San Juan de Ulua, Veracruz

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Admire an impressive military structure that stood for centuries at San Juan de Ulua. Construction began on the fort in 1565, although it was expanded numerous occasions thereafter. In 1568, the Spanish in the area succeeded in trapping and humiliating an English fleet, commanded by Sir John Hawkins, and including his cousin, a young Francis Drake. The fort even held strong during the Mexican War of Independence, with the Spanish finally handing it over four years after Mexico achieved independence. Take a tour of the structure to learn its history, and the features that made it so durable for so long. Our Veracruz trip itinerary planner makes visiting San Juan de Ulua and other Veracruz attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Aside from providing a great vantage point for looking back at the port of Veracruz, a visit to this fort/prison allows one to REALLY feel the HORRIBLE travails of various figures in Mexican history. ...  more »
  • We recommend going in from the city by taxi MX $ 90, wind is strong warm winter clothes. Closing 16:30 and is fairly quick. Spain soldiers hostages here during the war of independence, fought. Sight from tankers unloading at the port adjacent to the fortress itself was fun.
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  • We went to visit San Juan de Ulúa and it seemed incredible and super interesting, thinking that there were prisoners! Interesting...
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  • Unique and lots of history. But you need a tour guide to aprishiated the fort. It has 300 yrs of history all verbal.
  • This is must see sight if you come to Vera Cruz. Lots of history, scenic views and economic reality check...all in one location.
  • Better than I expect. Nice atmosphere, Need to visit, if you are fan of movie Romancing the stone.
  • Historic place, If you want know a very important place in the Mexican history this is the right place.
  • Amazing Coral structure. Plenty of history great guides are available to tell you the story

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