I majored in Africana Studies when I was in college. Somewhere between my Journalism classes and Spanish minor classes, I fell in love with all things African and African American. I’m a American but I’m Black yet I had very little knowledge about Africa, the continent, the diaspora and how they impacted our world back then and today. I am still fascinated by history and so when it was suggested that we visit Fort San Cristóbal while vacationing in San Juan, Puerto Rico, I was ready to go!
Truthfully, I’m proud that my pregnant butt managed to climb all of those stairs and slopes in that heat. The view was worth it and I was grateful to have experienced that with my family.
Built by Spain and completed in 1783, Fort San Cristóbal remained an active fort until the US Army moved out in 1961. Talk about walking through history! Elle was literally running over pavement where hundreds of thousands of men walked year after year to protect the Puerto Rican border.
My pictures do it no justice as it is really an experience that you have to see and feel in person. For those who plan on attending, I’ve got some tips for you…
- The Fort is located in Old San Juan. If you aren’t staying there, you may have to take a taxi to the area and then you can hop on (or walk) a free trolley.
- There’s lots of walking! Don’t be like my sisters. Come prepared in comfortable clothes and shoes.
- There is a wonderful little gift shop – they sell ice cold water but it’s always good to bring your own.
- Tours happen regularly but you can easily do your own walking tour as the fort has lots of placards at each station.
- Toddler-friendly? Definitely! Elle wasn’t able to walk up the steep slopes (my sister wore her in a Tula) but on the flat services, she enjoyed all of the open space. That said, parents with even smaller, babes, I think you’re better off wearing your baby versus carrying a stroller. The same can be said for those who are visiting with those in wheelchairs. The fort does have an elevator but to really explore, you’ll be limited by the number of steps and slopes.
- Take lots of pictures! Every view is a breathtaking view.
Have you ever visited this fort? Or any fort? Where are my history geeks?
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