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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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Old San Juan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
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Ranked #3 of 95 Attractions in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Owner description: This massive 27-acre series of fortifications is the largest the...
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Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This massive 27-acre series of fortifications is the largest the Spanish built in the New World.
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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

You only pay $5.00 per person to get in and you not only get to see this fort, but it gets you in to San Felipe as well. Great history, amazing views... and you even get a fee trolley ride to the other fort.

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Corvallis, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed visiting Castillo de San Cristobal, along with Castillo El Morro. You can visit both in an afternoon if you're ready for a lot of walking and the sun. As many other reviews state, the sun can be brutal and there are not a lot of breaks from it. There are some great views along the coastline though,... More 

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davenport
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Very neat. Allowed to walk and explore on your own. The kids loved the dungeon and the look out towers.

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new york
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

maybe we have seen too many historically sites as a family--excitement dwindled with the heat--if you go here first you really don't need to see el murro--good thing the cost is only $ per adult.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I visited this site as part of a small tour of Old and New San Juan. The driver was extremely knowledgeable and added brief commentaries about each stop we made, including this one. having been built centuries ago and once completely encircling the 15 miles that made up Old San Juan, this fortress was used right up through WWII before... More 

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Houston, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I've been here as a kid, but now was even better. They opened a lot of sections that were restricted in the past. I was with a friend who was visiting for the first time and he was stunned and impressed with the fortress. We walked all the way to the Capitol inside the fortress, that was awesome. The fortress... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Was a bit disappointed with this fort. El Morro was a lot more interesting to visit. The sun can really be brutal, so wear sunscreen and hat, and buy some water. Some good photo ops, but better at El Morro.

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Sparks, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

We had a day in port in San Juan and toured this fort. We enjoyed learning about a different historical time period. Lots of room to walk around, not too crowded. Good interpretive signs.

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

It was a great experience. The history is very interesting. Be prepared to sweat. It is very hot. The views are great from here.

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Haines City, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Better wear your walking shoes and make sure your camera batteries are charged, because you'll need both! This old fort is massive with many elevation changes. The vistas are stunning. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, but it's hot, so pace yourself and plan on 2-3 hours to properly take it all in.

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