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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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  • If you like museums this is a must, you only need an hour to visit this place and learn a little about this beautiful and important place. Unfortunately the electronic media is not working, but who ca...  more »
  • Worth the few pesos entrance fee. One can learn how the Spanish Conquers found and built the fort. Worth the time to tour.  more »
  • Incredible history around it. A fort in a lagoon? To have protection against the pirates? In a lagoon? Yes, thanks to the Mayas. They made some water canals to go from one lagoon to another and finall...  more »
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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.
  • Little Fort with a nice view on the lagoon. Not much to see but it's a good spot in Bacalar
  • Beautiful view of bacalar lagoon!!
  • amaizing view of the laguna, you can apreciate the colors from here, and this place has a lot of history