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El Fuerte de San Diego

Calle Hornitos s/n | Colonia Centro, Acapulco 39300, Mexico
52-744-482-3828
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Ranked #2 of 44 Attractions in Acapulco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Military Bases/ Facilities, Military Museums, History Museums
Description: This 18th-century Spanish fortress turned museum is occasionally the site for festive gatherings.
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Howell, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Actually learned that the Mexicans are decendants of the Phillipines. The fort is shaped like a tortuga. History buffs will enjoy.

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Austin, TX
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Also known as the Museo Historico de Acapulco. What surprised me most is that this is older than the US, but our pentagon is patterned after this fort building. This is no place for someone who is limited ambulatory ability. Lots of walking. Lots of interesting things to see... laid out so that really have to stop and look to... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

It was very interesting seeing the history of Acapulco. Many items from the past. Seeing I have been visiting Acapulco for more than 40 years I really enjoyed seeing the history by visiting the Fort which I had gone by so many times in the past.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Some nice exhibits from prehispanic days to cononial rule, with special attention to the "Galeón de Manila" the ship coming from the Philipinnes to Acapulco which started the trading between the Spanish territories at the time. A clean and well displayed collection of sculptures, paintings, maps and other artefacts, as well as panoramic views of the town and beaches, makes... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I went with my nephews to Fuerte San Diego and really enjoyed the glimpse of the history of Acapulco. The exhibits kept the kids' attention as well (ages 5-15). The views from the rooftop are also nice.

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Fascinating history and artifacts. Most of the exhibits have explanations in both Spanish and English. Met a worker who spoke English so we learned a lot more about the history of this amazing fort. Also, great view of the marina from the top of the fort.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This fort/museum provides a very good history of Acapulco and its trading tradition. There are guides and videos in several of the rooms to provide background information on the exhibits. The displays have both Spanish and English captions.

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Bangalore, India
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135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

When you are in Acapulco, dont miss a trip to the fort. You may not feel it too great compared to other forts and palaces in other places in Mexico, but a visit here is worth it. The view of the Acapulco Bay from the fort is breathtaking, which you cant afford to miss.

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Penticton, Canada
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79 reviews 79 reviews
20 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Easy to find. If you are on a cruise ship it's right across the street from the dock on Acapulco harbour. Very well maintained. Easy to navigate. It reveals a history of the new world dating to the 15th century. Museum displays in Spanish and English. Gift shop. History buffs will love this, but I really think that children will... More

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Stacy, Minnesota
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17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

The fort is easy to find and you can tour it w/o a guide. The displays are in Spanish and English (mostly) and very informative. Never knew that Acapulco was a trade route to the orient, which is what they focused on. Most people see the fort in 1 hour, but we took 2.

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