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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 43 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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Mexico City, Mexico
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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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76 reviews 76 reviews
19 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
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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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Southport, United Kingdom
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27 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Very interesting and lots of Historical informatiom about Acapulco and its past. Situated towards the Zocalo another place well worth a visit and very informal

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Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Lots of interesting facts in this quaint, small museum at the fort. Closed on Mondays. Not far from the Zocalo, so you can do the fort in the morning, visit the Catedral at the Zocalo next and then have the pizza!

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San Antonio, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
14 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

loved the place. It has a museum in the first floor. Great place to get history. It has A/C....!!! on the top floor, you can find beautiful views of the city. Loved it!

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