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Fort of San Juan de Ulua

Veracruz, Mexico
2-938-5151
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Ranked #4 of 18 attractions in Veracruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Castles
Description: Visitors can tour this impressive fort, which Hernán Cortés built to deter pirate attacks.
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Austin, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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81 reviews 81 reviews
44 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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California Hot Springs, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Ajijic, Mexico
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Make sure you have your walking shoes on because there is just one beautiful historical site after another. Recommend as a must see if in Veracruz.

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Tampa, Florida
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117 reviews 117 reviews
32 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

A well-preserved piece of Veracruz history found just outside of centro historic. You will have to get there by taxi, bus, or city tour bus. The cost varies but average is less than $5 transportation and less than $5 entrance fee per person. Guided tours are available but I found they only have Spanish tours. However after you pay your... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Museum has a great collection of items from Aztec Culture. Also most of the traditions of their time explained in English. Just opens up your eyes to what they did so many years ago.

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Chihuahua
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

If you are someone who appreciates history and architecture, then you must visit this place, the whole fort was built of coral! The history behind it is incredible, you can still taste and feel everything that has occured here! Take your time and wonder around by yourselves!!!!

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Dallas TX
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32 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

The fort was build in the 1600's and has seen all kinds of action. It was originally built on a sand bar and completely surrounded by water. It not only acted as a protective fort but also as the storage area for all shipments of everything from sugar cane to gold and silver back to Spain. It has experienced a... More

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