I love historical sites. My brain wanders off straight away. What happened here? Who was standing at the very same spot that I am standing on 200 years ago? There is truly some sort of magic with places that have an old and rich history. Follow us into fort San Cristóbal and explore this ancient fort.
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Castillo San Cristóbal
The fort is a National Historic Site in San Juan. There are several places that are included in that. Another one is the fort “El Morro”. But first up is the fort of San Cristóbal. You pay a five dollar entry and then you are free to wander around. It is a huge place and it sometimes feels overwhelming due to its size.
There is so much to explore here that I believe that you could spend the whole day just wandering around. The fort was built by Spanish to protect the city from attacks. It was finished year 1783. Today you can see the old parts mixed with some newer parts. To this day this is the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World.
Enjoy the breeze and view
After passing tunnels and dungeons I recommend you to take a seat. Watch the cruise ships as they offload thousands of tourists and feel the breeze against your skin. It is warm in Puerto Rico and the fort is close to the ocean so enjoy the cool air that reaches you. Meanwhile you also have really nice views over the city of San Juan. We recommend that you don’t rush it while here – take your time and explore.
There is a dungeon with old paintings that is a must see!
Information about Castillo San Cristóbal
Opening hours: Daily 09.00 – 18.00
Address: San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
Entry price: 5:-USD.
There is no need to make reservations, just go there because the area is really big so you will most likely be able to enter the place.