Fuerte San Felipe Bacalar, Bacalar

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History Museum · Landmark
If you find yourself in the small town of Bacalar, stop by and admire Fuerte San Felipe Bacalar. The stone fortress dates from 1733, when it was constructed to protect the city from pirates and English colonizers. View the restored stone walls and old cannons of the fort, built in the shape of a four-pointed star. Visit the small museum inside, with informative plaques in English and Spanish, and learn about the history of the structure. From the fortress site, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the vibrant Bacalar lake. See Fuerte San Felipe Bacalar and all Bacalar has to offer by arranging your trip with our Bacalar holiday planner.
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  • Thoroughly enjoyed the museum exhibit in the center of the fort which described the history of Bacalar and the region within the greater Mayan, Spanish, and Mexican worlds. The views are nice and...  more »
  • While it is the only historic building in the town of Bacalar, the fort is not overly impressive and you'll likely tour the whole thing in under one hour. There are some nice views from the ramparts.....  more »
  • Simple yet complete museum about the history of the region. It is a colonial fort used to defend Bacalar from pirate attacks and the mayan as well. The structure is impressive even though it's rather compact. Visit and enjoy, I really recommend. An hour or less would do.
  • Foreigners have to pay 100 pesos and some locals get in for free for their own business. Went in just for the sake of one and first time visit. Historically 5 out of 5 if you're interested, but the service is 0 out of 5. Compared to the high entrance fee there are nothing provided. Sucks.
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