Fuerte de San Felipe, Bacalar

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If you find yourself in the small town of Bacalar, stop by and admire Fuerte de San Felipe. The stone fortress dates from 1733, when it was constructed to protect the city from pirates and English colonizers. View the restored stone walls and old cannons of the fort, built in the shape of a four-pointed star. Visit the small museum inside, with informative plaques in English and Spanish, and learn about the history of the structure. From the fortress site, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the vibrant Bacalar lake. See Fuerte de San Felipe and all Bacalar has to offer by arranging your trip with our Bacalar holiday planner.
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  • We were in Bacalar for an overnight trip and visited this fort. It is not very big, but prepare to spend some time there. there is no guide so you can go at your own pace. There is a lot of informatio...  more »
  • Although it is a small museum, you will have to visit it to find out the exciting history of the pirates that inspired the construction of this Fort. As an added benefit, you will have an incomparable view of the Bacalar lagoon.
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  • A place of incredible with a spectacular view of the Lake, around the olaza main there are places to eat at affordable prices.
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  • Beautiful place. Nice town square and old fort. Good prices on food and beverages.
  • Great view of Lake Bacalar from here. Surprisingly not crowded. Also close to the central park with free Wi-Fi (for those who might need it).
  • We just took a boat tour from here. Really nice view to the lake. Pool and nice restaurant with the view.
  • The fort is an interesting piece of Bacalar history. It has a small museum inside which you might find of Interest.
  • 3.5 is more accurate. Why? Although the quality of the building and exhibit is very informative it was 100 peso to enter. (Twice the cost to visit Coba or Ek Balam??) In reality Bacalar doesn’t have other history destinations like this, so, I’d recommend visiting if you’re interested in the history of Bacalar and the Yucatán. (Pirates, privateers, revolution, British and SPANISH counter politics, all covered very well).

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