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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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  • The Fort is interesting and well preserved with its canyons and moat. But the entrance to the Museum is very expensive for what it offers. A single interesting room but computers do not work and the ride takes no more than 15 minutes.
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  • Although it is a small place, it is a must-see. It is very well preserved and once inside, you will have one of the best views of the Bacalar lagoon. The entrance is very economical.
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  • From this place you can take good pictures of the lagoon and also learn some history about this.
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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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