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, meaning guests staying in this part of the Dominican Republic will be pleased to have easy site access during their time there. There are a notable collection of lodgings in the area nearby this facility.

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 -- there is a concentration of local restaurants within traveling distance. The closest eatery is Napolitano's Terrace, which serves up International meals. The dining establishment is a small ways away, but far enough that you might decide to make arrangements for using some method of transportation to get there. Erdinger Biergarten and El Rey de Falafel are some more restaurant options close to Fort San Gil. At El Rey de Falafel you and your companions may test out Mediterranean food and experience the flavors of the Dominican Republic.


Contact Information

Location: downtown Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic


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