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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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In the past we went to Castillo Moro and liked it very much and did not go to San Cristobal, but that was a mistake. When you see San Cristobal you see how the Spanish were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

In the past we went to Castillo Moro and liked it very much and did not go to San Cristobal, but that was a mistake. When you see San Cristobal you see how the Spanish were using both forts. And seeing San Cristobal it encouraged me to go to the little fort on the other side of San Juan bay... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to Castillo de San Cristobal and learning about the 500+ year history of Puerto Rico. Enjoyed learning about the significance of this site during World War II. If you enjoy learning about history, definitely visit Castillo de San Cristobal.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This is one of two forts in Old San Juan and it is very interesting to see. Do buy a National Parks Pass (if you don't have one already.) A pass will allow the holder and 4 others to enter ALL National Parks for free or at discounted rates, and may even get you discounts at the concession stands. If... More 

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This was a fort smaller than del Morro and had many similar vignettes then the other fort. The view however I think was much better from this fort.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We spent about 4 hours exploring. There were a lot of ups and downs on ramps and stairs and you will do a lot of walking, but the views (spectacular) and the history are well worth the effort. Our daughter and son-in-law were able to negotiate most of the fort with their stroller by using the ramps built to move... More 

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Houston, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Everyone who travels to San Juan should take a 1/2 day or day and visit the castle and the fort. Very old, very good views from both of the entire city, and lots of history and cool architecture/ruins! The fort is the oldest point in the US dating back to the 15th or 16th century.

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Wethersfield, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The day we were there there was six grade school classes there and it was much fun to watch them learn and explore the fort. The fort had many different areas to explore and each display was easily accessible and well explained. A must stop if you are in San Juan.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed San Cristobal during our first week in PR, which also happened to be Park Week and had lots of activities for visitors to enjoy for free. We did the Dungeons Talk with Luís, our guide. Luís was clearly passionate about San Cristobal and gave us a lot of wonderful information about the fortress. He gave the tour in... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The views may not be quite as dramatic as El Morro, but there appeared to be more living history enactors, and history going up to WWII. Lots of neat places to explore. Both El Morro and Sasn Cristobal should be visited. Seniors, the $10 lifetime Federal recreation pass is an unbelievable deal. Ask for it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

While this is the smaller of the two main forts that make up the San Juan National Historic Site, this one actually offers more of a variation in what you can see. For one, there are many more information plaques than you'll find in Felipe del Morro. Unlike El Morro, one of the world war two observation bunkers is open... More 

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