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“A Mighty Fortress”

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.
Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A Mighty Fortress”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

This place was a favorite during my visit. The vast size and space was unbelievable. The different levels, stairs, and tunnels provide endless areas to explore. I recommend watching the short video offered before you venture around. It will give the history that will make the Castillo de San Cristobal much more meaningful. I could not stop taking pictures. Truly Spectacular!!

Visited July 2013
Thank Diane B
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Las Cruces, NM, USA
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“Better than El Morro - worth several hours”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

There are two major Spanish forts in old San Juan. El Morro gets the press, but the Fuerte (Castillo) de San Cristobal was much the more interesting of the two, holding our attention for 1.5 hours. The multiple levels, tunnels, recreations of soldiers' quarters, battlements, and informative texts give one a great sense of the history, down to the level of the individuals. Amusing: one honored personage was Alejandro O'Reilly (spelling?), really Alexander, who helped the Spanish against the British. He was Irish and had a well-merited beef against the British - need I say more? The staff are hard-pressed to maintain all their services of upkeep and providing information, given the sequestration debacle, but they are a great crew.

Visited June 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“My all time favorite forts”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

As my kids would say, I can't go anywhere without finding a fort to visit. The two forts were so cool even the kids liked it.

Visited July 2013
Thank Keith S
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Valparaiso, Indiana
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Beautiful old fort, lots of history, breathtaking views from every angle. If you can only go to one of the forts, though, I would choose the National Historic Site. Only because it is older and the first site you will see on tv of Puerto Rico.

Visited April 2013
Thank Ramirocheryl
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Roswell, Georgia
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“wow, so much history!”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

This historical site is beautiful with million perfect picture opportunities, it's super inexpensive (get a combo ticket to see the second fort - you will have 7 days). We spent there at least 2 hours, I wish we waited for the tour guide but nevertheless - we enjoyed it so much!
Very well kept, beautiful historical site! A must visit!

Visited July 2013
Thank Ekler
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