the other fort on the other side of Old San Juan, right next to the cemetery. This was fun to walk around and read the blurbs of history. The actors are in period dress,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

When you see it from a distance, you have no idea the immense size, and what was all involved to create it. The history explaining everything the soldiers endured was fascinating. it is hard to believe that something like that was constructed with manual labour. The walls are over 18 feet thick in places-WOW. Make sure you have time, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

For only $5 per person, you get admission to both the historic center/fort and the other fort on the other side of Old San Juan. This was fun to walk around and read the blurbs of history. Some nice shaded and windy parts provided relief in the hot afternoon sun!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Be sure to remember your passports book if you are a collector of national Park stamps. This old fort is a slightly steep climb to a great vantage point above the island. The park Rangers are happy to help you with questions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

You can visit both historic center and fort for $5/person and discounted rate for kids. ~20-30 minute walk from one end of the fort to the other historic site. It's beautiful, overlooks the ocean, has a historic cemetery and is one of the best experiences in san juan. Great history. Awesome afternoon walking in the sunshine and seeing history. Lots... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit. A most do while in old San Juan. Great Views. Watch the movie in the visitors center. I'd go again... anytime i'm in SJ Great family outing... tons of history.. travel back in time. More to it than you think....bigger than El Morro (which is great too) Well run... national treasure for PR and US.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Great pictures and great experience every trip. Gift shop is pricey but some neat books in there. Save your money and head a few blocks over to the shopping in old San juan

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

There is a display that tells the history of the fort in the main area that is interesting...after that, it is all about the exploring. We missed the tunnel tour, which sounded great. We spent 3 hours just walking around, up and down stairs, ramps, through dry moats, across bridges and just sitting by the ocean. Bring water! Hotter than... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Wow! What an amazing place! The walls of the fort are so thick, it's no wonder it's still in near perfect condition. Walk around the fort and out onto ramparts and have your camera ready! It is so beautiful here, and every direction you turn, there is a view to behold. A recommended stop for any sightseer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

very friendly, lots of history & information given to in a tour. Worth every penny spent. Enjoyed the view.

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