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Fuerte de San Felipe

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Address: Bacalar, Mexico

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Great little museum in beautiful setting

Surprisingly informative museum about history of Bacalar. Mayans, conquistadors, Pirates and revolutionaries. Info in English and Spanish. Good maps and a few artefacts. Air Con a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 6, 2015
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vancouver, canada
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Worth hiring a guide for the fort. The tour will only last a bit over an hour but you will learn a lot about the place and the views are great.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I do not recommend visiting the inside of the Fuerte as there is nothing else but text! You can find all the information you may need online. But there is not historical art / item displayed within.

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Silkeborg, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

For 67 pesos, this is way overpriced. The place is quite nice and has a nice view and a neat little museum, but I would not have chosen to go and pay so much if I had known how little there was to see there. The place is not that big either.

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New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

I think the 29 pesos I paid were well worth it. The fort itself is very well restored, with beautiful views of Laguna Bacalar, the museum is smallish but has enough information to introduce you to Bacalar's history.

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

It is located in the center of Bacalar. Its purpose was to protect villagers against pirate raids from the lake. Later it was also used during Mexican revolution. Sadly it was closed when we were there and wanted to see it from inside.

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Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

It has an interesting museum on the inside but too expensive for what you actually get, it is just too little, just one room but still a nice hint about the history of Bacalar. Anyway, the best is the view you get of the lagoon from up there and the pics you can make with the old cannons and stuff... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Surprisingly informative museum about history of Bacalar. Mayans, conquistadors, Pirates and revolutionaries. Info in English and Spanish. Good maps and a few artefacts. Air Con a treat too.

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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

It is modest in size but it is impressively preserved (reconstructed) and the lagoon in the back makes is pretty. It shows the history and adds character to this tiny, beautiful and quiet city. I didn't enter the museum and just saw it from the outside but it's architecture can also be appreciated.

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Cozumel
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 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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Address: Address: Bacalar, Mexico
Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Bacalar

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