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

You may enjoy staying in Puerto Plata if you plan on visiting Fortaleza San Felipe, since those visiting this area of the Dominican Republic will have the benefit of easy site access during their visit. There is a sufficient collection of lodgings in the district nearby this attraction.

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

Energetic travelers will also be charmed by the region because of the possibility of open-air options. Historic site visitors who would also like to work on their golf game will surely enjoy heading over to nearby Los Mangos Golf Course. Many moments can also be filled with time at Playa Costambar, the closest beach. However, while these options may be the most convenient to access, you will still find an impressive spread of equally enjoyable recreation options. Historic site guests will find additional indoor places to visit in this general vicinity. Located only a short distance away are two additional interesting places nearby to visit--Parque San Felipe and Birgenair Flight 301 Memorial.


Operating Hours

The hours of operation for the site are not readily available, meaning that your smartest chance at success is phoning early to make certain the property is open to guests when you and your companions have decided to head over.


Show up at this destination with plans to pay the total cost of admission, which your party can learn by phoning before you leave.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (809) 261-6043

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


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