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“Bring your walking shoes!”

Castillo de San Cristobal
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$70.00*
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San Juan Historic Tour: Fort San Cristobal and...
Ranked #7 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 August 29, 2013

My family & I visited the forts while in Puerto Rico. It has gorgeous views. Lots of history. Join one of the tours if you would like to hear all about the history. I personally would recommend walking shoes or sneakers. There are numerous steps to take and lots of walking to do. The fee for adults is $4 and children 15 and under are free. The walk between the forts is about 20-30 minutes depending on how fast you feel like walking. For those who do not feel like walking there is a free trolley which comes about every half hour. The trolley also goes all through Old San Juan in case you want to sight see.

4  Thank Janel R
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

We visited this fort when our cruise was in port for the day since my 5 yr old son is fascinated with castles . It has breathtaking views and is quite amazing that it is still in tact after all these years. You can also see El Morro the other fort for a very reasonable cost (under $10 for 4 of us to see both). They are both on the same road and you can walk between the two about 20 mins. or wait for the free trolley that seemed pretty frequent though it said up to a 20 min wait. It is a lot of walking involved up hills and steps so runners are a must. We chose to walk up from our cruise ship and on the way we saw all the statues and monuments that the tours were stopping at and after seeing EL Morro we walked down through the shopping district back down to the ship. With the proper footwear and lots of water it was a nice place to explore on foot as it is very beautiful, lots to see and many pictures to take.

2  Thank L C
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

A Beautiful and historic sight which is a must-see while in San Juan. Entry costs 3 dollars for adults. The views of the ocean and photo opps are fantastic. Don't forget your bug spray!

2  Thank Nicole V
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

We were not sure if we wanted to make the drive from Rio Grande into Old San Juan. We were so happy that we did.
The forts, El Morro and San Cristobal are amazing. We highly suggest you see both forts and get there early in the morning to beat the heat. Well worth the small admission price.

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Reviewed August 28, 2013

This place might not look that impressive when walking up to it, but that's because the interior and side facing the sea is the real attraction. We came to visit on our honeymoon, and came here instead of El Morro because we've been there a few times (and it's always overrun with people) and my husband has never been to San Cristobal.

Gorgeous views, nice breeze, and we spend at least 2 hours exploring the tunnels, rooms (check out the prisoner drawings) and walking the grounds.

It might be a little much for the elderly or disabled (or not as amazing, since the most beautiful views are the hardest areas to walk to) but it is definitely worth the trip anyway at $3 pp.

Bring a lot of water and sunblock. And hold onto your kids, the edges aren't all protected from falls.

3  Thank JustACasualReviewer
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