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“Great History and Inexpensive Sight!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Castillo de San Cristobal

Castillo de San Cristobal
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Private Old San Juan Walking Tour
Ranked #4 of 195 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.
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Great History and Inexpensive Sight!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

There is no reason to not stop by Castillo San Cristobal while in San Juan. It is right on the edge of Old San Juan so you can tie it into a day of sight seeing or a outing at one of the great restaurants. It is just a fort so don't expect anything over the top, but the history and the sheer enormity of the structure make the trip and small fee well worth it!

Visited November 2013
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“Perfect for our photoshoot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2013

Love the architecture especially the windows, arches and roof top where you can see all the water and town views.
Worked well for our photo shoots with our group.
Note, it does get busy when the cruise ships dock and the tourists come through.
Tip: you can pay like $5 for access to together castle down the road.

Visited November 2013
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Boston, MA
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“Best $3 I ever spent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

Loved that it was so open and interesting, and you could wander around, and the views were spectacular. History was made interesting at the Castillo de San Cristobal. :-)

Visited November 2013
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Newport News, Virginia
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“Welcome to New Spain”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

San Cristobal is one of the lesser known great forts of Puerto Rico, ironic to know that's its also the largest fort in the New World, built by Spain over a period of several hundred years. San Cristobal allows you explore its entire grounds, several acres in size and even dive into its deepest underground prisons, where you witness wall paintings of certain doomed Spanish prisoners. It is younger than its well known sister fort, 'El Morro' but it offers equally exciting attractions. Visiting the fortification at sunset was absolutely stunning. Viewing the Old San Juan district clash against the new, in a pristine sun setting background was jaw dropping. Iguanas naturally populate the grounds as they welcome the fresh air from the ocean. Certain walls and garitas have time stamps engraved on them, ranging from the 1700's to the present day where certain of Puerto Rico's urban youth have decided to carve their legacy. There's simply so much to see and appreciate here and that you must visit both forts in a day. There's actually a special discount if you venture both fortifications in a single day, and each are within walking distance of each other. Enjoy and appreciate the historic beginnings of the New World here.

Visited October 2013
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Leesburg, Virginia
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“Not as big as El Morro, but beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2013

We went here first before El Morro and it was pretty amazing to look at how they built this. I know it's part of history, but the additions/changes made during WWII were ugly. I felt like those changes took away from the beauty of the place, but it's still a must see. The tunnels were incredible to think about how they used them and there history. I would highly recommend going here before El Morro or you may be disappointed. The staff here was VERY helpful and actually recommended a fantastic restaurant for us to eat lunch.

Visited November 2013
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