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“Excellent View”

Castillo de San Cristobal
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Private Old San Juan Walking Tour
Ranked #4 of 202 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.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Excellent View”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

I went here on a tour that took us to Bacardi Rum Factory and Old San Juan. They charge $3 at the door and the US Department of the Interior maintains it. First, you go up the stairs or take the elevator. All of a sudden, you're outside and can see the parking lot and a few more places. You walk to your left, enter a dark tunnel, pass by a dungeon, and then come out into the courtyard. All the rooms have something different and local artisans are selling their goods. The third floor has the best view of Old San Juan and the Atlantic Ocean. It's was worth the sight. I recommend it.

Visited December 2012
Thank Steve C
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San Bernardino, California
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“Beautiful View”
Reviewed December 14, 2012

Great location to take photos. Be prepared to walk and climb a little. Very beautiful and full of history

Visited December 2012
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Bristol, CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“More Than Just a Fort”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

At the Castillo de San Cristobal there is many exhibits from the time of the Spanish occupation. In addition there is also a watch site from WWII. This fort is much easier to get around if you have mobility issues. There are several benches for those who need to take a moment and enjoy the feeling of the fort. The guides are excellent and happy to share their knowledge of the fort and its place in history. We recommend you see this fort before visiting El Morro.

Visited November 2012
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Austin, Texas
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Another great fort in Old San Juan”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

Really enjoyed our travels in and around this old fort. The history was fantastic. Loved seeing the iguanas that roamed around the grounds and on the walls.

Visited December 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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“Beautiful and highly educational national monument”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

We were in San Juan just for a couple of days before our cruise and rented a hotel in Old San Juan only because of the proximity to both forts. Park rangers showed us majority of the castle, reminded us the history of America explorers and role of Puerto Rico in world history, and quized our kids for their knowledge. One of the rangers was very kind - she told us about Saturday's morning tour to the fort's underground corridors and even kept a spot for us next morning for this tour. We had an opportunity to see this engineering masterpiece from inside - amaizing that it was build about 350 years ago, not surprising it was never taken by the enemies!
The views from the fort are amaising - both the sea and city will give you a lot of opportunities for calendar quality shots.
If you'll notice any bullet-like holes in one of the walls of the second level - ask your guide or any park ranger: you will be amaized by their answer about origin of such holes...

Visited February 2012
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