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Fuerte de San Felipe

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Address: Bacalar, Mexico

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¡The Real deal pirates of the Caribbean!

If you want to know more about the real history of piracy on the Caribbean and not just keep with the dumb fantasies of Hollywood, this small museum is just for you. This old... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2016
Cheyo P
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Mérida, México
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Cancun, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Despite being a small Forth it has a lot of history, you can visit this place in around half an hour and learn a lot of the history of Bacalar.

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Thank JMiguelPasos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excluding the magnificent set off lagoons, the fort is THE landmark at Bacalar. The fort is well preserved and the exhibits about pirates and female pirates is very interesting.

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Thank Roberto K
Nebraska, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

We spent about an hour touring this. I found it very interesting. Lots of historical facts to learn about the Pirates. The view from the top is awesome also. It's very inexpensive to tour the museum. Take your camera for some awesome pictures. I recommend it. it's very easy to find in Bacalar. Across from town square.

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Thank LoriQ
Mérida, México
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

If you want to know more about the real history of piracy on the Caribbean and not just keep with the dumb fantasies of Hollywood, this small museum is just for you. This old fort used to be the scenerio of fierce battles between pirates and the Then Spanish government and Armada. Built in 1727 by orders of the Yucatan... More 

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Thank Cheyo P
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

Tickets were expensive for what's on offer. Tiny fort with less than spectacular views and a one room 'museum' that takes all of five minutes to look at.

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Thank DavePatti
Belize City, Belize
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

First I should say that I really didn't expect to enjoy the fort. I tend to find old stones a bit dry, and often there is not enough contextualising information provided to keep it interesting for those of us that haven't done any prior reading. I am pleased to report that this is not the case at the San Felipe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

It has am excellent museum exhibit where you can get a bit of history lesson about the place learn about pirates, boats the spanish conquest and more. It was a shame no one was taking care of the exhibition and there was kids running and touching everyhting including a small boat model.

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Thank Claudia A
Ljubljana, Slovenia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016

Beside beautiful Bacaar lagoon the fort is second best choice to admire. Set in the center of small town cant be missed. It is impressive from in and out. But we found more interesting iguanas which are usualy found on the walls and even in old canons!

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2 Thank izi f
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

This is a nice spot to visit to see a historic Spanish fort. It's not big but is nice to see and we have enjoyed going twice now.

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Thank Heather B
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

It's a nice fort and I enjoyed the museum, but it wasn't as impressive as the two forts in Campeche. In fairness, the Campeche forts are so nice I think they may have spoiled us as far as visiting other similar forts. If you are down in this part of the Yucatan it's worth visiting the fort, if nothing else,... More 

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