Its history, atmosphere, and impressive views make this a must-visit in Puerto Plata.

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San Felipe Fortress Museum

Puerto Plata's defender has been through hell and high water.

A superb spot to appreciate both colonial history and impressive views out over the sea, since its construction in the 16th century the San Felipe Fortress has been a true survivor, its doughty walls having withstood attacks, fires, and miscellaneous mayhem over the centuries. It helped defend Puerto Plata against pirates and corsairs (and later, in the 1860s, against the Spanish army trying to reconquer the country in the Dominican Restoration War). Today this national patrimony features a museum exhibiting sundry artifacts relating to various aspects of Dominican history and culture. Just as compelling, though, are the views, which you can best appreciate by climbing the tower – guaranteed to provide a spectacular photo op.

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