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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Fuerte de San Felipe and other Bacalar attractions using our handy Bacalar itinerary builder.
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TripAdvisor
  • Si visitan Bacalar es casi obligado recorrer el Fuerte de San Felipe. Una fortificación del año 1725 desde la cual se domina parte de la Bahía de Bacalar. Nos encontramos con un fuerte pequeño y con u...  more »
  • El museo es pequeño, no tiene tan buen mantenimiento, pero lo que hay es interesante. Tienen la historia de la pirateria en América Latina, rutas y figuras representativas. 
  • El lugar tiene información muy completa sobre el lugar y los eventos históricos. Tiene una buena vista hacia parte de la laguna. Quedé muy contenta y satisfecha de haberlo visitado. Definitivamente lo...  more »
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  • amaizing view of the laguna, you can apreciate the colors from here, and this place has a lot of history
  • Great view of the lagoon. The info inside is interesting but can be a bit tiring
  • What a view! You can actually see the change in color from on top
  • The view of the lagoon and the sunset / sunrise over here....is very nice. The building it self is very interesting to understand a little bit of the history over here.
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