Part of the San Juan National Historic Site
Castillo San Cristóbal, a magnificent fortification and one of the most visited historical attractions in Puerto Rico. The history is intriguing. Its architecture is commanding and the views are breathtaking from every angle. This castle’s courtyard is also where many couples from all over the world fulfill their dream of a fairy tale wedding. Castillo San Cristobal is the largest fortification built in the New World. Even if you’re not a history buff, you’ll really enjoy touring this must-see attraction of the Western Hemisphere with such historical importance that it is a UNESCO site.
As you walk around San Cristobal, you see through cannon embrasures, walk into sentry boxes (popular for honeymooners kissing), and walk into military quarters with exhibits giving you a glimpse into the past of 5 centuries ago. Just be careful when you visit the “Garita del Diablo”, because the legend tells of soldiers who mysteriously disappeared.
Be sure to bring a camera, because you’ll want to stop just about every few steps to take pictures of the many breathtaking views that surround the fort.
A Little History
San Cristobal Fortress was built by the Spaniards. Construction began in 1634 and completed by 1790. The purpose of the fort was to offer protection from enemy attacks by land. Castillo San Cristobal covers a scenic 27 acres on the eastern gate of the islet of San Juan. We’ll leave some of the rest of the history a mystery until you get here. We recommend you go on a narrated tour with one of the friendly and knowledgeable park rangers.
If you’re visiting with children, they will love touring the fort.
Visiting Hours & Info.
Open daily from 9:00am – 6:00pm
Children 15 and under: Free
Adults 16 and older: $5
Annual Passes: San Juan National Historic Site $25
You’re welcome to explore the fort on your own, or you can go on a ranger-guided program offered throughout the day.
Park movie is shown every 15 minutes.