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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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Ranked #5 of 103 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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Leesburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

I unfortunately was here when the government shut down last Oct. 1, 2013 and thus wasn't able to get into this National Park. Fortunately, I was there today and was able to walk around and see how great a structure this was for protecting the shores. Beautiful views!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Went for a tour of old Sam Juan and the fort. Then off to Bacardi plant. Had a super tour guide Alicia from E & B tours. We learned a lot of information from Alicia. I wish we could have seen the second fort and toured the light house. Other than that it was super

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Germantown, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Amazing - The construction is phenomenal, it explains why the Spanish held the port of San Juan against all comers for 400 years. Even Capt. Jack Sparrow would have had a hard time getting into the fort!

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Colonie, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

My wife and I knew absolutely nothing about Old San Juan when we booked our trip. We certainly didn't know about their military history that this fort was used for. You can walk through an old dungeon, see a drawing done by a captured sea captain, see all the encampments within the walls, and walk the grounds within the fort... More

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Lantana, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This was fun, and very scenic. We took the whole day to explore castillo de san cristobal and san Felipe del morro and it was great and very intresting. Lots of walking.

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The architecture is stunning against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. It appears to go on forever.

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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Very beautiful views. Cost of entrance is $10 and it allows you into both forts for 7 days. Well worth the trip

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Lexington, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This fort is interesting and provides great views, but if you've seen El Morro, it is somewhat repetitious. However, if you are inclined towards history, the entrance fee to one fort will provide entrance to the other, so hang on to your ticket.

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Kyle, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I walked from Condado to Old San Juan which was about 4.5 miles. The walk had some pretty awesome coastline views. When you get to Castillo de San Cristobal you pay 5 bucks to enter and this also pays your entry to El Morro. There is a trolley that will take you around old San Juan so you don't have... More

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New Orleans
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

It's just amazing! I loved how we were free to wander around at our pace! It was only $5- that gets you into both forts and is good for 5 days!

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