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This massive 27-acre series of fortifications is the largest the Spanish built in the New World.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Calle Norzagaray | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
+1 787-729-6777
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All reviews san cristobal entrance fee self guided tour beautiful fort national park history buff lots of history great history breathtaking views take your time free trolley great place to visit cruise ship walk around old city dungeon castle
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is the other part of the fort. Interesting and well documented. There are great views and some of the rooms are set up as per period. There is a long tunnel in one place that kids would love. There are quite a few stairs...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank marilyntraveller_57
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful surroundings. Attend a ranger led tour, it's more informative and educational when what you are seeing ties in with the history.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Violetferrari
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a beautiful and old castle with 20th century additions. Great, open walking areas and colorful displays. $7 gets you into all parks so keep your receipt.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank coreyl197
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The site is well preserved and the history is well documented - the biggest European fortification in the Americas. History is well documented Well preserved and the history is fascinating, considering the site was used during world wars. A must for history and military buffs.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CPad615
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great way to enjoy local history. Nicely maintained and clean. Don’t need a tour unless you want to know all the little ‘tid bits’. Parking is easy, getting there is a bit of a walk but beautiful. Recommend getting to the castle early in the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank yruhullah
Reviewed 1 week ago

Occupied by US forces right up to 1961 this ancient fortresss commands an imposing position overlooking the harbour. Massive gas proof steel doora at the exit are left over from the most recent US occupation as is the concrete director tower at the top. Narrow...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful views of the water. Know that you will have to walk (more like hike) up the streets to get there.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank littlejewlia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a beautiful castle! On the day we went they were preparing for a wedding in one of the courtyards. The grounds were immaculately kept. The tour guides were great and the attendant in the small cafe was beyond helpful. He gave us more...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Janice L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great History and Architecture. You only need to pay once at the Castillo or mortto and your ticket works at both places. Don't pay twice!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank krympays
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

No need to pay for a tour unless you want all the details and secrets. The enormous size of this can’t be seen from outside. Once you get inside you realize it’s sooo big. It goes on and on and on. Wear your walking shoes!...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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March 20, 2018|
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Response from Gotoguy23 | Reviewed this property |
The Sheraton is down by the marina. You will need to walk about 10 minutes, mostly up hill. If you have no mobility issues, it’s a nice walk.
Barbie D
December 31, 2017|
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Response from RagdeEdgar | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend the stroll, as others have, if you depart from the San Juan Bay dock. Nevertheless, take a Uber when in heavy rain or extreme heat.
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November 15, 2017|
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Response from JoshtheTravelG | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry, I am not currently in Puerto Rico at the moment. I know power has returned to a few places within Old San Juan - so that's a start. Sorry I couldn't be more help. I'm not sure when the National Parks will open. If... More
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Kim H
Poway, California
confused--San Juan National Historic site (3 Replies)
Is the San Juan National Historic site the same as Castillo De San Cristobal or El Castillo San Felipe Del Morro? Any clarification would be helpful, thanks!
October 24, 2013|
Response fromnytoparis|
The SJ National Historic sites refers to the forts San Felipe del Morro (known as El Morro) and San Cristobal, plus the city walls.
Green Bay, Wisconsin
My Itinerary...opinions and tips please! (8 Replies)
Day 1 - Land in SJ at 3pm...estimated check in at hotel 4pm...in Condado Before sun down, will I have enough time to visit San Felipe Del Morro and Castillo de San Cristobal? Day 2 - Rocaliza half day tour...Visit Ocean Park Beach after...and enjoy the night away with some tequila! :) Day 3 - Thinking of doing an early food tour...maybe Spoon Food Tours or Flavors of San Juan Food and Culture Tours. I was thinking a food tour will give me insight/experience of Old San Juan and a...More
November 05, 2014|
Response fromnytoparis|
Day 1. Both forts close at 5pm. If you are not checking bags, you can expect to be in Condado about 4pm. There is rush hour traffic, so anything goes. Each fort will take no less than 30min, and they are a 15min walk apart. The rest is fine. You do have limited time and are not renting a car, so that limits ypur options. Btw, sunset is at 6pm during "winter".
Stuart, Florida
Transportation Question (3 Replies)
How long does it take to get from the Pan Am Pier to Old San Juan and how much does a taxi cost? We are only going to be in town for one day prior to a cruise and I would like to see El Morro and Castillo de San Cristobal. The boat doesn't leave until 9 pm and we get in at 1, so would you recommend trying to do that? Thanks for your time!
November 01, 2009|
Response fromSunMoonStars|
Do it, you;ll have plenty of time to visit the forts and discover old San Juan. The taxi's fare will cost around $12, it's a fixed rate. It will take not more than 10-15 minutes to get to OSJ. Wear comfortable shoes or tenis. The streets are clobbed and the fort's floor is somewhat uneven.