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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
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Calle Norzagaray | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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All reviews san cristobal entrance fee self guided tour beautiful fort national park lots of history history buff 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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I enjoy Forts and Castles so it's no consolation that this Fort would be a must see. It was definitely not a disappointment. It is amazing to think that people actually survived in the prison portion of the Fort. Also amazing that this Fort could...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RoyceJoggerst
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

San Cristobal has a very interesting layout and history that makes it unlike other sites, including El Morro. I found walking around the many levels alone to be extremely rewarding, and the placards made self-guided discoveries easy. I can't emphasize enough how strange the layers...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank josephhN8646LB
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited here while walking the old town. We were able to use our Senior National Park Cards, so saved the $7/pp admission. It was a pretty good fort, courtyards, wall, ramparts, rooms, storerooms, etc. A couple of guns and cannonballs. There was a nice...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Gatorgolfer
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Beautiful Fort to visit, overlooking the ocean it was spectacular. All the tunnels, rooms, turrets, and Saint Barbara were wonderful to investigate and visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank annd708
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were so excited to come see this magnificent piece of history, unfortunately, because of the government shutdown, we could only see the outside. It was still magnificent to walk around due to its sheer size. We hope to have the opportunity to come back...More

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

Learn about the history of the fort, why it was built and how many wars were fought by many who tried to conquer this beautiful Island. Great theater that tells you the history you ever wanted to know about it's heritage and its people.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank magtino711
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I stayed in San Juan after a cruise and decided to walk Old San Juan. Along the way, we experienced wonderful views along the coastline. There was minimal damage from the hurricane evident so they have done a fantastic job rebuilding the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Benzboy06
Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured Castillo de San Cristobal as part of our Fortresses of San Juan excursion. If you have the option, I would visit this one first and then El Morro so it does not seem underwhelming. This fortress does not have as many levels as...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank silverbrook
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Historical and impressive Spanish Fort! Great ocean vistas. Lots of walking well worth visiting. Really enjoyed it!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bima01
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of walking at this fort -- but definitely worth the effort. Beautiful views for picture taking.

Date of experience: December 2018
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GerardoCamacho
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.
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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.
DannyBoy920
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".
jkw2765
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.