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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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Love, love, love it!

I travel to San Juan every year with a group of high school students. The first year we went, we only planned for an hour or two visit to el Castillo. We ended up staying... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I travel to San Juan every year with a group of high school students. The first year we went, we only planned for an hour or two visit to el Castillo. We ended up staying somewhere around 5! It was incredible! We asked for a tour (It was a little dull, but complimentary and informative). The sights are absolutely breath... More 

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Great fort, smaller than the other better-known fort. They still let us in at dusk, and wandered till very dark. No lights, but fun to explore some of the hidden pathways. Great views of city and water. No barriers or hand rails to mention like you find in the states. Beware with children, they could hop up and fall right... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Very large and great photo opportunities. Also the pass to get in was good for 7 days and included Morro as well.

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Round Rock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The views from the top were breathtaking..we really enjoyed the historical aspects of our tour too! Lots of walking! Loved it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Beautiful place! A must see! Nice scenery to take lots of pictures, A little steep to walk to the top but once your'e there it is very beautiful and very big!

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The whole island of old San Juan is a fort but the actual fortress buildings are worth a look especially if you can get a guided tour to really understand the history. A short visit was sufficient for me but others could easily spend a day there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This old fort was largely the same as it was for the last 600 years. There was a lot to see and the entrance fee was $5.00 and well worth it. It was easy to imagine how the fort stood unchallenged for 400 years as a Spanish possession. There were movies and guides if you desired to take advantage of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

This absolutely majestic landmark is an obligatory visit when in SJU. Superb construction that has whistand the passing of time and the elements. Gorgeous views as well. Take your time to enjoy all it has to offer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This fort is considered the smaller fort but it is very large and in my opinion more impressive than San Felipe del Morro with more interesting architecture. Also was much less crowded. Really felt that you good run into a real pirate while walking through the fort. It is only 5 dollars to enter and this covers both forts. It... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I though slightly less interesting than Morro but still really interesting with great photo ops. Keep your receipt (unlike me) and you won't have to pay again to see both. Good idea for life when it was active and well preserved.

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