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Castillo de San Cristobal
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Private Old San Juan Walking Tour
Ranked #4 of 201 things to do in San Juan
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This massive 27-acre series of fortifications is the largest the Spanish built in the New World.
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“you have to go!”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Absolutely fantastic piece of history. I was blown away by this place it is beyond my scope of imagination that this could have been built so many years ago and still stands.

Visited November 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“This is the better of the two forts for kids/elderly”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

This part of the fortification, as opposed to El Morro, is better for those who have a difficult time with stairs, as there are less of them. I would highly recommend if you have kids or have a disability that you come here and take in the views. I still would not miss visiting El Morro, but getting to level 6 or level 1 over there would be difficult. There is also more guidance and information present here than El Morro. I imagine this is the more commonly visited of the two, since it is a long walk to the second and this has the parking.

Don't forget to visit the outer fortification, where you will likely be greeted by iguana friends who have taken up residence all throughout the outer area. It is also less crowded and provides a great view of the city from there. You almost feel as if you're exploring on your own.

Visited November 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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33 reviews
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“Great for kids and adults alike”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

Great site - definitely worth visiting. How often do you get to see an old fort that was used by Spaniards centuries ago and then by the US in World War 2.

Visited November 2012
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“An unforgettable Day!!!”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

The beautiful atmosphere, the breathtaking views and The Ocean breeze together with the opportunity to learn about the famous Puerto Rican Painter named Oller made our day unforgettable! The learning experience began when we walked to The White House ( Museo Casa Blanca) to see where Ponce de Leon's Family lived while in office. We were amazed at all the artifacts that depict those times. We also went to a workshop, one of a few being conducted there. It was on art projects and We chose the hands on lesson on the famous Puerto Rican Painter OLLER. We recieved a book the bio. of the painter, some handouts and a backpack to put it all in. It was truely an unforgettable day.

Visited November 2012
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

I enjoyed the tour! My family & I walk through & then took the trolley to El Morro. You pay $5 a person to visit this & El Morro for the week. It was a great experience for us.

Visited November 2012
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