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Key West Schooner Champagne Sunset Sail
"Board the Appledore V at Key West’s historic seaport to start your sunset sail.Hang out on the large deck and toast your experience in Key West with a glass of sparkling wine homemade sangria boutique wine or premium beer. Learn about sailing from members of the crew who love to share their knowledge — you can even help set the sails if you wish. As the Appledore V heads into open water look back at Mallory Square and pass by Sunset Key. Your captain will position the boat to maximize your view of the setting sun. After the sunset start the voyage back to shore admiring the darker sky as stars begin to appear. Your cruise ends with return to the marina. Cross the southernmost point of the US and see Key West sights such as the Historic Seaport; Mallory Square's Sunset Celebration
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Key West Sunset Champagne Cruise
"Meet your crew at Key West’s historic seaport to start your sunset cruise aboard the Marquesa a 69-foot (21 meter) catamaran. Key West is known for its otherworldly sunsets and while most crowds watch it from Mallory Square you can be out on the open water relishing the sea breeze in your hair. As the Marquesa opens her sails grab a glass of provided sparkling wine homemade sangria
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Key West Tall Ship and Crawl
"Experience this salty adventure by land and sea. On the piratical tall ship you can help raise the red sails or relax and watch the unfurling of the awesome Crimson sheets as you take in the sights of the Historic Seaport Sunset Key Christmas Tree Island and seize a view of Fort Zachary Taylor State Park from the safe harbor of the Gulf of Mexico. This will not be your average sail nor your average crawl. This tour is a great afternoon of food tasting drinking and sailing presented with a hint of Piracy. The Caribbean flavors will be showcased with a good variety of surf and turf tastings to fill you up and of course some stellar choices of drink will be included. Join us for an unforgettable afternoo""
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Maritime Museum at the Castillo de la Real Fuerza

I have loved pirates ever since I read Treasure Island in 2nd or 3rd grade, so I was really excited about this maritime museum in Cuba! It's conveniently located in Old Havana, and is in an old fort so it's really fun to explore. They have exhibits of lots of models of ships (so I got to work on my Spanish pirate/nautical vocab), sailing tools like spyglasses, and treasure (coins, gems, jewelry, etc.--who doesn't love treasure?!) The museum staff were also really friendly and practiced Spanish with me. I recommend stopping by while you're wandering around Old Havana!

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Sep 19, 2015

Castillo de la Real Fuerza now a Maritime Museum

Castillo de La Real Fuerza has now re-opened as a Cuba’s premier maritime museum. (There is also a small naval museum in Cienfuegos.)

The museum contains excellent exhibits of Cuba’s maritime past from pre-Columbian days through to the 18th Century with the Royal Shipyard of Havana, one of the largest in the world which built nearly 200 ships for the Spanish Crown. The museum features a huge four metre model of the Santisima Trinidad located on the main floor with a large interactive touch screen which describes life aboard an 18th Century ship-of-the-line in Spanish, French, and English. The original ship was launched into Havana Bay on March 2, 1769 and was the largest ship in the world in the 18th Century, with 140 canons on four gun decks. She was one of four Cuban built ships at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Downstairs you will also find ancient navigational instruments, underwater archaeological artifacts, and gold and silver from the colonial era. Also note the original weathervane, La Giraldilla, while her replica moves in the breeze on the top of the fortress tower which also commands a fantastic view of the city. The second level of the museum hosts many other historic and contemporary models of ships with links to Cuba and is also a good location for viewing the harbour and city skyline.

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Apr 12, 2011

Castillo de la Real Fuerza

The Castillo de la Real Fuerza (Castle of the Royal Force) is a fortress on the eastern side of the harbour in Havana, Cuba, set back from the entrance, and bordering the Plaza de Armas. Originally built to defend against attack by pirates, it has suffered from a poor strategic position too far inside the bay. The fortress is considered to be the oldest stone fortress in the Americas, and is listed as part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of "Old Havana and its Fortifications".

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Mar 17, 2008

CASTILLO DE LA REAL FUERZA

Built in the 16th century, CASTILLO DE LA REAL FUERZA or Castle of the Royal Forces, is one of the oldest fortresses in the Americas.The fortress was built to protect Havana from raids by pirates and corsairs, that plagued the town in the 16th century.
It wasn't until 1577 that Real Fuerza was finally finished. The fortress was made out of limestone coral rock, dug out from the Harbour. It has underground vaulted storerooms, drawbridge, sloping walls, bastions and surrounded by a moat. As it was the safest building at the time, Spanish Governors took up residence inside the fortress.
Entrance fee 1 CUC peso

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Nov 25, 2007
 
 
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Castillo de la Real Fuerza

The oldest building in Cuba (1558 - rebuilt in 1582). Cute little fort overlooking the Canal de Entrada, the access route from the open sea to the port of Havana. Lots of viewing points and a small museum along with a cafe and gallery. Open daily from 8.30am-6pm. there's not a great deal to see (ramparts, walls and corridors) but certainly worth 30 minutes or so of your time.

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Aug 03, 2006

Castillo de la Real Fuerza

Castillo de la Real Fuerza (Castle of Force) is a castle in the centre of old Havana that was built by Spanish Conquistadors.

The fort is surrounded by a moat and there are an array of cast iron cannons, ancient bronze cannons and bronze mortars on display. There is a a bell tower, bunkers and turrets to explore.

The castle also has several pens where West African slaves were kept upon their arrival. The pens are stone with huge iron gates. The slaves would enter through one gate where they were cleaned up before being led out anotherf gate where they would be auctioned to plantation owners.

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Mar 31, 2006

Fortress

This castle-fortress was built in XVI century to protect La Habana from pirates, after the city had suffered devastation with a buccaneer attack, which destroyed the original fortress in 1555. But the new fortress proved to be equally vulnerable and it was soon appointed to serve as a residence for governors and military chiefs. A weather vane was added in 1634 which was called La Giraldilla and that became a symbol for La Habana. Nowadays, the castle houses the Pottery Museum.

Este castillo-fortaleza fue construido en el siglo XVI para proteger La Habana de los piratas, despues de que la ciudad hubiese sido arrasada por un ataque bucanero que destruyo la fortaleza original en 1555. Pero la nueva fortaleza resulto ser igualmente vulnerable y pronto fue destinada a servir de residencia a gobernadores y jefes militares. Se le anhadio una veleta en 1634 que recibio el nombre de La Giraldilla y se convirtio en simbolo de La Habana. Hoy en dia, el castillo alberga el Museo Nacional de Ceramica.

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Feb 19, 2006

Real Fuerza, the oldest colonial fort in America

Declared National monument. It was built to replace the former fort that the Governor of the Island had built under the orders of the Queen of Spain and which was destroyed in 1555 by the French corsair Jacques de Sores. It used to be the oldest colonial fort of the Americas, and was opened in 1577. It was the beginning of a fortification plan carried out by the Spanish crown in the Caribbean to protect the voyages of the Spanish fleet.

As it underwent several changes and enlargements like La Torre del Homenaje, a watchtower, and the old post of sentinels in 1632 that was used as a pedestal of a unique symbol of the city and well known worldwide: La Giraldilla, which perhaps represents the Giraldilla de Sevilla. It is also the oldest sculpture of Cuba.

Today it is the headquarters of the Museum of Artistic Ceramics which exhibits paintings of the Cuban artists Amelia Peláes, Wilfredo Lam, René Portocarrero, Rodríguez de la Cruz, and others representatives of the new generations of Cuban ceramists.

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Apr 06, 2005
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De la Real Fuerza Castle

Declared National monument. It was built to replace the former fort that the Governor of the Island had built under the orders of the Queen of Spain and which was destroyed in 1555 by the French corsair Jacques de Sores. It used to be the oldest colonial fort of the Americas, and was opened in 1577. It was the beginning of a fortification plan carried out by the Spanish crown in the Caribbean to protect the voyages of the Spanish fleet. As it underwent several changes and enlargements like La Torre del Homenaje, a watchtower, and the old post of sentinels in 1632 that was used as a pedestal of a unique symbol of the city and well known worldwide: La Giraldilla, which perhaps represents the Giraldilla de Sevilla. It is also the oldest sculpture of Cuba. Today it is the headquarters of the Museum of Artistic Ceramics which exhibits paintings of the Cuban artists Amelia Peláes, Wilfredo Lam, René Portocarrero, Rodríguez de la Cruz, and others representatives of the new generations of Cuban ceramists.

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Oct 03, 2004

La Giraldilla

La Giraldilla is a bronze weather vane on top of the west watchtower of the Castillo de la Real Fuerza. The original is kept in Museo de la Ciudad. It honours Inez de Bobadilla, who served as Cuba's only female governor.

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Jul 22, 2004

Castillo de la Real Fuerza

Built in the 16th century, the fortress is one of the oldest in the Americas. It was the residence of the Spanish captain general for two centuries, until he got a new home close by at the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales. It is currently in restoration, but remains opened to the public. There is not much on display inside the fortress regarding its past. On the ground level, you'll find the Museo de la Ceramica, with pottery of different time periods.

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mim95
Jul 22, 2004

Castillo de la real Fuerza

This 16th century with it's broad and charastitc angular ramparts is the oldest military construction in Habana.
The location is in old Habana - so next to the traditional hotels like "Park view" and "Hotel Plaza"

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Luchonda
Feb 21, 2004

Things to Do Near Havana

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Parque Central - Central Park

Central Park, on Prado is considered the center of the whole city. Capitolio, Gran Teatro, Hotel Inglaterra, the National Museum of Fine Arts and the first statue of Jose Martí, an intellectual and...
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La Bodeguita del Medio - Hemingway

La Bodeguita del Medio is another bar where Hemingway hung out. He drank Mojitos here. It was so crowded I couldn’t even get in the door, and so smoky and grim that I wasn't sure I really wanted to go...
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