Fort San Cristóbal

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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

Consider staying on Viejo San Juan if you plan on visiting Fort San Cristóbal, as visitors to this area of Puerto Rico will have easy access to this historic attraction during their visit. Though the region isn't home to tremendous numbers of tourists, that doesn't mean you won't find a dozen or so of accommodations to pick from.

Hotels near Fort San Cristóbal
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Da House Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.4 km) WSW
Cervantes Hotel Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.4 km) SW
Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel and Casino Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) SW
Chateau Cervantes Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) SW
The Pineapple Inn Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.3 km) SW
Hotel Milano Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.3 km) WSW
Fortaleza Guest House Guest house 0.3 mi. (0.3 km) WSW

Location and What's Nearby

Active vacationers may additionally be engaged by the area because of the ample availability of open-air options. Historic site guests who would also like to work on their golf game can do so at the nearest course, Fort Buchanan Golf Club. Long days can also be enjoyed at Escambrion Beach, the most close-by beach. However, while these options may be the easiest to get to, there will still be several similar recreation options. Guests will encounter a variety of other interesting places to get away from the sun within a reasonable distance. Located only a short distance away are another pair of alluring attractions close by--Ateneo Puertorriqueño and Olympic House.


Operating Hours

The opening and closing hours for Fort San Cristóbal are not readily available, meaning your group's best option is phoning ahead of time to make certain the site will be open during the time you and your group mean to visit.


Show up at this landmark with plans to pay the price of admission, which your party can nail down by phoning ahead.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (787) 729-6777


Location: Calle Norzagaray, San Juan, Puerto Rico


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