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Fort of San Juan de Ulua

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Address: Veracruz, Mexico
Phone Number: 2-938-5151
Description: Visitors can tour this impressive fort, which Hernán Cortés built to deter...
Visitors can tour this impressive fort, which Hernán Cortés built to deter pirate attacks.
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Worth the trip.

Nothing is labeled! So do a tour, or read up beforehand. Considering that nothing is labeled, the admission is a bit steep. BUT once you know what's what, it's worth the trip to... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2014
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New York
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97 reviews 97 reviews
44 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Nothing is labeled! So do a tour, or read up beforehand. Considering that nothing is labeled, the admission is a bit steep. BUT once you know what's what, it's worth the trip to see the slimy prison cells, storage cells, presidential palace, cannons, views, and 100 year anniversary exhibit of tossing out the U.S. Gotta cab it from downtown if... More 

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Milan, Italy
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Get into this fort and experience history first hand ... its thick walls have contained prisioners of relevance in Mexico's colonial times ... a must visit also when in the city of Jarochos ...

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129 reviews 129 reviews
34 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Veracruz history starts here. The beginning of the Spanish conquest of Mexico its vividly presented in a walking tour.

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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Being on this kind of building really makes you think really hard on how difficult was back then, and at the same time, how resourceful those builders were!, This is a must visit while being down in Veracruz, you won't regret it!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

If you've ever built a fort in your living room using pillows, sheets, blankets, chairs and the like, you will REALLY appreciate the architecture. This grand facility is a testament to the days of things being built to last. I had a great time poking around and taking pictures. Photos don't really do the place justice in terms of scale... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I did enjoy visiting San Juan de Ulua. It is worth to pay a guide. Patricia was really nice and charged 20 pesos per person. Plan to stay about 1 hr 30 min average and bring sunscreen!!! The entrance is 48 pesos per person. Students, senior citizens, and teachers don´t pay but a current ID is needed. You can buy... More 

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Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

It's a great visit into the emblematic history of the first port of Mexico at the Spanish conquest ... it's quite interesting to visit and you can find guided tours at a good price ... don't forget to bring water and sunscreen ;-) Sundays are free admision for everyone !!!

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We expected a fairly small fort, but we spent at least two hours, and did no get to see all of it, there is also a site museum, it is on the second floor of one of the newer buildings, make sure to take a guided tour at the entrance. well worth the visit and its easy to get to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Nothing not to like. Very old and historical site. They even let me in for free because I was over 60.

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boise, id
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

we had a great guide (in Spanish) for 20 pesos. it really added to the experience as there isn't much documentation in Spanish or English throughout the fort. Be sure to take water, a snack, and sunscreen! We took a taxi (60 pesos each way) from the malecon across from La Gran Peruccia café.

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