A century after its founding, the city was abandoned and destroyed, by order of the Spanish government, to hinder the advance of English piracy. Another century would pass before it was resurrected again, only to again fall victim to war.
What visitors find today began in 1865. The oldest section of the city features Victorian architecture. San Felipe Cathedral, in the heart of the city, is surrounded by Victorian-era businesses and homes.
Part of a Carnival Cruise Line shore excursion tour takes passengers to this part of the city where traditional dances are performed by local residents; an uplifting and beautiful experience.
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