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Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana

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Address: Havana, Cuba
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An enormous fortress that fires its cannon every night.

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This is a must visit place. It has a lot of history and beautiful sightseeing. There is a famous cañonazo at 9 pm.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Judith M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must visit place. It has a lot of history and beautiful sightseeing. There is a famous cañonazo at 9 pm.

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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came for the 9pm canonazo ceremony on a night that quickly turned rainy. This made the views and wandering the fort more challenging and meant we saw less. I do wish I could have seen it in daylight. There was a no re-entry policy on the tickets, so if you want to see the canonazo and see the fort... More 

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Windsor, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did not do the tour, but only shopped at their souvenir shop at the encouragement of a guide. We found the best prices for rum, coffee and cigars here, far and away better than any resort shop. Totally legit as it is a government store. They take Visa if purchasing more than 100 CUC worth of goods, which is... More 

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Longwood, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Like many caribbean forts, it has cannons and a moat, interesting relics and antiquities. A beautiful view. Lots of diesel smog from the buses and cabs below. We paid three cuc each to get in with the promise of the use of the restroom. Once we were in, the other employees tried to stop us from using them saying they... More 

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Astoria, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

La Cabaña is close drive from Old Havana, on the other side of the Bay. Every night at 9 pm sharp the perform a colonial tradition to shoot an old cannon to announce the closing of the bay and the city gates in yonder times. Admission is 8 dollars (cuc) be an hour early or you will not see anything.

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Huntington Beach, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's worth the taxi ride back and forth to watch this nightly ritual cannon shot over the city-great night view over the city

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went there on our last morning to walk around. Affords excellent views of the city at dawn in particular. Easy to get to by taxi.

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Bayside, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The show starts around 8:20 PM. The cannon gets fired at 9 PM. It is explains through entertainment when it was built and how long it took. The charge is 5 cucs.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This fort is very large in well laid out with some very interesting architeture beggining with the tunnel going in.

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Salamanca, España
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This is the biggest fort in Havana and maybe the nicest. I am particularly fond of forts, so I visited several in Cuba... and this was particularly. Apart from the "fort part", you also have stunning views from Havana. They also have several small museums/exhibits/shops so you can enjoy some time there. Several tips: - take a guide, they are... More 

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