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Fuerte de San Felipe

Address: Bacalar, Mexico
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Ranked #5 of 10 Attractions in Bacalar
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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Vernon, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
33 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
16 helpful votes 16 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
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75 reviews 75 reviews
18 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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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austin, texas
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

The musuem in the Fort (Fuerte) is worth a visit. Kids will love the replicas of the pirate ships and adults will find the wall mounted historical time lines of the area fascinating. Who would have thought that pirates hid in Lake Bacalar and that they could even get there. Good info on the Caste Wars and why Belize is... More 

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Bacalar, Q. Roo
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

It is small but all forts of that era are small. Excellent displays written in Spanish, English, and Maya. It is a history written by the victors of course so the Maya get the short stick.

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Cancun, Mexico
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123 reviews 123 reviews
32 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

A very accesible walk through this place, you could call it a landmark in Bacalar, it represent the Spanish domination as well as the pirate history of the place.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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89 reviews 89 reviews
33 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Not sure what the fuss is about. The downtown which surrounds this is really tragic. The food was terrible, the area didn't seem completely safe, and there was nothing else going on in this town.

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