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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 #4 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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dallas tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

San Cristobal was very interesting. The fort is in good condition and it was interesting and educational to read the signs about life at the fort. The fort is spacious and well taken care of. They have tours but we didn't take advantage ot it, mostly because i was worried about my toddler's behavior. It turned out nice, the teens... More

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Chicago, IL
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Rich history and beautiful views. A hit with small children as well as adults. Not far from El Morro and both can be done in one day. Be sure to take advantage of the free trolley that stops at several popular tourist spots in Old San Juan. And bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We went right after San Felipe del Morro and found it to be more of the same but without the views or the amplitude. Tunnels are cool but not worth the time to do two forts in the same day. Also found it to be less friendly in terms of facilities. People working in the store were not very friendly.

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Another great place to see while in Old San Juan. San Cristobal has an underground tunnel level where you're able to see an area where a captain was kept captive for many years, along with other levels/areas.

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Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Beautiful fort with many areas to explore, the views of the city are stunning! There is a $5 dollar fee for adults, kids under 15 are free and the fee includes access to El Morro. The fort is very well kept and they offer a lot of information on the history of the island. The rangers are very helpful and... More

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Bronx, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

what a must see !!! if you read this please visit Castillo de San Cristobal. You would enjoy it. but please have an umbrella close by . HOTTTTT

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

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

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

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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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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