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San Juan de Ulua

Veracruz, Mexico
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Visitors can tour this impressive fort, which Hernán Cortés built to deter pirate attacks.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“old fort” (5 reviews)
“prison cells” (4 reviews)
“tour guide” (4 reviews)
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Veracruz, Mexico
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

We went on a tour bus with 45 people, 3 people needed a wheel chair and the place does not provide this type of equipment with people with disabilities. The Tour guide was outstanding she knew history by heart and puts a lot of enthusiasm.

Thank aquisi91702
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to see and understand more Mexican history. There is a ton of stuff to learn about as well as many great backdrops for picture taking. Make sure that you bring water and a hat or umbrella, as shade is limited....More

Thank JP_y_LP
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Worth the cost. I suggest you get an English guide if one is available. When we went, a guide was not available so we had to make do. Fortunately I had read up on the fort a bit before our visit.

Thank triordan8
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

You cannot say you visited Veracruz without visiting San Juan de Ulua. A wonderful piece of history. You should be aware it closes at 4:30! We missed it one afternoon and had to return the following morning. Side note: The pictures I posted don't do...More

Thank Travelerintraining16
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

You can get to this fort by taking an organized tour, a taxi or drive yourself. There is a short walk from the dropoff/parking to the fort. Entrance is 55 pesos, free on Sundays. If you like, you can join a guided tour, but I...More

Thank Hampm57
Reviewed 21 June 2017

This place was really cool. So much history, you could almost feel yourself transported back into the past. It honestly felt like a movie backdrop of a POTC movie. Please watch your children. There are no railings or safety warnings, which although it gives you...More

Thank Thrillhouse73
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Veracruz is a bit off the beaten track when it comes to the usual tourist haunts in the region but it is well worth a visit. We enjoyed San Juan de Ulua immensely. it is a beautiful church with a really untouched and unspoiled vibe....More

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Reviewed 19 May 2017

One you get there make sure to take carry water with you and while you can do the tour on your own, I would say to go with a tour guide and its well worth having the tour guide with you. It's a must see...More

Thank 18alvinb
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Not going to spend much time in review. A must see to understand Veracruz History better. Hard to believe was cultivated from local coral reef with its prison labor, dungeons providing rarely a year of life after lock up. Take your time and a guided...More

Thank charles h
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

This very significant fortress offers a lot of history whether it is early conquest Garrison, prison or movie venue (Romancing the Stone)However it is very poorly signed with minimal info Fortunately we had a great guide able to make the place interesting( Enrique Sanchez)

Thank Gilles B
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cindy d
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Response from ricardo-s-serrano | Reviewed this property |
The best and fastest is to ask your hotel front desk. Alternatively, visit the Veracruz Tourist Office ( google it in advance for location and opening hours ) - there should be NO problem in finding an English-speaking tour... More