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Fort of San Juan de Ulua

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Address: Veracruz, Mexico
Phone Number: 2-938-5151
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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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Really cool!

Beautiful fort, amazing views. We were lucky enough to have a great guide who told us many stories of the building and people who resided there. If you go without a guide, you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
cweems4
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful fort, amazing views. We were lucky enough to have a great guide who told us many stories of the building and people who resided there. If you go without a guide, you probably won't get as much out of it, but there is a book for sale at one of the little kiosks in front that gives a good... More 

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Yorktown, Virginia
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An interesting stop, it was a good place to wander around and learn about the history of the port. There were plenty of signs and features to support a self-guided tour.

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Thank HeinyVT
Stonington, Connecticut
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Bring a good camera, lots of batteries or charge, as you will easily shoot hundreds of photos here. I've never seen anything like this. Our guide (Guillermo at Arenas) was soooo knowledgeable and that just added to the experience. Costs next to nothing to get in, but go early as they close early. And don't forget the camera!

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Thank WendyPerez
Merida
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192 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This fort needs a guide to tell its unique history. We brought ours or would have missed the many stories the old walls told. (I didn't see guides at the entrance.). Barring that, some signage would help. Interesting juxtaposition of the old with the modern - large cranes lifting sea containers.

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Thank kehoedds
Xalapa, Mexico
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49 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is in the midde of the port. It was important for the defence of the city and the harbour but now is deserted

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Thank bruno123452015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an important part of the history of Veracruz and it is worth a visit. It is best to book a tour with a guide.

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Thank A Eunice L
Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

If you want to enjoy the place, hire a tour guide, other than that you will only see walls, and that's it. Guides are affordable at the entrance of the place, there's no power inside the place, so try to attend early in the morning, and don't buy any food or drinks before entering the Fort, they won't allow them... More 

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

This fort was very creepy but cool and the history behind it was very interesting. The way prisoners lived there was horrific and it felt weird like the air was heavy. Overall an excellent experience if u like that type of stuff.

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Singapore, Singapore
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Great historical place, full of content and right outside the city center. Really a place to visit if you are in Veracruz.

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Thank Nic0Mari
Monterrey, Mexico
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I loved this place! Def. worth a trip and make sure you get a tour guide. The fort is entirely made of live brain coral, its pretty neat! You also learn about the people jailed in this fort and some interesting facts on how inmates were treated.

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