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Portobelo National Park

Colon, Panama
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Ranked #8 of 15 Attractions in Colon
Type: Historic Sites, National Parks
Activities: Scuba diving
Description: 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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Cayce, South Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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131 reviews 131 reviews
47 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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115 reviews 115 reviews
23 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
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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Camarillo, California
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318 reviews 318 reviews
141 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

You have to go way out of your way to reach Portobelo. The roads are rough and badly in need of repair and it takes seemingly forever to get there. But you are rewarded with one of the original new world fortresses. It it not huge like the fort in Cartegena, Colombia, but is very low scale. The custom house... More

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Haslett, Michigan
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Portobelo is the colonial port used by the Spanish to ship gold and silver from South America to Havana and then on to Spain. This is a small town and much of it is in a state of desrepair. Portobelo is a fairly long drive from Colon over roads that are only in fair condition. There is really not much... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Portobelo is well worth taking a trip. It's certainly not visited by many tourists, but that was fine by us. Our tour guide, Eric Rodriguez (507)6624-2761, took us to Portobelo from Panama City (en route to Gatun Locks and Fort San Lorenzo)...and we enjoyed a little breakfast at a local café (it took an hour to get our food, but... More

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