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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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English first
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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
30 helpful votes 30 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
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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32 reviews 32 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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136 reviews 136 reviews
41 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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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