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

Consider staying in Puerto Plata if you plan on visiting Fortaleza San Felipe, as travelers to this area of the Dominican Republic will be excited to have easy site access for the duration of their trip. There are a decent bunch of hotels in the community within range of Fortaleza San Felipe.

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

Outdoor amusements like golfing and heading to the beach will also be found easily and are within close proximity. Historic site patrons looking to follow-up with a few holes of golf should consider going to the closest course, Los Mangos Golf Course. Many days can also be filled with time at Playa Costambar, the nearest beach. Plus, many other outdoor opportunities are situated in the neighborhood. You will also find a fair number of other local attractions in the vicinity. There are a couple of additional attractions worth visiting in the area -Parque San Felipe and Birgenair Flight 301 Memorial- both of which are found not far from the historic site.


Operating Hours

Give the historic site a call ahead of time to find out their operating hours.


For price of admission, call Fortaleza San Felipe before your visit to find out if they charge, and if so, how much.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (809) 261-6043

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


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