I haven't been to all the forts in the world, but I've been to quite a few in the US and Caribbean. This is the best one I've been to. First of all, it is enormous, with very tall walls and many large tunnels. The views are spectacular. It is surrounded by coastline nestled in the corner of Old San Juan Island and allows you to view the varied ocean and bay from various hights. It isn't the oldest fort I've been to, but it is of course very old, and it has a very ominous rustic feel to it. It would make a great setting for a Lord of the Rings movie. There is also an old cemetery next to the fort. The cemetery is full of tombs above ground. Some are in disrepair, which offers eery peaks inside. The walk is treacherous. There are many uphill walks and there is a lot to explore. If you have the energy, go to the other big fort on the other side of Old San Juan. It is fantastic too, but not as great. If you only have time for one, do this one. Our small children barely made it through the smaller fort. We let my wife's parents take them back to the cruise ship and we explored this fort without them. Also, try the free public transport available all over Old San Juan.
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