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Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana
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A great history behind this fort

The history of this fort and how they drew a chain across the harbour mouth at night to protect... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jack K
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Brisbane, Australia
Very good

This place is huge, it's like a city. There are some places inside that you can stop to eat or have... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

The history of this fort and how they drew a chain across the harbour mouth at night to protect themselves from pirates is amazing. I don't think anything has been changed since they built it except you can now buy cigars and Rum in the shop. There are also craft shops outside where you can deal to buy souvenirs and don't believe that the locals don't take US dollars . They do and in most places

Thank Jack K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is huge, it's like a city. There are some places inside that you can stop to eat or have a drink. It was fun to walk through and take in the history and strength of the fortress, also learning how it was used after the Revolution as well

Thank BrendaW2410
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is fun to explore however again not worth staying her longer than 1hr. The cannon show was good as well. The history of knowing what happened is better than the visit though, especially if it is a hot day as there is not much to do there. There are lovely views here.

Thank ap1209
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The castle is located across the narrow water way from Old Havana. It is the largest castle in Cuba and one of the largest of the Spanish Empire.

It is in very good condition and has wonderful views of Havana.

There are not many exhibits. But, it does have many of the old canons and a great catapult.

There are no signs/explanations. So, it would be better with a guide.

It is a 10 cuc ride from Old Havana. I would suggest a one way ride. There were many taxis waiting on the castle side. It takes some time to walk and the other castle is very good to explore as well.

The castles open at about 10:30 am. There is an entrance fee. Great sunset pics from this area.

It also displays an interesting collection of more modern weapons, just past the castle.

You can buy rum and cigars in the specialty shop. It was too crowded with tourists. But, my driver said it had the best prices - you might want to look into it.

Interesting and recommended!!

Thank MichaelH6811GY
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Reviewed September 29, 2018

This is the second of the two castles on the headland.It was built next to the original castle to repel invaders and offers great views of Havana.At nine o'clock every night a cannon fires,it is very loud!!! if you get there early there is a ceremony of sorts but don't worry if you miss it,not that impressive.On the way to the castle wall for the cannon ceremony you will pass a lot of vendors selling the usual odds and ends.Worth a visit for the nighttime views.

Thank willtravel6062
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Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

All we could think about was shoot the canon already. We were close but actually watched it from the 50 iPads from people on each other’s shoulders.
Seriously the pomp and circumstance is ridiculous. However the grounds are beautiful, great views of Havana and the water. I’d take your time to walk the grounds and skip the show. If you do only want to see the show arrive close to shooting time (8:30). If not come early just to wander. Easy to get cabs to/fro.

Thank Jonesy2013
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Reviewed September 13, 2018

Entirely interesting for history buffs. Original cannons and walls. Rum and the 'longest cigar' shop on site. The day we went there was a lively salsa band playing - they were wonderful; support the arts and drop them a few CUC or buy their CD.

Thank BellaTavares
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Reviewed September 13, 2018

Worth seeing. Go at night to see the cannon fire and sunset. The performance of 18th century soldiers firing the cannon is slightly amateur. Stunning spot for sunset. Worth paying a buck to go onto the balcony and getting a fee soda. If you are on a budget only combine a visit with this and the Castillo on the headland if you bring a picnic dinner -> perfect for sunset; otherwise very expensive eateries in the vicinity.

Thank AbitCrisp
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Reviewed September 10, 2018

We took a taxi to this area. We were able to see Old Havana from this area. Great place to take pics. There are some souvenirs you can buy here as well.

Thank Amarys R
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Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

Very impressive in its size and history and a lot of free reign to explore the fort. Great views of old Havana and can see the Capitol building, José Martí structure and much more all in the same picture. The free reign over the fort Is great as can do a lot more exploring than most forts/castles around the word, however to its detriment people have used some of the alcoves and stairwells as toilets and there is a great deal of Human excrement about. Stick to the main parts and you should be okay. Wouldn’t let children go off too far without seeing here they are going purely because of the sanitary levels in parts. Toilets are provided on site however they were closed when I passed them.
Worth a visit for the history and the views.

Thank markm555
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