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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  • abroadwithashley
    Minneapolis, Minnesota1,474 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 May 2023
  • wirttravelers
    552 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 1 July 2023
  • Keith H
    Lakeland, Florida529 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 July 2023
  • PelleasPhiladelphia
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania996 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 December 2023
  • GeneralShamu
    New York City, New York1,114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Morning visit w/ a stroller
    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.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 December 2023
  • MichiganMelissa04
    Plymouth, Michigan653 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful view and really cool fort
    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.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 January 2024
  • GinnyK
    Choctaw, Oklahoma13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful historic site
    Easy walk from cruise ship piers. It is uphill some of the way. We docked early morning do the fort was not open yet but we were able to walk around the grounds. The scenery is lovely. It’s worth the walk to look at the ocean from this historic site.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 March 2024
  • David S
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom1,751 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    INTERESTING
    Not too far to walk from the cruise port. Great value entry, both castles (this and El Morro, quite a bit further away) for $10 is excellent. Great views and lots of interesting stuff to see. Particularly liked the use of the informative boards scattered around.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 March 2024
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msc363
Washington DC, DC34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Really interesting historical site with beautiful vistas. We enjoyed the informational signage and learned a lot. It was great to walk around and enjoy the scenery too. The gift shop was nice as well.
Written 11 April 2024
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David S
Middlesbrough, UK1,751 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Not too far to walk from the cruise port. Great value entry, both castles (this and El Morro, quite a bit further away) for $10 is excellent. Great views and lots of interesting stuff to see. Particularly liked the use of the informative boards scattered around.
Written 22 March 2024
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GinnyK
Choctaw, OK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Easy walk from cruise ship piers. It is uphill some of the way. We docked early morning do the fort was not open yet but we were able to walk around the grounds. The scenery is lovely. It’s worth the walk to look at the ocean from this historic site.
Written 9 March 2024
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MichiganMelissa04
Plymouth, MI653 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 14 January 2024
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 26 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

PelleasPhiladelphia
Philadelphia, PA996 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 23 December 2023
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Douglas M
Mount Vernon, ME639 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We throughly enjoyed touring this fort and leaning the history of the area with our family and grandkids.
Written 5 December 2023
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Jessica H
Lusby, MD33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 8 August 2023
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Mark I
Boise, ID138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 4 August 2023
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Keith H
Lakeland, FL529 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 26 July 2023
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