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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 #3 of 43 attractions in Acapulco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Downers Grove, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
19 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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102 reviews 102 reviews
27 attraction reviews
669 helpful votes 669 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Chicago, Illinois
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64 reviews 64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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Richland, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Our tour guide and driver, Juan Corona took us here and we loved it. I am a history buff and soaked in the displays and stories of the forts creation, service, and fall during the Mexican War of Independence in 1812.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Loved that this fortress was turned into a museum...it was so cool to see the way people protected themselves in the 1600s. Very fun and educational part of our trip.

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