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Address: Colon, Panama
Activities: Scuba diving
Description: Picturesque bayside village features the ruins of five Spanish forts, a...
Picturesque bayside village features the ruins of five Spanish forts, a restored treasure house and the burial place of Sir Francis Drake.
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Awesome trip. Educational locals were friendly. Stop for lunch at local restaurant food was amazing and very reasonably priced.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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North Chicago, Illinois
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North Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

Awesome trip. Educational locals were friendly. Stop for lunch at local restaurant food was amazing and very reasonably priced.

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Langley City, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The ruins started our imaginations running - imagining the battles with the pirates and what life would be like 500 years ago. We spent about an hour there and thoroughly enjoyed it. We enjoyed the customs house museum which was there as well.

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Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

It is a nice drive from the turn before Colon and a few small towns to pass thru. Nice scenery of the bay on the drive to Portobelo and is very tranquil.

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Terrace, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Portobelo national park is an area of immense importance to the history buff who is inquisitive about the early colonial Spanish days in the Caribbean area. The quiet, rural and rustic community is situated along the shores of a strategically sheltered, picturesque bay along the Caribbean Sea. The bay is relatively narrow and surrounded by lush green hillsides along the... More 

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Piriapolis, Uruguay
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30 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We were exploring the caribbean coast starting from Colon up to La Guayra and were actually a bit disappointed. On the way back we passed the Fort Portobelo. Nothing special.

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I loved my visit to Portobello. Founded by the Conquistadors, the town was raided by such infamous pirates as Sir Frances Drake and Captain Morgan. Fairly well preserved historic ruins and of course, there is the Black Christ in the local church, said to perform miracles, The sheltered bay is scenic and the town is a little oasis away from... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

We visited Portobelo as part of an excursion that included a visit to the Gutan locks...part of Panama Canal. Portobelo is a very depressed town that presents a poor image of Panama. I would not recommend any ship excursion that included Portobelo.

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Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We came here for the day while staying in the Gamboa area, and I feel it was worth the trip. The ruins are not large, but it was very interesting and has beautiful views. We met a local who kindly explained the history of the area, about the storage of all the Spanish gold and the subsequent raiding by the... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
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16 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The ruins at Portobelo are historically significant. It is easy to see how the city was repeatedly destroyed by raiding pirates. Other than the ruins there in not a lot to see except the “Black Christ”, but only when the church is open. You can see everything in a couple hours. If you do not come on an organized tour... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This place is rather famous. It is one of the several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Panama. I read about it before the trip, and its existence was a major reason for my visit to the Caribbean side of Panama. When Spaniards got their treasures in South America, they would store them here and wait for Spain-bound ships. English pirate... More 

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Address: Address: Colon, Panama
Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Colon Province  >  Colon

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