Castillo De San Cristobal, San Juan

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Castillo De San Cristobal - A Quick Overview


Address: Calle Norzagaray | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico.

Phone: +1-7877296777

Ticket Price: 5 USD

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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About Castillo De San Cristobal, San Juan

Known as Fort San Cristobal, it is the largest fortification in San Juan and comes under one of the monuments of San Juan National Historical Site. Although the order to build it was given as far back as 1625 its construction began only a century after in 1765 and was completed in 1783. The Spaniards were attacked countless times by the English and the Dutch and San Cristobal proved as a staunch fortress which defended all attacks until the late 19th century during the Spanish American Wars. The tunnels inside the fort, the sentries, and the armed walls prove to be an interesting visit and offer a peek inside its history. There’s also a point, a sentry box known as The Devil’s Guerite which is ripe with legends of disappearing soldiers. Although inaccessible to public, it can be seen from the upper part of the fort.

Castillo De San Cristobal Information

  • Disable friendly, except for the lower levels in Castillo San Felipe del Morro.

Castillo De San Cristobal Ticket Prices

  • Children under 15 FREE
  • Parking fee is $2.00 per hour.
  • For a detailed list of Annual passes and reservations, refer website.

Castillo De San Cristobal Opening and Closing Hours

  • Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
  • For a detailed list of activities, refer website.

How To reach Castillo De San Cristobal by Public Transport

  • Free trams numbered 1 to 26 are available throughout the city every 15 to 20 mins.

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Castillo De San Cristobal, San Juan Reviews

  • It was interesting, but expect a lot of walking and climbing stairs. I would not recommend this place for people that are not physically fit.

  • Wonderful experience. It's a must when visiting San Juan. Only $7 for individuals over 16. Free for those under 16 .

  • A magnificent structure. Considering how it was built. This is an engineering marvel, a colossal structure that was constructed over more than a century. Rocks and sand from the coast it resides on. Well preserved the world over can learn lessons from its history. Thank you for preserving this place in time.

  • The fee to get in is minimal and worth it if you enjoy history. There's no guide's, just various signs explaining the different parts of the fort. There were very few people there when I was there, which was nice. There's also basically no restrictions where you can go, which is very different from the typical American ruin/park, which was enjoyable. Lots of iguanas.

  • Absolutely beautiful. Costs $5 to get in but that gets you into both forts. I have no problem paying it because the place is amazing. They have tours but we opted to just explore on our own, which is what I highly recommend. They basically let you free roam the entire fort with zero restrictions while providing historical plaques with fun educational notes all around. Breathtaking views from the lookout towers and gun batteries with a coastal breeze makes this a must do. I will say it is a steep walk up a hill so for older people or people with small children I would recommend getting a taxi to the entrance. Oh, and did I mention, iguanas just walk around everywhere!

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