Imposing its iron fist from its elevated point in the center of town is the Fortaleza de Santa Bárbara, a Spanish colonial fortress that was erected to help defend Trujillo Bay from pirate attacks. The 17th-century fort, which was renovated in 2005, was reportedly much bigger centuries ago and extended all the way down to the beachfront. Today, you will find a vast outline of stone walls with moss growing through the cracks and a couple of small buildings. A row of iron cannons point out towards the water below and, if you've drunk plenty of Guifiti (a Garífuna moonshine), incoming buccaneers. There is a small museum within the fortress with a collection of colonial items, muskets, pirate relics, naval memorabilia, and Garífuna masks.