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Fuerte de San Felipe

Address: Bacalar, Mexico
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Ranked #3 of 11 things to do in Bacalar
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military bases & facilities, Historic sites, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Military bases & facilities, Historic sites, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Cozumel
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

This fort is beautifully maintained and has excellent exhibits. Just a few blocks from our room! Learned about pirates, the Caste War and the history of the Mayans in the area.

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Bainbridge Island
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Displays with narratives in English document the cultural history of the Maya and the roll of Bacalar throughout the centuries as a southern outpost in the Yucatan.

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Petersburg, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Beautiful view of Laguna Bacalar from fort. Fort is right in quiet, peaceful town of Bacalar. Fort built by Spanish but occupied by Mayans 1859-1901.

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Rancho Santa Fe, California
Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
29 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

In the 1700s pirates used to come from the caribbean ocean in to Bacalar using a natural canal thru the lagoons. THey used to take from Bacalar wood to build ships among other goods. Its worth visiting !!!!

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Vernon, Canada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
33 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The fort has a nice view over the lake and is interesting architecture but the stuff inside was a real surprise. Its well worth the small cost, payable across the side walk at a small booth. Don't be embarrassed by them chasing after you for payment like I was.

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Villahermosa, Mexico
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Really nice view, worth the visit. Have to pay something like 20 pesos but I enjoyed the view and the history

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Villahermosa, Mexico
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is a nice place to go when you visit Bacalar. The views aré great and the museum guides aré very kind and easygoing. The prices are good. In general everything is very nice

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
18 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Go for about 1-2 hours and if you can in the late afternoon when the sun is low and the light really shows off the form of this well preserved fort. It's right I the Bacalar lagoon so your view of the glittery blue waters will be excellent. There is a neat museum inside with artifacts and historical stories. Really... More 

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Bacalar, Mexico
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This fort is in fabulous condition, and it, more then anything else gives some idea of the importance that this area has historically. It is fun to walk through, and the exhibits are very interesting.

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Grimsby, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

A stone fort with a baluarte named San Antonio, a cement bridge into the works. Started in 1733and a work in progress for over 50 years.Inside, a museum with historic maps,ships models, swords, guns and navigational instruments. A large display of famous pirate pictures and storys. The view from the upper walls of the lagunas of Bacalar, deep emerald green,are... More 

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