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

You may enjoy staying in downtown Santo Domingo if you plan on visiting Fort San Gil, since those visiting this part of the Dominican Republic will have the benefit of easy site access during their visit. There is a sufficient number of hotels in the community surrounding this attraction.

Hotels near Fort San Gil
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Napolitano Hotel And Casino 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 InterContinetal 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

There are multitudes of eateries to select from in the area immediately near this historical site. The most proximate place to eat is Napolitano's Terrace, which has a menu full of International dishes. The restaurant is maybe about a couple hundred yards away from this landmark, so stop in and enjoy a meal. Erdinger Biergarten and El Rey de Falafel are some of the other refreshment choices nearby. At El Rey de Falafel you can eat some Mediterranean fare and enjoy the local foods and culture of the Dominican Republic.


Contact Information

Location: Downtown Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic


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