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Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana

Opens in 30 min: 08:00 - 23:00
Open today: 08:00 - 23:00
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The best views of Habana

High on a hill you get a fantastic view of Havana harbor and the city. Close by is the house of Che... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Massive and Old

We went there at night to see the firing of the cannon. Nice experience with all the soldiers in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Houston, Texas
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An enormous fortress that fires its cannon every night.
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Reviewed 4 days ago

High on a hill you get a fantastic view of Havana harbor and the city. Close by is the house of Che Guevara. Go for the fantastic view and a walk around this parK.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JoelH618
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there at night to see the firing of the cannon. Nice experience with all the soldiers in the uniforms from the early days of the fort. It is well preserved and the size of it was surprising.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GKP46
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The history of this fort and how they drew a chain across the harbour mouth at night to protect themselves from pirates is amazing. I don't think anything has been changed since they built it except you can now buy cigars and Rum in the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 24 October 2018

This place is huge, it's like a city. There are some places inside that you can stop to eat or have a drink. It was fun to walk through and take in the history and strength of the fortress, also learning how it was used...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BrendaW2410
Reviewed 23 October 2018

this is fun to explore however again not worth staying her longer than 1hr. The cannon show was good as well. The history of knowing what happened is better than the visit though, especially if it is a hot day as there is not much...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ap1209
Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

The castle is located across the narrow water way from Old Havana. It is the largest castle in Cuba and one of the largest of the Spanish Empire. It is in very good condition and has wonderful views of Havana. There are not many exhibits....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MichaelMc777
Reviewed 29 September 2018

This is the second of the two castles on the headland.It was built next to the original castle to repel invaders and offers great views of Havana.At nine o'clock every night a cannon fires,it is very loud!!! if you get there early there is a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank willtravel6062
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

All we could think about was shoot the canon already. We were close but actually watched it from the 50 iPads from people on each other’s shoulders. Seriously the pomp and circumstance is ridiculous. However the grounds are beautiful, great views of Havana and the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jonesy2013
Reviewed 13 September 2018

Entirely interesting for history buffs. Original cannons and walls. Rum and the 'longest cigar' shop on site. The day we went there was a lively salsa band playing - they were wonderful; support the arts and drop them a few CUC or buy their CD.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BellaTavares
Reviewed 13 September 2018

Worth seeing. Go at night to see the cannon fire and sunset. The performance of 18th century soldiers firing the cannon is slightly amateur. Stunning spot for sunset. Worth paying a buck to go onto the balcony and getting a fee soda. If you are...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Evelyn L
24 August 2018|
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Response from Winedoktor | Reviewed this property |
Hello: And Don’t forget to say a prayer or thoughts for the thousands of killed people by the Fired Squad of the Robo-lution and it’s Murderers headed by Che Guevara. A lot of them die screaming “Viva Cristo Rey!”.
26 February 2018|
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Response from drmikenyc | Reviewed this property |
Well, it is Cuba! Can't just dial up Uber. (Though you can rent a casa particular via AirBNB! Go figure.) This is just a guess based on observation: There are always people around, lots of them, including cab drivers... More
Craig M
20 July 2015|
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Response from TourGuide-Manager | Reviewed this property |
7 CUC is the entrance fee to La Cabaña and it allows you access to all museum rooms in the Castle, the chapel and any temporary art and arms exhibits. La Cabaña opens at 9:00 a.m. and it closes at 6:00 p.m. Please note that... More