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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 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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Rochester, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Touring this massive fort is an incredible value, and offers an unique perspective on the history of the island, as well as stunning views of the city from many directions. I highly recommend making this a stop on your trip to San Juan.

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Green Lake, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Nice to look out over the city and port, but not that exciting on the inside. A fort is a fort. Huge, lots of walking. Amazing to think how it was built. Could have passed on seeing it.

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North Port, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Here prior to cruise to see a bit of PR. The castle was a wonderful site. A great deal of walking but not too hard. Would like to see more info posted on the rooms and buildings to help identify the usage. Remarkable engineering and construction for the times. Would have been "tough" duty with that view :-).

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Mission Viejo, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Note the entrance fee would cover both places if you visit them on the same day. Start early in the summer so it's not so hot.

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Efland, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

My wife and I were in Puerto Rico a day early for our cruise so we could explore a bit of Old San Juan. I really enjoyed touring this fort and there were great picture opportunities. The locals were very helpful in answering questions and sharing history which made it a more rewarding visit. If you have the time, I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Don't miss this fort! Awesome views and interesting history. We spent time exploring and it was a treat to learn so much about San Juan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Very fascinating learning the history of the island. Unbelievably my 4 and 7 year olds said visiting Castillo de San Cristobal and Castillo San Felipe del Morro was their favorite part of the vacation!

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Visited the old fort prior to boarding our cruise ship in San Juan. It was well worth the $5 entry fee. We took a taxi from the RC cruise ship terminal. The architecture is stunning and so are the views of San Juan and the sea. There are several levels to the fort and multiple look out points. Very picturesque... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

A must see when you go to Puerto Rico. Beautiful. Great views from this location or the shoreline and etc. Educational. Great location, near other attractions.

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Columbus, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Well worth the time, especially if you're a history buff. Small crowds. Visit late afternoon, stay for the sunset.

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