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Fort San Felipe (Fortaleza San Felipe) Tours

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Fort San Felipe (Fortaleza San Felipe)
Built under the orders of King Philip II of Spain, Fort San Felipe (Fortaleza San Felipe) has been guarding the waters off Puerto Plata for more than 450 years. It was designed to protect the town from pirates as well as European invaders and later served as a prison. Today visitors come to tour the ruins and to enjoy the sweeping sea views from its ramparts. 

The Basics
Fort San Felipe (Fortaleza San Felipe) stands on a promontory at the end of the malecón (seawall promenade) overlooking the Atlantic. Its thick stone walls and doorways protected with coral spikes were intended to keep out invaders. In 1800, the fort was the site of a battle against the United States, when US troops defeated a combined French–Spanish force. During its time as a prison, the fort held Juan Pablo Duarte, one of the Dominican Republic’s founding fathers. 

The fort is filled with military artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries, including cannons and artillery, and information panels in English and Spanish explain the building’s history. 
Fort San Felipe is a popular stop on guided tours of Puerto Plata. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Entry to Fort San Felipe (Fortaleza San Felipe) is via paid ticket. 
  • Audio guides are available for visitors.
  • Watching the sunset from the adjacent park is a popular activity. 
  • The fort is not wheelchair accessible. 
  • Make time to visit Puerto Plata lighthouse, located next to the fort. 

How to Get There
Fort San Felipe (Fortaleza San Felipe) is located at Avenida General Gregorio Luperón in Puerto Plata. It can be reached on foot from most places in the city center, by taxi, or as part of guided tour with round-trip transport provided. 

When to Get There
Fort San Felipe is open every day except Sunday. Lunchtime through early afternoon is the most popular time to visit, but the fort never feels overcrowded. Plan to spend around 30 minutes here perusing the exhibits and enjoying the view.

The Beaches of Puerto Plata
Puerto Plata means “silver port,” and for many years it was one of the most important silver-trading ports in the Caribbean. In modern times, the city has become famous for its beautiful beaches, with soft sand, crystal clear waters, and attractive resort hotels. Sosúa Beach and Golden Beach (Playa Dorada) are among the most popular with vacationers. 
Address: Malecon, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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Explore the highlights of Puerto Plata in one day on this city tour, a great choice for first-time visitors with limited time. You’ll explore the historic Fortress of San Felipe, tour the Brugal Rum Distillery, visit the Amber Museum, taste hand-crafted chocolates at the Del Oro Chocolate Factory, and ride a cable car to the top of Mount Isabel. Plus, lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Get a true taste of Dominican life on this tour of Puerto Plata from Amber Cove. Make the most of your time in port and book your shore excursion in advance, knowing that this tour will give you a full picture of Dominican history, culture, and folklore. With all transportation included and commentary from your guides, you'll learn about the city and additionally get to taste some of its best food and drinks.
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Cable Car & Historic Town Highlights Shore Excursion - Puerto Plata

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From historic attractions to scenic vista points, Puerto Plata has plenty to keep visitors entertained. See the best of the city in a short time frame on this Puerto Plata shore excursion, which includes 10 top area attractions such as the San Felipe Fortress and the historic Victorian district. A small-group limit keeps the tour more personal, while an open bar keeps you feeling like you’re on vacation.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
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The Best of Puerto Plata Culture, History and Beach

The Best of Puerto Plata Culture, History and Beach

We will start at the Puerto Plata Cable Car where we will have a 180 view of the whole city from above. Then we will visit the Fort San Felipe, a historic military building dating back to the XVI century that houses a small museum. After that we will head to a typical Dominican lunch at the historic center of Puerto Plata, walk around the colorful little streets while I tell you a little bit about it's history and why I love this city so much. We will find perfect spots for pictures and delicious typical snacks along the way. For our last stop we will be heading to Sosua beach, where most of the days the water is crystal clear, we will wash off the salt water before heading back.
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