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Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana

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Address: Havana, Cuba
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8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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An enormous fortress that fires its cannon every night.

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We actually visited here during the annual book fair. The event makes interesting use of the various rooms in the fortress. The book fair is part cultural event and part county... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
ptesche
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Guelph, Canada
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Guelph, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We actually visited here during the annual book fair. The event makes interesting use of the various rooms in the fortress. The book fair is part cultural event and part county fair with rides to entertain kids. One shocking aspect was the amount of garbage visitors left behind including food and drink containers thrown everywhere. This seems like no way... More 

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Niagara Falls
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went to the Castillo during our last visit to Havana. There are canons, so much history and the architecture is beautiful. We really loved to see the skyline of Havana across the river. We didn't go to the museum but just walked around the grounds and enjoyed the beautiful views.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst many people seem to think that the cannon firing occurs at El Morro, it's actually this Castillo where the 9pm shooting happens. It's next to El Morro across the bay from the historic old area of Havana. This means you need to get an expensive cab (for some reason 25 CUC one way!) or the ferry for a contribution... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here as a stop off part of tour and was impressed with the amazing views. There is a lot of stairs up and down you have t climb to get to the top to get a decent photo. There is also a museum you can go around and pick up information.

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St. Pete Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

time has been great to this awesome location to remind you of the greatness the island used to be and will be soon

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go in the evening to see the military parade, capped off by the firing of the canon. Get there early. Bathrooms were a challenge. We took taxi after dinner in Havana, had issues finding taxi back; they overcharged us because they knew we had to get back to the city. But that's the tourist game. We still had fun doing... More 

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are many forts to see in Havana. This fort is one of the top forts to visit. The military museum inside is an added bonus. It is a quick walk from the Morro fort. Both can be easily visited together. The views of Havana Vieja are great.

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This I dare say is on all tour guides stops but on saying that the views are amazing and a great photo opportunity as you can see both old and new Havana. Cigar shop inside is extremely busy when buses are in, we waited until we went walkabout in Havana to purchase cigars.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

acces by taxi (5 CUC) or by ferry (2CUC) from south of the cruise ship terminal (good classic car watching from here). We never found any information on it but kept asking until we got on the right boat (pay on entry). Keep going up to Jesus then walk past the fort and the entrance is on the far side.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

This is a must visit place. It has a lot of history and beautiful sightseeing. There is a famous cañonazo at 9 pm.

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