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“Beautiful piece of history”

Castillo de San Cristobal
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San Juan Historic Tour: Fort San Cristobal and Ruin of Caparra
Ranked #4 of 203 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.
Reviewed February 22, 2013

We visited in Feb 2013 and really loved the view from the top. The are signs posted everywhere that give you the historical information relating to Castillo. Definately worth visiting while walking around Old San Juan. Not sure you need a guided tour to get the full experience though. Visitation to both Castillo De San Cristobal and El Morro is very economical- $5 for both which is valid for 7 days and kids under 15 are free. Because of this, we were able to visit El Morro on another day. All in all it is a nice addition to the full San Juan experience.

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Very interesting fortress with many various levels and areas. Tunnel with dungeon where graffiti of ships on the wall add another dimension to the history of the place. Similar to El Morro, but distinctive too... I'd recommend taking the time to visit both, but on different days. The free open top train type tram goes to both..

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Nothing really fascinating.... Both San Cristobal and El Morro lacks historic displays. Although, it's nice to know about the history. 30-45 min trip would be good enough.

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

One of the highlights of a recent Carnival cruise was our stop in San Juan where we spent several hours exploring many parts of the impressive Castillo de San Cristóbal. Both my wife and I enjoy history (we met in a History class at the University of Windsor) so it was a great experience to tour such an impressive historical structure, although modern modifications and repairs detracted somewhat from the generally historic look and feel of the fort.

The fort was an active military installation until 1961. For the last 52 years, it has been operated by the US National Park Service and, since 1983, has been designated by the UN as a World Heritage Site.

Admission to the fort, which includes talks and tours by Park Service staff, is an incredibly reasonable $3.00; $5.00 if you want to tour both San Cristóbal and it's big brother: Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Plus there's a free trolley/shuttle that circles Old San Juan and stops at both forts. What more could you want?

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Spent a few hours visiting this site while on cruise and San Juan port-of-call. Very interesting and some beautiful views. Not the best way to kill some hours with small children (unless they love learning about Spanish-American War!), but all in all a decent time. And not a far walk from cruise ship docks.

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