Fortaleza San Felipe, Puerto Plata

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Historic Site · Tourist Spot
When in Puerto Plata, pay a short visit to Fortaleza San Felipe, a historic Spanish fortress and the only remnant of the 16th century city. Situated on a hill overlooking the Atlantic, the fort was used to protect the city from pirate attacks. Commissioned by King Felipe IV of Spain, the fortress was erected in 1577, witnessed a couple of battles, and was occasionally used as a prison. Today you can visit the fort, which was converted into a museum in 1965. See the military artifacts inside and enjoy the scenic bay views. Using our custom trip planner, Puerto Plata attractions like Fortaleza San Felipe can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This building and location has so much history to tell and you feel it when visiting this old fortress. The first in settlement in the Americas!  more »
  • Lots of good history, cool looking fort. Guys selling stuff outside the fort are pretty aggressive and annoying.  more »
  • Very nice historical fort, clean and well maintained. The grounds around it are really nice as well, with a gorgeous view of the ocean and mountains beyond. The only downside is that the radio with the audio tour they give you is very poor quality and kept cutting in and out. But otherwise this is a worthwhile place to visit.
  • This fort was an interesting reminder that Spain once controlled the Island. It has the same basic style as the Spanish forts in St Augustine and Puerto Rico, except this one is noticeably smaller.

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