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 those staying in this part of Puerto Rico will be pleased to have easy access to this historic attraction during their time there. There are a fair number of lodgings in the neighborhood surrounding this historical site.

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 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

Lively explorers might also be charmed by the region because of the possibility of outdoor activities. Travelers who are interested in showing their ability on the green, will want to do so at the most convenient option, which is Fort Buchanan Golf Club. Many hours can also be spent at Escambrion Beach, the closest beach. Happily, at least two other outdoor opportunities remain in the surrounding area. You will also find multiple indoor places to visit within a reasonable distance. Not far away are two additional interesting places nearby to visit--Ateneo Puertorriqueño and Olympic House.


Operating Hours

You might want to call the venue before you visit to get their hours of operation.


For price of admission, call Fort San Cristóbal beforehand to determine if they charge, and if so, how much.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (787) 729-6777

Location: Calle Norzagaray, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico



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