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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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Another view of Panama's history

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
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Panama
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124 reviews 124 reviews
8 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

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
169 helpful votes 169 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
30 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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57 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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91 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
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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Cayce, South Carolina
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4 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This fort was interesting and in a very scenic spot. It was not very big and there was not any information about it's history. But the views were amazing. Portobelo is a little beat down and could use some cleaning and a few new roads. But it is an old city and off the tourist rail. But worth a visit.

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Hammond, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I’ve recently returned from a ten day trip to Panama. I have to say that my two favorite excursions were to Cosco Viejo and the village of Portebello. If you’re interested in architecture and structural design, then Cosco Viejo is the place for you. It is a beautiful city that’s buildings reflect both the poor and wealthy aspects of Panama.... More 

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