Castillo de San Cristobal
Castillo de San Cristobal
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This massive, 27-acre historic fort protecting the eastern gate of old San Juan is considered the largest Spanish fort built in the Americas.
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  • Stacey
    Dallas, Texas28 contributions
    Definitely stop by when you’re in San Juan
    I have never been happier for a flight delay than I was during my last trip to San Juan. I was there for business, so I did not have many daytime hours for sightseeing. As soon as I received the flight delay notification, I knew I was going to spend the extra time visiting this historic site. I arrived at 9:30 AM and was one of very few people visiting. The quiet allowed me to really experience the sights and sounds at each of the different parts of the Castillo. The views are stunning and the history is respectfully displayed. I took a zillion photos and was able to get in and out in about an hour. Perfect final stop before my flight home.
    Visited April 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written March 19, 2023
  • Ana D
    66 contributions
    Amazing!
    Wonderful place to visit, full of history! It costs US$10 for 24h, and you can see both San Cristobal and San Felipe Castillos. I saw many people with baby carriages here and at San Felipe, but neither of then are adapted, so it is not a good idea to use then, and it´s not very confortable for people with locomotion problems.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 26, 2023
  • Kim B
    Florida26 contributions
    If you love history...
    Ready. Set. Go! Historial jackpot! This place is huge. Although there are many historical things in the Mainland, this is still standing and a person is able to freely walk around at ones own pace. The Park Service has signs on everything so the historical significance is not missed. This Fort was started in the 1700's. You walk the same footsteps as those that fortified this location over centuries, fought to keep it, and lived their lives within these walls. You can hear your own footsteps as you walk in the tunnels; the dark, damp tunnels. You are able to see how the people lived and worked in this Fort some 300 years ago. Make it to the top and take in the expansive, gorgeous water views!!!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 27, 2023
  • djaungst66
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania489 contributions
    History-rich Landmark - Gateway to Old San Juan
    Having no expectations - was blown away with the amount of history Puerto Rico served over the centuries. Who knew? Was happy a self guided tour was offered so I could take as much or as little time at each exhibit and vista as I chose.
    Visited February 2023
    Written April 2, 2023
  • Bkbak
    Tempe, Arizona1,438 contributions
    Finally go here!
    Seeing forts within the Caribbean is an essential part of visiting the Caribbean. Old San Juan hits the jackpot with this MASSIVE fort which is just part of the overall enforcements which protected San Juan. The span of ages in which this fort was active is incredible and the history within goes into that in detail. Besides, who wouldn't want to visit this, if only just for the views!
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 2, 2023
  • parrottdize
    Dyer, Indiana2,104 contributions
    Easy walk from cruise port.
    This fort is a easy walk from the cruise port. Of course the streets are hilly, but that is the norm for San Juan. The price to get in is $10 per person......I have a N.P. pass and that let me and 3 other guests to enter (a good deal). The fort covers a large area so one can spend several hours there. Be prepared to do a lot of walking with stairs and ramps. Also it is rather hot there, so bring water with you. There are other things to do in that area such as the Plaza Colon and the capital building.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 10, 2023
  • abroadwithashley
    Minneapolis, Minnesota1,444 contributions
    Good for a quick visit
    We finished our day in old town here. It’s best to end here as the other fort is slightly more interesting. However, we could not for the life of us figure out how to access one of the levels. It looked closed, but then clearly others had found a way. Regardless, the fort is “free” considering you were likely already planning on visiting Castillo San Felipe del Morro and the ticket to one is included in the other.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 7, 2023
  • wirttravelers
    547 contributions
    Large fort to explore
    This fort is a short walk from the Plaza Colon where a lot of the taxis and shuttles will drop you off for Old San Juan. You can get in free if you have a US National Park pass and both forts are included on the same ticket. This fort has some interesting tunnels to explore.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Keith H
    Lakeland, Florida526 contributions
    Very interesting fort
    If you only have a short time in old San Juan, next to taking David’s walking tour, visiting this fort may be the best thing to do. It offers beautiful views of the coast, the old town, and the city, and the fort is full of interesting historical artifacts and educational displays. The fort itself is the main attraction.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • PelleasPhiladelphia
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania982 contributions
    Better than I even expected
    This is a very nice 90 minutes site. It’s a fascinating fort with underground tunnels and plenty to explore and imagine. The signage is great and to the point so you leave feeling more knowledgeable without too much work. The volunteers teaching kids (and adults) to create historical letters were so generous and lovely.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 23, 2023
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MichiganMelissa04
Plymouth, MI653 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
What a cool place. We got there early and there was no line but it quickly filled up. Be sure to go to the top and take a picture towards the other fort El Morro - just gorgeous. We did not so a tour but found there was plenty to read to give us information.
Written January 14, 2024
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,114 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Relatively easy to get around here with a stroller as most of it is accessible friendly. Restrooms were clean though not air conditioned. Changing station inside both male and female restrooms.

Total time needed here was about two hours, with a baby. Could probably do it all in 90 minutes if just adults. Lot of reading material on the left when you first enter and definitely interesting to learn about the history of it.
Written December 26, 2023
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PelleasPhiladelphia
Philadelphia, PA982 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
This is a very nice 90 minutes site. It’s a fascinating fort with underground tunnels and plenty to explore and imagine. The signage is great and to the point so you leave feeling more knowledgeable without too much work. The volunteers teaching kids (and adults) to create historical letters were so generous and lovely.
Written December 23, 2023
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Douglas M
Mount Vernon, ME635 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
We throughly enjoyed touring this fort and leaning the history of the area with our family and grandkids.
Written December 5, 2023
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Jessica H
Lusby, MD33 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
This was by far the highlight of my PR trip. The history of this sight is amazing. Only to be surpassed by the views. I love that I could wander around on my own versus being in a guided tour.
Written August 8, 2023
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Mark I
Boise, ID137 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
One of the oldest forts in the western hemisphere. And the technology used to build them to check. The fort really goes to show that it was an art to build a fort correctly.
Written August 4, 2023
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Keith H
Lakeland, FL526 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
If you only have a short time in old San Juan, next to taking David’s walking tour, visiting this fort may be the best thing to do. It offers beautiful views of the coast, the old town, and the city, and the fort is full of interesting historical artifacts and educational displays. The fort itself is the main attraction.
Written July 26, 2023
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wirttravelers
West Virginia547 contributions
Jun 2023
This fort is a short walk from the Plaza Colon where a lot of the taxis and shuttles will drop you off for Old San Juan. You can get in free if you have a US National Park pass and both forts are included on the same ticket. This fort has some interesting tunnels to explore.
Written July 1, 2023
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Echelon
Bloomington45 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
Visited the eastern portion of the fort on a self-guided tour. Admissions is $10/adult and starts with a bit of a steep walk up a ramp. But the effort is worth it for a mix of architecture rarely found on this side of the ocean + the amazing views of San Juan and the ocean in every direction. There are several levels to the fort, from sentry posts and expansive open areas up top to a dark dungeon below.

The tour gives you a real sense of what it was like to defend the area from naval invaders, from the numerous artillery stations, to eating/sleeping quarters. At the very lowest level is a completely modern build-out that was used during WWII as a command and control installation.

The $10 admission ticket also gives you complementary entry into Castillo San Felipe del Morro, the western fort, which I unfortunately did not get to visit. Next time!
Written May 29, 2023
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abroadwithashley
Minneapolis, MN1,444 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
We finished our day in old town here. It’s best to end here as the other fort is slightly more interesting. However, we could not for the life of us figure out how to access one of the levels. It looked closed, but then clearly others had found a way. Regardless, the fort is “free” considering you were likely already planning on visiting Castillo San Felipe del Morro and the ticket to one is included in the other.
Written May 7, 2023
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