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The North Coast Sights

Fortaleza de San Felipe

  • At eastern end of Av. Circunvalación Map It
  • Puerto Plata
  • Military Site

Updated 03/12/2014

Fodor's Review

The only remaining vestige of the colonial era in Puerto Plata was built in the mid-16th century to defend the city against pirates bent on pillaging the growing wealth from its shipping port. In 1605 the fort was dismantled, and it was rebuilt in 1739. It has a moat and a small museum with some historical artifacts—nothing fascinating, though there are pieces from the period. The thick walls and interior moat made it ideal as a prison, which is exactly how the fort

was used. Kids will enjoy the opportunity to run around and explore, but it's not a must-see attraction, certainly not for adults. The views of the bay are excellent, and a grassy knoll provides a pleasant place to sit. The fort is included on most city tours. A restored lighthouse is adjacent, and is included in the entry fee for the fort.

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Sight Information


At eastern end of Av. Circunvalación, on peninsula in Bahía de Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, 57000, Dominican Republic

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Sight Details:

  • $5
  • Daily 11–7

Updated 03/12/2014


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