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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  • There are two reasons to visit this place: the first is the view that we have of the lagoon of seven colors of Bacalar. The second is to walk its halls and facilities, imagine how pirates arrived on the Lake while they defended themselves. The Fort is attractive if only but inside there is a small museum that allows to know the history of the place. Entry costs 50 pesos and can spend an hour approximately
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  • It is interesting to learn about the history of the place and from its Tower you can see incredible views of the lagoon.
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  • It is a very interesting place and the view towards the Lake is wonderful, but missing a guide who tours explaining the history.
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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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