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Fuerte de San Felipe

Bacalar, Mexico
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Spanish Fort

Interesting location of the Spanish Fort. It over looks the lagoon on a hill. lots of iguanas all... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Mario E. B
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San Jose, California
Interesting historical facts!

The fort itself is very basic, not much to explore but the views are beautiful of the Bacalar... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
marclapointe7319
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Montreal, Quebec
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  • Very good36%
  • Average20%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“nice museum” (7 reviews)
“historic fort” (5 reviews)
“worth a visit” (7 reviews)
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Bacalar, Mexico
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"nice museum"
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"historic fort"
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"worth a visit"
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"san felipe"
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"informative museum"
in 4 reviews
"nice construction"
in 3 reviews
"central building"
in 2 reviews
"town square"
in 2 reviews
"spanish fort"
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"cheap entrance fee"
in 2 reviews
"visit this place"
in 3 reviews
"bacalar lagoon"
in 5 reviews
"beautiful lake"
in 2 reviews
"exhibits"
in 9 reviews
"history"
in 52 reviews
"information"
in 12 reviews
"pirates"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Interesting location of the Spanish Fort. It over looks the lagoon on a hill. lots of iguanas all over the place. It has an interesting museum also.

Thank Mario E. B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The fort itself is very basic, not much to explore but the views are beautiful of the Bacalar lagoon! Inside the main building you will see artifacts from the early seventeen century with historical facts about this ancient fort. Very interesting!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband wanted to go inside to check out the view of the like from a higher location. When we attempted this it turns out you need a ticket ($5 usd). The place is small, literally just one building. Not worth it in our opinion...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This Spanish Fort was very beautiful and it overlooks this beautiful lake that has a array of colors you can just picture how it looks in the days when The fort was active and was repelling Pirates if you have time to travel south to...More

Thank Lakiery S
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

Learn about Bacalar history and enjoy site views. We had the opportunity to attend a film festival from Cineteca Nacional and watch a great documental under the stars.

Thank Maricarmen J
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Reviewed 21 May 2018

This is a small historical fort with an informative museum in the central building, the history is given in both English and Spanish giving a good overview of everything. A previous traveller commented on it being expensive but I just do not understand this at...More

Thank 628AlanM628
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

For the views and therefore some photos it’s nice but for foreigners with 100pesos a bit expensive we thought. It’s a nice construction and it looks also special from the water. To enjoy the views over the lagoon it’s the best point.

Thank rapha_y_nici
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the fort. The views of the lagoon from the different levels were breathtaking. Great photo op.

Thank Marcia R
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

The fort is small but has a great exhibit inside (English and Spanish) about pirates and the history of the region. Super interesting! It has a great view of the lake (obviously) and is right in front of the town square which has several good...More

Thank trubeo
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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

You are here so see the lake but you may as well visit the fortress. It's ok and it has a good presentation of the history of the area. Worth a visit for sure

Thank James H
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