Castillo de San Cristóbal

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Key Info

Calle Norzagaray

Price & Hours

$5 for adults
9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily

Details

Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.1

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Spanning 27 acres, Castillo San Cristóbal was built to protect Old San Juan from land attacks. It doesn't receive as many visitors, or as much adoration as its sister fortification, El Morro, but recent visitors are equally amazed by the majesty and significant history of the site. Allow several hours to visit both sites.

The fort's stellar shoreline views (not to mention the occasional iguana) draw travelers to the sprawling site. Though the fort tends to draw crowds (especially cruise ship passengers), recent visitors said that due to the sheer size of the complex, touring San Cristóbal never feels cramped.

Both the Fort San Cristóbal and El Morro dominate the San Juan Harbor, making up the San Juan National Historic Site. You should plan to stop by San Cristóbal on the day you visit El Morro, especially considering that you can pay one fee for access to both sites. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission costs $10 for visitors 16 and older; children 15 and younger visit for free. Visit the National Historic Site's official website for more details.

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