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Fort San Felipe

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Address: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Description: One of the first European forts to be constructed in the Americas.
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Puerto Plata City Tour with Cable Car Ride

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Old Fort

This was interesting. You are given headsets so you can learn as you walk around. It doesn't take long to see it all. It was part of a half day trip, so I don't know the cost... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Anita K
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This was interesting. You are given headsets so you can learn as you walk around. It doesn't take long to see it all. It was part of a half day trip, so I don't know the cost, but an interesting point of interest.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Fort San Felipe is a well-preserved piece of Dominican history. I went as part of a Puerto Plata city tour which cost $50 per person. The entrance fee was separate costing 100 pesos (U$2.50) to enter. It is very nice inside and it is a quick tour that doesn't require much time. You get a great view of the coast... More 

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Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

As part of our city tour in Porta Plata we to the old Spanish fort (also known as San Felipe). The fort (cost $2.50 PP to enter) is not large but somewhat very interesting, with historical artifacts and cannons. The fort was originally constructed by the Spanish in 1564 and called El Moro. The fort sat abandoned after the French... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Except for the hawkers hitting you up before you get out of the van, it was really cool. The history and the fort being in such great shape was really interesting. Views were great!

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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

As we walked the grounds and crawled in out of the fort areas we listened to the story being told on headsets, as it was built to protect the city from pirates. Very interesting tour.

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toronto
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This place is often one of the stops on guided tours of the area. The fort and waterfront in interesting, but not much else to see (except there are a lot of souvenir vendors waiting for you).

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Maple Ridge, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

It was closed not much to see or do. One old lady selling pictures of her donkey, you took the pictures and two other guys with different things that their father made by hand

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Brampton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

It was closed. I would love to get in. Maybe this coming trip i will visit again like the view very fresh place

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Owermoigne Dorset
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Visited on a rainy day. 100 peso / person entrance and friendly staff to direct you round. The surrounding area is work in progress and the entrance road very scruffy. Enjoyed hearing some of the history but it is not that big so visit only takes 30 mins ish

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is an interesting fort with a beautiful view off the coast of Puerto Plata. The craft sellers outside the gates offer a variety of local goods.

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