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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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If you want to see some great Veracruz history then this is worth your time. Admittance is free on Sundays, so it can be very worth you money too. There are both group and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Veracruz, Mexico
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Veracruz, Mexico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

If you want to see some great Veracruz history then this is worth your time. Admittance is free on Sundays, so it can be very worth you money too. There are both group and private tours, in both English and Spanish. Or you can walk the fort on your own. It's rather large and, all things considered, one of the... More 

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Beijing, China
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79 reviews 79 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I think this is the only Mexican prison I really fell in love with! Chucho "El Roto" story is an amazing example of the daily live of people from this city during XVII-XVIII centuries. This fort is very similar to those i have seen in Philippines and Macau.

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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72 reviews 72 reviews
30 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This is by far my very favorite place in Veracruz. Have you ever seen a fort made out of coral? This is it! If you enjoy ancient historical buildings this is a most. I enjoy every single room.

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Arlington, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Visited the Fort of San Juan de Ulua when I was very young and I have great memories, can't wait to return and have my kids experience it.

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Wissembourg, France
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54 reviews 54 reviews
3 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Indeed the industrial activities around the fort is not nice. However this is really worth the visit. We saw that some renovation are on going. I hope that it will continue. In any case worth the visit

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We booked a ride for 150 pesos each on an open topped bus. Our guide spoke not a word of English and there were no interpretive signs. In and out of these dungeons for one hot and sticky hour. After all was said and done, we really had very little clue. Had to get home to find out about it.... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Well worth seeing. The history behind the fort is amazing and you learn so much. How it was built and how Veracruz began to exist.

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This was a really nice experience, we had a tour guide who was nice and gave us all the interesting information about this place´s history, it was great!

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New York
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96 reviews 96 reviews
44 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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109 reviews 109 reviews
35 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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