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San Juan de Ulua

Veracruz, Mexico
2-938-5151
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Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, San Juan de Ulúa and Veracruz City Sightseeing
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Veracruz City Sightseeing Tour Including San Juan de Ulúa Castle
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Visitors can tour this impressive fort, which Hernán Cortés built to deter pirate attacks.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“tour guide” (4 reviews)
“historic fort” (3 reviews)
“great guide” (3 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Veracruz, Mexico
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"tour guide"
in 4 reviews
"historic fort"
in 3 reviews
"great guide"
in 3 reviews
"take your time"
in 2 reviews
"world history"
in 2 reviews
"information boards"
in 2 reviews
"interesting facts"
in 2 reviews
"old port"
in 2 reviews
"early days"
in 2 reviews
"coral reef"
in 2 reviews
"interesting place"
in 3 reviews
"well worth the visit"
in 3 reviews
"great history"
in 2 reviews
"worth a trip"
in 2 reviews
"prison"
in 16 reviews
"pirates"
in 9 reviews
"walls"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our second trip to Veracruz and we decided to go to San Juan de Ulua this time. We took the two-level very touristy looking open air bus from the malecon. It turned out to be a great choice and saved us some money. My husband...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Old fort with great views and even more foto opps, not expensive and they have guided tours, very interesting. fun, but take water or you will die, water is for sale at the entrance, but nowhere inside!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Do you like and enjoy history? This is a great tour revealing the Great History of México. Take a hat with you or don’t complain later. Nice place and great view of Veracruz docks.

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Reviewed 28 April 2018

A fantastic historic fort/prison on a scale that is tough to comprehend. Built mostly of coral on a huge scale it is impressive to say the least. It is a timecapsule of early days of historic Mexico. A must for people interested in historic Mexico...More

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

You wont enjoy as much as if you ger a guided tour. The place is full of history ir is worthy to listen to it from someone that knows.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

We took a taxi to get here, 90-100 pesos each way, 60 peso entry per person. Walking there would be unreasonable. An amazing complex with many stairwells, nooks, & crannies to explore. We arrived 2 hrs before closing and had just enough time. Several souvenir/snack/beverage...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

Was exploring the historical area of Veracruz and came to the main tourist shopping area with all the tour buses and found a company that offered transportation and guide to this fort/fortress. Bus ride back and forth and about 2 hours at the fort/fortress was...More

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

Aside from providing a great vantage point for looking back at the port of Veracruz, a visit to this fort/prison allows one to REALLY feel the HORRIBLE travails of various figures in Mexican history. It also provides a good sense of how the Spaniards first...More

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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

If in Veracruz city it is a must you visit this site. Make sure to get a guided tour so you can really get the full experience and story behind the Fort and Prison. Several Mexican presidents and ex-presidents lived both in main house and...More

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Reviewed 21 August 2017

We went on a tour bus with 45 people, 3 people needed a wheel chair and the place does not provide this type of equipment with people with disabilities. The Tour guide was outstanding she knew history by heart and puts a lot of enthusiasm.

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cindy d
2 April 2015
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Response from ricardo-s-serrano | Reviewed this property
The best and fastest is to ask your hotel front desk. Alternatively, visit the Veracruz Tourist Office ( google it in advance for location and opening hours ) - there should be NO problem in finding an English-speaking tour... More
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