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Riviera Maya Sights

Fuerte de San Felipe Bacalar (San Felipe Fort)

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Updated 03/07/2013

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Fuerte de San Felipe Bacalar is a 17th-century stone fort, built by the Spaniards using stones from the nearby Mayan pyramids. It was originally constructed as a haven against pirates and marauding bandits, then was transformed into a Maya stronghold during the War of the Castes. Today the monolithic structure, which overlooks the enormous Laguna de Bacalar, houses government offices and a museum with exhibits on local history (ask for someone to bring a key if museum

doors are locked).

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Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Mexico



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  • $5
  • Tues.–Thurs. and Sun. 9–7

Updated 03/07/2013


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Jun 30, 2006

Fuerte de San Felipe SURPRISE What a Site to See!

Do NOT make this an afterthought. The fort itself is worthy of a visit no matter how short. If you have an affinity for history this is a wonderful place and very cheap. The history of the Mayan people, the Spanish conquerors, and the Pirates make this place a wonderful destination. Close to Bacalar and Cenote Azul it is a wonderful and surprising location to visit. I am a history lover especially items that are not frequently detailed in History

books. The Caste Wars, the Cruzoobs, and the opposite rendition of Sir Francis Drake, Pirate are mentioned here. Certainly not quantity here, but QUALITY for certain. To visit the museum, tour the fort and the like takes no more than an hour but this is a must for true lovers of history and obscure history at that.

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