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San Juan de Ulúa Fortress
San Juan de Ulúa Fortress

San Juan de Ulúa Fortress

Pedro Saenz de Baranda S/N, Ver Centro1, Veracruz, Mexico, 91700

The basics

Plan for roughly two hours to explore the fortress complex, which includes towers, dungeons, and battlements linked by a maze of passageways and courtyards. Although it’s easy to explore independently, visiting with a guide lets you dive into the fortress’ history, which includes stories of captured naval fleets, pirates and international treasure, and a significant role in the African slave trade.

After peeking into the old prison cells and visiting the fortress museum, walk around the ramparts and climb the towers for impressive views of the harbor below.

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Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, San Juan de Ulúa and Veracruz City Sightseeing
Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, San Juan de Ulúa and Veracruz City Sightseeing
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$70.00 per adult
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EXTREMELY EXCELLENT. GREAT for real...
EXTREMELY EXCELLENT. GREAT for real history buffs. Rafael, our English speaking guide, and Guillermo, our driver, truly had a wealth of knowledge. Rafael communicated the history with very good English. Guillermo, who spoke some English, was also an Anthropologist, who was able to supplement Rafael's information. This gave my husband and I a wonderful lesson on an area about which we knew almost nothing. We were driven in an air conditioned car - just the two of us. There is a good bit of walking, often on cobblestones, so wear appropriate shoes, that can withstand a bit of mud if it has been raining.
MIRIAM_D, Oct 2017

Things to know before you go

  • As well as being a must-see for those interested in Mexico’s colonial history, the fortress is a fun attraction for kids, who will enjoy climbing the battlements and exploring the dimly lit dungeons.
  • Large parts of fortress tours take place outside, so bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.
  • The old buildings, courtyards, and bastions are linked by steps and narrow passageways, meaning access is limited for wheelchairs and strollers.
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How to get there

The fortress is easy to find, standing at the northern end of the Port of Veracruz. The easiest way to get there from downtown Veracruz is to take a 10-minute taxi ride. In peak season, water taxis run across the harbor from Veracruz Pier (Malecon).

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When to get there

The fortress is open from Tuesday through Sunday. It’s a popular site, so try to arrive early to avoid crowds and the midday heat.

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What to see and do in Veracruz

Many sightseeing tours of Veracruz include visits to the fortress. Combine your tour with a stroll along the seafront Malecón boardwalk; a visit to the Zocalo (Plaza de Armas), the city’s lively central square; or photo stops at Veracruz Cathedral and the Municipal Palace. Other popular attractions include Veracruz Aquarium, the largest of its kind in Latin America; the sandy beach of Villa del Mar; and the atmospheric Boca del Rio neighborhood.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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