Fortaleza San Felipe

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Meant to protect Puerto Plata from pirates, Fortaleza San Felipe was constructed in 1577 and has seen at least some battles in its life time, including when the United States defeated the French and Spanish in a small battle at the site.


The modern fort is known mainly as a museum, though visitors are still free to observe the fort from the outside at no cost. If you do enter the museum, you will be able to ask the staff any questions you have about the fort and its history.

Staying Close

Puerto Plata is a good option for those wishing to visit Fortaleza San Felipe, because those staying in this part of the Dominican Republic will have the benefit of easy site access for the duration of their trip. There are a good amount of lodgings in the locale near this facility.

Hotels near Fortaleza San Felipe
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Club Villas Jazmin Hotel 1.4 mi. (3.8 km) WNW
Hacienda Tropical Resort -- --
Portofino Guest House Guest house 2.2 mi. (1.9 km) SE
Sun Village Resort & Spa Resort 2.5 mi. (5.6 km) WNW
The Bungalows Resort 2.5 mi. (5.6 km) WNW
Lifestyle Presidential Suites Resort 2.6 mi. (5.7 km) WNW
Grand Oasis Marien All Inclusive Resort Resort 3.0 mi. (3.2 km) SE

Location and What's Nearby

You certainly won't go hungry if you're spending time near this historical site; there is a plentiful supply of dining options within traveling distance. La Puntilla, which has a menu full of Italian food, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. It's just around about a hundred yards from this landmark, so stop in and peruse the menu. Sam's Bar & Grill and Skina offer additional dining options close-by. At Skina you can try a bit of International meals and experience the Dominican Republic culture.


Operating Hours

You might want to give the site a call in advance for their operating hours.


To find out how much the museum charges, call Fortaleza San Felipe ahead of time to determine how much they charge, or if they do at all.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (809) 261-6043

Location: Avenida General Gregorio Luperon, Puerto Plata, the Dominican Republic


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