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Castillo de San Cristobal

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Address: Calle Norzagaray | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787-729-6777
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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This massive 27-acre series of fortifications is the largest the Spanish...

This massive 27-acre series of fortifications is the largest the Spanish built in the New World.

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San Juan Historic Tour: Fort San Cristobal and Ruin of Caparra

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If you like history this is a must see!

My husband and I walked around this massive fort and had a great time! We both love history and learning about the fort was fascinating. The view from the top is breathtaking!!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I walked around this massive fort and had a great time! We both love history and learning about the fort was fascinating. The view from the top is breathtaking!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Be prepared to walk. Lot of history. Parking if available is $2.00/hour. There is a trolley stop right at the entrance. Guided tours are only on the weekends. The movie explains the history of the fort. Great views. Staff was friendly and professional. Go early as parking any where in old San Juan can Be a problem,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Well I was impressed with the first fort El Morro but was even more impressed with San Cristobal! So much history and we marvelled at the engineering of the place! This is a must see!

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Thank Holly D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

🍥 Spectacular views from level 3 and awesome history throughout. Bring a camera! Dress light, though, and drink lots of water. It's hot and there's a lot of walking. The tunnels are cool! We missed most of the guided tour through the tunnels, but I think it would be a great venture.

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Thank Mandy B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

There is a $5 entrance fee but the views are great! It is within walking distance from the cruise port. Make sure to check out the lighthouse!

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Thank Melissa K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit, $5 gets you in but also covers you at El Morro. Lots of steep walking but amazing views. Make sure you walk the tunnels, which are kind of spooky and dimly lit to see the dungeons. Very cool.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There's so much history in PR that the castles are a great place to start. We didn't use a tour but there are signs everywhere to read and understand. The castles were very cheap to visit ( $5 / each ) but that gets you into both castles. We used Uber to get there from Isla Verde and it was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Entrance to the park was $5 and this also gets you into the castillo san felipe del morro so its good to hit both places in the same day so keep your receipt! Views up and down the coast are awesome, well worth it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For a small donation you are wecome to travel to the past and connect with the caribbean history. This place has the combination of a well mantained fort and a modern museum. You could take a tour to the history and experience what the soldiers experince in the past.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Castillo de San Cristóbal is the largest military structure built by the Spanish in the Americas. The design is ingenious and follows a model known as "defense-in-depth." The castle is comprised of several layers, each walled and stoutly fortified to frustrate and slow an enemy not once, but several times. A walk through the fort shows off its unusual... More 

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