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Address: Colon, Panama
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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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$118*
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Beautiful piece of history, a must to see.

As with everything of historical significance in Panama, this place is abandoned. Dirty, with cowebs, cans, styrofoam cups, horrible. There is potential here.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
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Saint John, Canada
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183 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on a tour with The Real Panama Thr. They had the best prices compared to the hotel Gamboa package. Plus this lady gave us a better history lesson I'm sure as she never stopped giving us information all day and it made it far more interesting. Francis Drake is suppose to be buried at sea out there somewhere.... More 

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Thank Murray D
Burbank, California
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Fascinating part of Panama's history. However, the fort ruins are not at all kept up...much litter and puddles of water around. The ruins and town of Portobelo have so much potential with a visionary person, group or organization.

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Thank elizabeth91504
Central America
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110 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

As with everything of historical significance in Panama, this place is abandoned. Dirty, with cowebs, cans, styrofoam cups, horrible. There is potential here.

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Thank MEDTRAV
South Miami, Florida
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150 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

These forts are worth the trip and located in a beautiful bay. Two are one side of the bay and the others are accessible by boat on the other side of the bay. The two main forts are right in the town area and as a result can have garbage close by. The forts are not maintained well and walking... More 

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Thank Scott W
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Nice to see and hear the history of this peace of Panama. I had the luck to be accompanied by a tour guide when I came back from diving with Scuba Panama.

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Thank Sander L
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Portobelo is in a slum. Getting there is not pleasant and the town is in extreme poverty. Nothing to see or do. Eat at your own risk.

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1 Thank Laural A
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

Cool little town with great history. Has a great fort. Nice ocean views from the fort and town. Another site in panama to visit.

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Thank Bowtie1
Mar del Plata, Argentina
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38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

We went there as part of a day tour with Lumo. Quaint little pueblito. There is a museum, and the church with a black jesus christ statue, still there. The locals were offended by it's color and tried several times to ship it back to Europe but every time there inclement weather and could not get rid of it. This... More 

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Thank WebHoy
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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Thank Bob M

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