Fort San Cristóbal

Photo Credit: © Erik Larson CC BY

Finished in 1783, Fort San Cristobal is the largest fort the Spanish ever built in the New World. The fort's gates completely sealed of Old San Juan from the rest of the island, protecting it from an attack by land. It staid in tact until 1897 when part of the wall was demolished so that traffic could flow more freely. Today it is a popular destination for tourist looking to explore Puerto Rican history.


Visitors will be able to climb the walls of the fort and get amazing views of the city, as well as read from information signs that will give you insight to the forts and Puerto Rico's colonial past. Since much of the fort is still in tact, guests will be able to see more of this fort than most others.

Staying Close

Those wishing to visit Fort San Cristóbal may choose to book their trip on Viejo San Juan, as guests staying in this part of Puerto Rico will have convenient access to the historical site during their visit. Though the area isn't a massive tourist destination, you'll nevertheless find a sizable number of lodgings to choose from.

Hotels near Fort San Cristóbal
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Da House Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.4 km) WSW
CasaBlanca Hotel Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.4 km) SW
Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) SW
Hotel Milano Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.3 km) WSW
Fortaleza Guest House Guest house 0.3 mi. (0.3 km) WSW
Sj Suites Hotel Hotel 0.4 mi. (0.2 km) WSW
The Gallery Inn Hotel 0.5 mi. (0.3 km) W

Location and What's Nearby

There is a small collection of close-by alfresco options to enjoy while you are not taking in Fort San Cristóbal. Historic site visitors with a keen interest in golf will surely enjoy heading over to nearby Fort Buchanan Golf Club. Free moments can also be enjoyed at Escambron Beach, the closest beach. Although you might find your options limited, one or two other similar opportunities in the sun exist in the area. You will also find multiple other local attractions in this general area. Just a short distance away you will find two additional interesting sites nearby you may want to check out--Ateneo Puertorriqueño and Spanish House.


Operating Hours

You might want to give the site a call in advance to determine the exact hours of operation.


For price of admission, call Fort San Cristóbal ahead of time to determine how much, or if they charge.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (787) 729-6777

Location: Calle Norzagaray, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico



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