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Address: Port Nelson, San Salvador
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Old pirate palace located 85 feet above sea level.

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Remains of what we were told was an old slave plantation. Adventurous hike. The views are awesome. History lovers.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 May 2016
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Islamorada, FL
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Imagine what it must've been like living back in the time of Pirate Watling. The sign to this castle is down so it's hard to find but worth the walk.

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Lakeland, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

The hurricane from last year knocked off the top. Many other places to explore near by. Looks like slave quarters below. Rough walking in areas so take some good shoes. Of course it's hot in the summer so plan accordingly. Lots to see multiple buildings. You have to work through the trail to see more.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

Remains of what we were told was an old slave plantation. Adventurous hike. The views are awesome. History lovers.

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Broomfield, Colorado, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

This is the ruins of the house, not really a whole lot to look at, but it has a somewhat spooky affect. Interesting to think about life on the island so long ago.

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Thank Steven G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

A half of day looking at the ruins is a many adventure in itself. Grab a picnic lunch a friend or tow , a few bottles of water and some supportive shoes to walk up and down he rocky sandy hills that the ruins are on. (Maybe bug spray also) as you will be out in nature. The runs are... More 

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Thank Autumn H
Lynchburg, Virginia
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

As is obvious, this place is a ruins. Find someone who knows about its various features, probably someone from the Gerace Resarch Center at the North end of San Sal, and arrange for transportation. It is NOT developed as a tourist site, bring everything you will need including sunscreen, bug spray and especially water. Dress like Indiana Jones, especially if... More 

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South Bend, Indiana, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2014

It was a bit difficult for us to find this (but we might just be clueless) but it was neat to explore and walk around. I suggest reading about the castle before you go, as there aren't many (or any, if I remember correctly) to tell you what you're looking at and why it is neat.

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Thank Marcia M
Klagenfurt, Austria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

People, who are interested in knowing the historical background of Bahamas, should visit the ruins of Watling’s Castle. This place is 18th century plantation that describes the history, culture and tradition of Bahamas. We saw remnants of storage buildings, slave quarters, main house and a mess hall. This castle is located 85 feet above sea level that offers picturesque view.... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2013

Imagining the previous owners and the history here. Finding the path at the south end of the island can be difficult but worth the walk. The castle overlooks one of the most beautiful bays, French Bay. After you visit the castle you can snorkel in the reefs at French Bay. You must a rent a car for at least a... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2012

It may be a pile of rocks to some visitor's but my maiden name is Watling. This pirate was my great, great,........grandfather. Amazing to see for me!

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