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Address: , Colon, Panama
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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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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The place have a very nice view of the sea. The old castle ruins are clean and safe. Locals are kind and helpful. The site is OK as part of a tour, but don't plan to stay there a lot of time, since you end walking in and out, there's no more.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

very interesting, as well as the fort, but the area is not attended to. trash is strewn about the area. be prepared

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North Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 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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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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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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