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San Juan de Ulua

Veracruz, Mexico
2-938-5151
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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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“tour guide” (5 reviews)
“for sale” (3 reviews)
“old port” (3 reviews)
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Veracruz, Mexico
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"old port"
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"great guide"
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"world history"
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"pesos per person"
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"san juan"
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"take your time"
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"entrance fee"
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"worth a trip"
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"prison"
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"fort"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

There's not so much to do in Veracruz, but we do have some jewels in town, being San Juan de Ulua one of them, this is an hour, hour and a half tour, be prepared for the sun with a hat or an umbrella, the...More

Thank ANA C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We don’t usually do this visits with a tour but this one was worth it. If not you will only see stone walls and won’t get the story behind. It is not expensive. Excellent photo opportunities. Bring a bottle of water as it will be...More

Thank Paulina L
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

We were expecting less in this activity; but it is a really nice place to visit. this casttle/Port/Jail has a lot of backgroung. Strongly recommend you to pay the guide visit (40 pesos per person - 2 dollars per person). this activity takes aroung 1.5...More

Thank Sergio G
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Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

Our second trip to Veracruz and we decided to go to San Juan de Ulua this time. We took the two-level very touristy looking open air bus from the malecon. It turned out to be a great choice and saved us some money. My husband...More

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Reviewed 4 June 2018

Old fort with great views and even more foto opps, not expensive and they have guided tours, very interesting. fun, but take water or you will die, water is for sale at the entrance, but nowhere inside!

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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Do you like and enjoy history? This is a great tour revealing the Great History of México. Take a hat with you or don’t complain later. Nice place and great view of Veracruz docks.

Thank Julia S
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Reviewed 28 April 2018

A fantastic historic fort/prison on a scale that is tough to comprehend. Built mostly of coral on a huge scale it is impressive to say the least. It is a timecapsule of early days of historic Mexico. A must for people interested in historic Mexico...More

Thank rburngreen
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

You wont enjoy as much as if you ger a guided tour. The place is full of history ir is worthy to listen to it from someone that knows.

Thank Ninaa C
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

We took a taxi to get here, 90-100 pesos each way, 60 peso entry per person. Walking there would be unreasonable. An amazing complex with many stairwells, nooks, & crannies to explore. We arrived 2 hrs before closing and had just enough time. Several souvenir/snack/beverage...More

Thank GeoffREE
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

Was exploring the historical area of Veracruz and came to the main tourist shopping area with all the tour buses and found a company that offered transportation and guide to this fort/fortress. Bus ride back and forth and about 2 hours at the fort/fortress was...More

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cindy d
2 April 2015|
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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
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