Located on the northeast corner of Old San Juan, Fort Cristobal is one of the largest fortresses ever built in the Americas. ... More
Fort San Cristobal
Located on the northeast corner of Old San Juan, Fort Cristobal is one of the largest fortresses ever built in the Americas. Construction commenced in 1634 and the fort was redesigned in the 19th century. With its impressive walls reaching over 100 feet above the crashing waves, its primary function was to guard San Juan against land attacks. San Cristobal is attached to El Morro by colossal walls filled with cannon-firing positions. Daily free tours are offered in English and in Spanish.
We visited the Fort of San Cristobal in August of 2007. It was a wonderful experience. The view from the top of the fort is gorgeous. We visited in August, so it was very hot outside and also inside some parts of the fort, which made it uncomfortable to view the inside rooms. However, overall it was a great experience, and we enjoyed visiting a historical landmark and learning about its history.
Great price, very friendly staff. Only $3 per person to see one fort, $5 to see both. Self guided. Bring a camera! Gorgeous views of the blue ocean and Old San Juan. The girl at the desk also was very helpful in giving advice/directions to places.
San Cristbal is a fascinating experience. Two years ago I went on a cruise that finished in San Juan. Our flight was not until the late afternoon and the royal Caribbean offered several walking tours, I am disabled and picked the least strenuous.
When you first walk into the the fort you can feel the over powering feeling of age and permenence. The guide was very in tune with the place, and was able to transport me back to the time of each event,and we were also given timeto explore on are own. I was particularly taken with a cell that occupied by a pirate that had some hoew during his captivity managed to draw a picture of a ship in the gloom of his cell. After we had left the fort I was sitting in the square of old San Juan and there was a parade with women in period costume and soldiers there were speeches in Spainish and firing of the old style weapons. After it was finshed one of the soldires took time to explain the significance to me. He told me that the trrop of soldiers was exclusive to Puerto Rico, and that the officers were commisiioned. It was a fascinating learnig experience and I can't wait to go back and shre ti with my boyfriend.
San Cristobal is as lovely as its sister, El Morro. They both share a wall that once surrounded the city. There are a few things to see in this fortress that were not seen in El Morro. The view from the top is different and the structures are different as well. I suggest you get the package deal when paying admission - which isn't much - to see both fortresses. You won't regret it!
It was so full of history and being Puerto Rican, it was nice to learn a bit about our history.
I had a lot of fun but you may want to rethink a stroller. There are a lot of steep hills and it is very hot. You'll be doing a lot of walking. Bring a small cooler with water if you can cause the water is expensive, but cold.
The view is beautiful so make sure you have a camera. It was worth the time and the money! I would recommend it to anyone as long as you know it is pretty much an all day thing to go see San Cristobal and El Morro.
My husband and I visited here a few years ago as a stop on our cruise. We loved it so much that when we decided to take a cruise in Jan 2006 with our kids that we picked one with San Juan as a stop so we could go back. We thought that the kids would just love this, however we noticed after we booked our trip that they close at 5PM and that is the time the ship comes into port. So it looks like we will miss out on visiting it. We were so looking forward to showing the kids (four in ages 5 - 14) this old and interesting piece of history. It's good for everyone to see how things were and how far we've come in development. Hope that the hours will change in 2006 and maybe we can still visit it again!
I will say about this what I said about El Morro....Great history lesson. Only 5 bucks to get into this and El Morro. My son got his booklet about the fort and went exploring! It is beautiful at night...i took the best pictures there at night.
I loved fort san cristobal. it was one of the most interesting things to witness upclose. The sheer size of the walls and the beauty of the ancient engineering was great. i still can't believe they could build something so perfect and large in the 1500's. It is a masterpiece of engineering even by today's standards!!
You have got to go in the dungeon and feel the spirits of the past go through you.
It is a must see!!!!!!!
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