Castillo De San CristobalCurrently Closed
- Address: Calle Norzagaray | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico.
- Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-7877296777
- Ticket Price: 5 USD
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Historical Site, Monument, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Fort, Tunnel
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.
- Disable friendly, except for the lower levels in Castillo San Felipe del Morro.
- Children under 15 FREE
- Parking fee is $2.00 per hour.
- For a detailed list of Annual passes and reservations, refer website.
- Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
- For a detailed list of activities, refer website.
- Free trams numbered 1 to 26 are available throughout the city every 15 to 20 mins.
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95% of people who visit San Juan include Castillo De San Cristobal in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
67.81% of people start their Castillo De San Cristobal visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Castillo De San Cristobal
69.01% of people prefer walking in order to reach Castillo De San Cristobal
I really enjoyed visiting this fort and would visit again. It's a very short walk from cruise terminal like 5 minutes. If you're cruising the brief walk is well worth it. The excursions are typically almost 50 bucks. It only costs 7 to get in, under 15 is free, they should have seniors rate or free too. We enjoyed the views and reading all the information inside this historic site. Great place to visit on Port day.
Wonderful place to visit we spent several hours here and still didn't see it all. It is well maintained. It is a lot of walking and stairs and hills to climb to see it all. We can't wait to take our kids back next time. Great views from the top of the city. Iguanas were running all around in the yard areas.
It was neat. We could only spend an hour there, but we love national parks and wanted to support it. We enjoyed what we saw and explored. Really very beautiful. Crazy to think about them building structures like there before modern machinery. Fun to learn about secret tunnels and dungeons. if you have a few hours it is definitely worth exploring.
My 9 and 11 year old grandsons really enjoyed this visit. The canon and guard towers were huge hits. They also saw many iguanas which were almost as special as the fort itself. The historical displays are very well done and a walk to the dungeon is a must do! Don’t bother with a taxi from the ship. It is an easy walk even though it is uphill. You won’t make it using a wheelchair or walker though. Remember to take your National Park pass for “free” admission. There are 2 bookstores which also have cold drinks available. From this fort walk uphill to the right and visit the cemetery and the next fortress.
What a great way to spend an afternoon. Lots of helpful Park Rangers to answer any questions and tons of placards to help you understand the historical significance of various objects. Buying a ticket here will also get you into the other fort, El Morro, located at the tip is the island.