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Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana

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A Formidable Fortress Guarding the City of Havana

The Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana is a formidable fortress guarding the city of Havana. It is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Flagler Beach, Florida
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 11 September 2017
Chris L
Hong Kong, China
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An enormous fortress that fires its cannon every night.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good38%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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Havana, Cuba
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana is a formidable fortress guarding the city of Havana. It is strategically located on a ridge at the entrance to the port of Havana. It is the largest Spanish colonial fortress in the Americas.

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Reviewed 11 September 2017

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 4 September 2017

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

1  Thank TurismTravel
Reviewed 4 September 2017

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 18 August 2017 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

1  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

1  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
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Craig M
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Response from TourGuide-Manager | Reviewed this property |
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