Fort San Gil

Built in the early 1500's, this fort is most famous for the destruction of the USS Memphis, which was flung into the fort's walls and cliffs during a storm, killing forty and seriously injuring 204 sailors. To this day, the bell of the ship resides in a nearby church, but visitors can see where it all happened by exploring the fort itself.


Anyone looking to explore the fort can feel free to climb the walls (which don't stand very tall) and lookout over the water and the city. It is most commonly used to host local concerts on the weekends, so if you hear of an event during your visit, this is a great way to experience culture and history at once.

Staying Close

Fort San Gil is located in downtown Santo Domingo, ensuring travelers to this region of the Dominican Republic will be excited to have easy access to this historic attraction during their time there. If you want to stay somewhere close to Fort San Gil, you'll find a reasonable number of hotels to choose from in the area.

Hotels near Fort San Gil
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Hotel Napolitano Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.3 km) WSW
Casa Dona Elvira B & B 0.3 mi. (0.3 km) NE
Casas del XVI Hotel 0.3 mi. (1.2 km) NE
Mercure Comercial Santo Domingo Hotel 0.5 mi. (0.1 km) NE
Crowne Plaza Santo Domingo Resort 0.5 mi. (0.7 km) WSW
Hotel Palacio Hotel 0.5 mi. (0.1 km) NNE
Tierra Plana Hostel 0.5 mi. (0.0 km) NE

Location and What's Nearby

If you've worked up an appetite during your visit, don't worry -- you'll find an exceptional selection of lunch and dinner spots within traveling distance. Napolitano's Terrace, which serves up International dishes, is also the closest restaurant to this site. The dining establishment is a slight distance off, but distant enough that you will need to arrange for employing some mode of transport to travel there. Erdinger Biergarten and El Rey de Falafel are some of the other dining options close-by. At El Rey de Falafel you should be sure to eat some Mediterranean cuisine and enjoy the culture of the Dominican Republic.


Contact Information

Location: downtown Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic


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