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

Fort San Cristóbal is located on Viejo San Juan, ensuring those visiting this part of Puerto Rico will have convenient access to the historical site for the duration of their trip. There is a reasonable selection of lodgings in the region around 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

You won't have a hunger problem if you linger at this historic site; you'll find a plentiful supply of restaurants within traveling distance. The most frequented nearby eatery is Blizz Frozen Yogurt, which sells eclectic food. It is only around a few hundred yards away from this landmark, so grab a table and peruse the menu. Also near Fort San Cristóbal you and your group will find options like Cafe Berlin and Caficultura where you and your companions should eat some Spanish food and experience the Puerto Rico culture.


Operating Hours

You might want to call the venue ahead of time for their operating hours.


If you need to know the price of admission, you should call Fort San Cristóbal before your visit to determine how much they charge, or if they do at all.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (787) 729-6777

Location: Calle Norzagaray, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico



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