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Portobelo National Park

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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
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Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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55 helpful votes 55 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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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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Cayce, South Carolina
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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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Jacksonville, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

So much history in such a remote location.....A short drive up the Atlantic coast brings you to this sleepy village which was once the richest city in the world....all of the gold and silver that the conquistadors pilfered from the Inca Empire was stored here and put on the Spanish treasure ships for shipment to Spain. The Bay was originally... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a fascinating port town with many Spanish fort ruins. Great for those who are interested in pirates or history. But....it closes very early, an hour earlier than the sign says and then the books say. So you should arrive before 2 pm so you can enter the museum and have time to see the movie.

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Cool, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Visited this landmark today. The two easily accessible forts in town were very cool to walk around & the Church of the Black Christ was awesome, but we were surprised at how unkempt these landmarks are. We couldn't enter any of the rooms in the forts because they stank of urine & feces, but if you stay outside, you're okay.... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We drove ourselves over to this area from Panama City. It was nice to see the Caribbean side. We stopped at some pretty beaches along the way and the fort is definitely a great place to stop. We learned the first day in Panama that if you are driving all around the country on your own, bring food and drinks!... More 

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watford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

There are a number of forts here worth looking at and soaking up the atmosphere. The church is definitely interesting as it contains a black Christ. The buses are amazing, very highly patterned and colourful. Just wander around this place, you'll see more than you think

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