Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, Havana

4.4
Explore the historic Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, built in the 18th century to defend Havana from British colonial conquests. Now a public park, this fortress complex contains several museums, though most visitors come to climb the ramparts and take in the views of old Havana. Try not to miss the nightly cannon firing ceremony, which signals the closing of the city gates, a tradition cherished since colonial times. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana by using our Havana trip builder .
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4.6
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  • All ho hum here especially the expensive viewing of the night time cannon firing at 9pm. Dont waste your $$ by spending 3 cuc more to get a better view....you dont !! However you do get a can of cola ...  more »
  • I really enjoyed the night I visited the Fort and the military re-enactment complete with the canon blast  more »
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  • Very nice place showing Cuba's heritage. Unfortunately people can't go there now for a vacation destination.
  • Pretty from the outside. It was being worked on, so I didn't get to see the inside. The grounds are nice. Lots of benches.
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