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“Amazing Fort”

Castillo de San Cristobal
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Private Old San Juan Walking Tour
Ranked #4 of 198 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
“Amazing Fort”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

We were impressed with the Spaniards design of this fort -- they were very advanced in their defenses, with tunnels, booby-traps, etc. Makes some of the U.S. forts built in the 1700s look rather lame in comparision. If you have a chance, take the 20 minute ranger orientation tour -- lots of information packed into a short amount of time.

Visited December 2012
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Wonderful views. Ramps are hard to navigate for older folk. One large dark tunnel but a great adventure overall. Lots of great history and ocean views. Looking out makes your knees weak.

Visited January 2013
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Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Neat fort, lots to see!”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

This was a very large fort (much larger than El Morro, it seemed). There were some very beautiful views of Old San Juan from many different areas. There were also some nice displays talking about the fort and the history of Puerto Rico and San Juan. We paid the $5/person for entrance into both El Morro and San Cristobal, well worth the small cost! My husband was delighted to get stamps in his National Parks Passport as well!

Visited January 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Wow! So interesting!”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We were amazed by both forts. I would really recommend touring both forts- it is only a few dollars each, and they are both a little different. It only takes about 15 minutes to walk between the two forts, and you can see the old cemetery and the big grassy area where people take their kids to fly kites on your walk.
There are awesome places to look out over the water, and lots of old artifacts to see. Even if you aren't much of a history buff, you can't help but be amazed at the architecture.
Wear comfortable walking shoes- there are plenty of stairs in both forts. There is a short video that is worth watching before you start out.

Visited January 2013
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Moose Jaw, Canada
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“Not to be missed”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

This was a simply amazing experience. To be able to walk around in a fort built over 400 years ago is a very awe-inspiring experience. The displays inside the fort were well set up and allowed us to learn a lot about the history of the Spanish's efforts to hold on to control of San Juan for over 400 years.

Visited January 2013
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