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Fuerte de San Felipe, Bacalar

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History Museum Museum
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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  • The best views of the lagoon from the imposing Fort... centuries of history and a small museum... I would propose improving with a coffee shop or some service extra as the place is worth visiting the small Museum takes just 5 minutes and not have a covered place to enjoy the rest of the place...
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  • We found the fort to be a little bit less than interesting for us. Some good displays inside but they weren't great. We were pretty much ready to go after about 10 minutes. It's also extremely extraor...  more »
  • Place to go in Bacalar apart from an incredible view towards the Lake and meet iconic history of Bacalar and Quintana Roo
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  • Well renovated Spanish fort with small museum. Great views across the water.
  • Beautiful! Don't forget to pay the entrance fee at the booth right across the street from the entrance.
  • It's beautiful and you and your family can go swimming
  • Little Fort with a nice view on the lagoon. Not much to see but it's a good spot in Bacalar
  • It's a historic well located place

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