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Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana

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Be there early, not just for the 9pm shot

I wish I had read more from TripAdvisor before heading to Cuba. I was brought to the fortress to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chris L
Hong Kong, China
Turism and Travel

Same as ..old havana city... place to be walking around in a middle of Spain build on the time of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Toronto, Canada
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An enormous fortress that fires its cannon every night.
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  • Very good38%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I wish I had read more from TripAdvisor before heading to Cuba. I was brought to the fortress to see the 9pm ceremony which was one of the activity included in my guided 9 days Cuba program. Due to some reason, we were only brought...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Same as ..old havana city... place to be walking around in a middle of Spain build on the time of colonization ...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great park to walk around the old remnants of the fort of the entrance to Havana inner harbour. There is a cigar shop inside and a few vendor stalls selling drinks and sweets. Great views and free.

Thank Teresa H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very historical attraction, living in Cuba I always heard el Cañonazo de las 9 from my house but never had the chance to go until now that I went for a family visit and we went there. This is a must see...More

Thank Janine O
Reviewed 16 August 2017

A must see, at night they do the ceremony, at 9 the soldiers wearing costumes like the colonial period of time, shoot the cannon shot. Also have beatiful views of the city, you can buy souvenirs, visit the museum and eat in the restaurant, an...More

Thank 895tatiana
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The largest fort in the America's remains a very impressive sight today. It was probably overkill to build something so big in the late 1700's, but British forces had captured Cuba for a period, and the King of Spain wanted to make sure that it...More

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 25 July 2017

La Cabana was totally worth the drive over from Old Havana. The fortress is stunningly beautiful; it's almost like walking in an old, walled section of a European city. There are great views of Havana across the bay. The exhibits are interesting, telling the history...More

Thank DukeOKC
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Fantastic view of Old Havana from this interesting place. Worth the visit over especially if you can make it over for sunset. Make for a magical photo opportunity :)

Thank Rick H
Reviewed 21 July 2017

You have no business in Havana if you haven't seen this. The original beginning of Havana. Beautiful architecture and full of history

Thank Ed P
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Many people will tell you to go to the "Ceremony" a reenactment of the closing of the gates in period costumes but don't wait until evening to arrive. There is lots to see and do and locals line up very early to be closest to...More

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Craig M
21 July 2015|
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7 CUC is the entrance fee to La Cabaña and it allows you access to all museum rooms in the Castle, the chapel and any temporary art and arms exhibits. La Cabaña opens at 9:00 a.m. and it closes at 6:00 p.m. Please note that... More