We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Castillo de San Felipe de Lara

Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (169)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good45%
  • Average13%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“entrance fee”(5 reviews)
“few hours”(2 reviews)
Gran lago de Izabal, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Reviews (157)
Filter reviews
71 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews entrance fee few hours cruise excursion the river san felipe beautiful park small fort swimming area spanish fort nice stroll cool place lake izabal boat ride small fee grounds guatemala dulce
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 71 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

So glad we got up early and made the trip. We were the first ones in the fort a little after it opened and had the place to ourselves. Nice entry folks. Be careful of your head and slippery floors. Great views and foto ops....More

Thank Lgqrules
Reviewed 16 September 2018

A great visit for a few hours to explore a little part of Guatemala's interesting past with Spain. Worth your time to take a look around, enjoy the English guided tour (as well as the beautiful views) and take a walk around the beautiful park....More

1  Thank AdventureSeeker75
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed the views. The guided tour was very interesting. And you can spend some time outside or even swim at the river

Thank denissedaniela91
Reviewed 7 May 2018

The Castillo is a beautiful place, situated where the Rio Dulce and Lago Izabal come together, so you have river views on one side and lake views on the other. The fort itself has been well-cared for and features original cannons. The grounds have been...More

Thank mrandmrsdavis2015
Reviewed 24 March 2018

This is a beautiful little fortress at a well kept portion of the river. There are clean restrooms, shopping and a restaurant.

Reviewed 22 March 2018

I thought the Castillo was really interesting. It is really well preserved and just a cool place. You can visit by land or water and I think seeing it from the lake was awesome.

Thank Ravenito
Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

This is a lovely little fortress that offers great views and the possibility of getting there directly by the river. Either by boat or kayak. It has places great for a pick nick and offers awesome sunset views!

Thank fur312
Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

Well maintained fort on banks of lake. We got here by coach from Santos Tomas de Castilla. Tour guide was very informative. Eye opener was the wide spread poverty all along the 80km journey. Boat ride from Rio Dulce to fort was great. Contrast to...More

Thank welshpeej
Reviewed 22 February 2018

So the castle is great and very much worth visiting. Do not book it as a tour. You can show up by kayak and do not have to pay the agency way too much for the service of pointing you towards the castle.

Thank mrjerryjackson
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

I liked the way they preserved the castle, love the view and the surroundings. You can spend whole afternoon there and godine back to Rio Dulce by boat. Just ask.

Thank Nestashna
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 13 nearby hotels
Banana Palms Hotel Resort & Marina
78 reviews
.93 km away
Hotel Mansion del Rio
190 reviews
1.15 km away
Tortugal River Lodge
290 reviews
1.61 km away
Hotel Marina & Yacht Club Nana Juana
119 reviews
2.34 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 45 nearby restaurants
Banana Palms Restaurant
6 reviews
.94 km away
Restaurante Ranchon Mary
66 reviews
2.08 km away
Restaurante Rosita
58 reviews
.93 km away
The Restaurant at Tortugal
16 reviews
1.59 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 11 nearby attractions
Seven Altars
287 reviews
32.44 km away
Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua
199 reviews
37.28 km away
Punta de Palma
9 reviews
39.71 km away
Warasa Garifuna Drum School
85 reviews
55.81 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Castillo de San Felipe de Lara staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines