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Castillo San Cristobal Tours

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Castillo San Cristobal
Standing guard at Old San Juan’s eastern gate is Castillo San Cristóbal. Built to protect San Juan against land attacks, the ancient Spanish fort is now part of the San Juan National Historic Site. It is the largest Spanish fortification built in the New World and offers spectacular views of the bay and nearby Castillo San Felipe del Morro. 

The Basics
The massive structure, which was built in the 18th century to complement the El Morro  fortification, rises 150 feet (46 meters) above sea level and occupies most of the northeastern edge of Old San Juan. Proven to be an effective fortification, which helped repel a 1797 land invasion by Sir Ralph Abercrombie, the Castillo San Cristóbal is one of the top attractions of Old San Juan and is featured as a stop on many guided tours of the area.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable, sturdy footwear to navigate the uneven surfaces, which may become slippery if there’s a rain shower.
  • An elevator in the main entrance leads to the main plaza or the first floor of the fort; the upper levels are accessible via steep ramps.
  • Accessible restrooms and water fountains are located in the main entrance area.
  • Self-guided tours and ranger-led tours are available.
  • Service animals are permitted.

How to Get There
Castillo San Cristóbal is within walking distance of most of the cruise ship piers, about 10- to 15-minutes away by foot. You can also hop on one of the city’s free trams, which travel around Old San Juan and stop at both Castillo San Cristóbal and El Morro. Taxis are also available. Public parking is located nearby, but driving is not recommended since it is tricky to navigate the narrow streets.

When to Get There
San Juan experiences the biggest influx of tourists during the winter months, from December to early April. The time between mid-April and June is considered ideal since you can avoid the crowds, as well as hurricane season, which starts in June and ends in November. At the forts, weekends are typically busy because that’s when tourists and locals gather on the field near El Morro.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro
This neighboring fortress is generally more popular than Castillo San Cristóbal, and definitely worth a visit, especially for travelers interested in history. It was built to protect Old San Juan and the bay from incoming attacks by sea. A combination pass is available for purchase and offers entry to both forts.
Address: 501 Norzagaray Street, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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Old San Juan Segway TourCity Packages

Old San Juan Segway Tour

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Experience the old and the new in the atmospheric neighborhood of Old San Juan on this 2-hour small-group tour by Segway. Effortlessly zoom around the 500-year-old colonial architecture of this ancient neighborhood as you visit 25 of the top attractions in the area, and learn about its evolution from Spanish colony to US territory. This intimate sightseeing tour is limited to just 8 participants and also includes all entrance fees, a helmet, secure storage, filtered water and sunscreen. Please note the weight restrictions on this tour, located in the 'additional information section'.
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Unique Walking Tour through Old San JuanHalf-day Tours

Unique Walking Tour through Old San Juan

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Discover the historic delights of Old San Juan as you pound its ancient cobblestones on a 5-hour walking tour. Take a comprehensive look at the wealth of colonial landmarks in this former Spanish colony, visiting ‘La Fortaleza’ (Governor’s House), the imposing San Felipe El Morro Fort, 16th-century San Jose Church, the Ballaja Barracks and much more. As you stroll, your expert guide provides additional insight into the design and famous personalities that once inhabited this charming area.
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Casa Bacardi and Old San Juan TourDay Trips

Casa Bacardi and Old San Juan Tour

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Uncover the history of Bacardi, the world’s most famous spirits company, on this half-day tour of Casa Bacardi, and a visit to historic Old San Juan. Step inside the world’s largest rum distillery for a handcrafted cocktail and an interactive tour of the company’s history. Then move on to Old San Juan to see the San Cristobal Fort, plus panoramic views of San Juan Bay. Your visit also includes round-trip transportation from select San Juan hotels, entrance fees at the distillery and San Cristobal, and a souvenir cup.
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Private Old San Juan Momentos & Pictures discovery experience Day Trips

Private Old San Juan Momentos & Pictures discovery experience

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Experience San Juan, Puerto Rico; one of the Americas’ oldest cities on a slow paced tour specialy oriented to having you create your own ever lasting momentos and capture pictures while discovering how us, fellow american citizens lived 400 years of struggles with Spain, how we have flourished after becoming part of USA and how you can help us stop inequality a d keep being considered an alien race and uncivilized by the territorial clauses of the 1930's wich still rule us as a Comonwealth of the USA. Learn about the city’s history and must see buildings like San Cristobal and El Morro Forts, El Convento, Saint John's Cathedral and monuments like Ponce de Leon square and La Rogativa by the hand of our historians while driving it's narrow streets. After that visit new San Juan's main touristic areas of Condado where you will get to know historic landmarks and buildings in a relaxed and fun way. 
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Center of Puerto Rico Day Tour from San JuanDay Trips

Center of Puerto Rico Day Tour from San Juan

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Travel into the mountains of central Puerto Rico on this full-day, small-group tour. You are picked up at your San Juan hotel to board a 14-passenger, air-conditioned van, and along the way your guide shares an insider's perspective on the culture and history of the area. Stop to enjoy a typical Puerto Rican meal at a local restaurant; enjoy expansive vistas of the mountains from a high mountain viewpoint. You are returned to your hotel at the end of the tour.
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Old San Juan Half-Day Sightseeing TourDay Trips

Old San Juan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Discover the atmospheric streets, amazing architecture, and intriguing history of one of the best-preserved Spanish colonial cities in the world on this half-day Old San Juan tour. During your visit, see the amazing art and artifacts of the Museo de Las Américas, get a chance to explore the 500-year-old San Cristobal Fort, and experience the architectural landmarks that give this storied neighborhood its unique charm. Your sightseeing tour also includes all entrance fees, professional guide and round-trip transportation from select hotels in San Juan.
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Private Driver San JuanBus Tours

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Private Driver San Juan

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We stand out for the excellent service we provide to our visitors, our wish is that you have an incredible experience on this tour. You will determine what stops you want to make, it is your time, there will be no pressure of any kind, we want your vacation to be perfect.
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