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Castillo San Fernando de Bocachica

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Address: Bocachica, Isla Tierra Bomba, Colombia
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interesting fort and nice school kids program for us

We were on a Crystal Cruises excursion that included a visit to the Castillo San Fernando de Bocachica. Not only was there a group of kids who welcomed us as we entered the Fort... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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37 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on a Crystal Cruises excursion that included a visit to the Castillo San Fernando de Bocachica. Not only was there a group of kids who welcomed us as we entered the Fort, but they also performed for us. Be careful of the peddlers who try to sell you stuff. Learn the phrase "no gracias" very quickly.

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Thank RickandGinny M
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

I decided to go here as I thought it was quieter than some of the other islands. The ferry was cheap and I was the only tourist on the boat going there. When I arrived and asked the way to go i was pointed in the direction of a bunch of youths on motor bikes that were the taxis. I... More 

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Thank Susanna26
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Would seriously recommend not to go here. The village does not feel very safe and people are constantly trying to scam you. This starts straight away at the docks in Cartagena and doesn't stop till you get off the boat back in the city. The fortress itself is not that impressive or well maintained, barely any information is provided. Definitely... More 

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Thank Jan1341
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52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

It's free. That's the end of the good part. The swarming of the "guides" is a nuisance. Most of their information is clearly made up. George Washington did not attack Cartagena in the 12th century. Walking the fort by yourself would take about 30 minutes and you would not miss anything. Skip this save your time and money for something... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

We go to Cartagena every year in January or February to visit family. While we are there, we usually do a couple of "touristy" things. This year I brought my 15 year old daughter with me, and we travelled with my parents (my mom is Colombian and my dad is Canadian). On January 25, 2016 we went to spend the... More 

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Atlanta
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343 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

This is the largest of any Spanish fortress. Built to intimidate the boldest of buccaneers, it was designed to protect the riches of gold, silver, and gems that the Spanish plundered throughout the Americas. Enjoy several leisurely hours as you explore. Stop inside a tunnel and clap your hands—that echo would instantly alert the defenders of your approach. Hint: lots... More 

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Thank MarJan6861
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

So happy I visited this place!! It's not just about the Fortress itself, it's the island Bocachica!!! Such an amazing place!! I would definitely recommend to visit there and to enjoy walking in the streets!! We found a local guy beside the ferry station in Cartagena and he came with us all the way to the island and took us... More 

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Thank Mohammad N
Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015 via mobile

Pretty neat tour. This super Fort isn't as super as I thought it would be. I'm sure lots of Hollywood actors have bigger homes nowadays but it is hundreds of years old I guess. The views are amazing however and if you're a history nerd you'll like the tales. Audio tour comes with a crummy device with even crummier headphones,... More 

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Thank KonradAndrelunas
London
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13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015 via mobile

Our hostel recommended we come here instead of playa grande as its way more peaceful and 'authentic' and were so glad we did, though I think we would have been a bit lost without our hostel owner helping us out - he told us how to get there (go down to Bodeguita pier and pay 6.000 pesos plus the tax... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

For all those wondering about this location, please don't go. I know it's nice to help people in need and there're a lot of poor people in Cartagena who might need your help, the problem is that sometimes they don't know how to approach to you to ask you for money and it becomes a bit annoying after you have... More 

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