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Pirates And Fortress In The Old San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Pirates And Fortress In The Old San Juan


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Delve into the history of the pirates and privateers that relentlessly attacked San Juan centuries ago by visiting landmarks where that turbulent past comes alive. Most of your time will be spent within the walls of Castillo San Cristóbal, the largest Spanish-built fort in the New World. Surrounded by a dry moat, this so-called Gibraltar of the Caribbean was built to protect San Juan from land attacks. Its counterpart, the more famous Castillo San Felipe del Morro – which you will also view – was constructed to guard against invasions by sea. The military design of both forts and several others in San Juan is so extraordinary that UNESCO declared them collectively a World Heritage site. Don’t miss the Devil’s Sentry Box in Castillo San Cristóbal, where according to legend soldiers mysteriously disappeared. The fortification is so atmospheric and visually stunning that it was used as a location in one of the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies.


• Thoroughly explore Castillo San Cristóbal, the New World’s largest Spanish-built fort.
• Learn how the fort protected San Juan from land attacks rather than invasions by sea.
• Hear commentary that describes life centuries ago when pirates attacked San Juan.
• View other landmarks that played significant roles in San Juan’s defense against pirates.


• Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
• Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

Need to Know:

Note: It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. This excursion involves walking over uneven surfaces, some inclines, and steps. There are cobbled stones on streets and some inclines to be consider in Old town, compacted dirt, grass and loose gravel portions may be encounter at the fortresses. Weather appropriate clothing; flat and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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Scenic & City Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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