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Fort San Lorenzo

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Address: Colon, Panama
Description: King Phillip II ordered the fortress to be built in 1595, which is located...
King Phillip II ordered the fortress to be built in 1595, which is located on the Chagres River commanding a view of the mouth of the river and miles out to sea.
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Lovely setting

This fort has a really beautiful setting. Views over the sea, river and rainforest. An interesting place to take a stroll around, soaking up the history and views.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
72 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This fort has a really beautiful setting. Views over the sea, river and rainforest. An interesting place to take a stroll around, soaking up the history and views.

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Piriapolis, Uruguay
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68 reviews 68 reviews
30 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The trip to the Fort via Fort Sherman was a very interesting drive through a tropical forest. The Fort with impressive old stone walls and beautyful trees around. The Shelter Bay Marina Restaurant in Fort Sherman, nice sittings at the Marina, but american style food.

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Montreal, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

One of the oldest Spanish forts in America and declared a World UNESCO Heritage Site, It is located on the Atlantic side of Panama. My visit there was in July 2009 and was part of a tour and and i enjoyed every moment of it. It is quit well preserved. Nice view on the bay. Lots of birds.

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Golfito, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This was a very short ride from Fort Sherman where we were staying with our boat. The drive was quite nice through a national park. They charge $5 per person, which is worth it. The views are wonderful including the opening to the Chagras River

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Central America
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

If you are going to visit Fort Lorenzo read about its history before you arrive. There are no plaques or other literature for you to read at the fort. The fort is set at the mouth of the Charges River over looking the Caribbean. It is a beautiful place set in the jungle overlooking the sea. We actually walked the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We had a great day at Ft San Lorenzo. We picnicked , fished and snorkeld as thee was a lot of pottery in the ocean from long ago. We saw many howler monkeys high in the trees and lots of birds. I would recommend this visit for any Family. The fort is very beautiful and you can walk freely throughout... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

A drive through 15kms of rainforest complete with monkeys sloths and birds to arrive at the ruined fort of San Lorenzo with great unspoilt views overs the Chagres river estuary and Carribean sea.

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Panama City, Panama, Panama
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Very nice view of the beach. Worth visiting. I would recommend visiting early morning when there are fewer tourists. I think it needs more care from authorities and tourists as a lot of litter was lying around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

My family of three was lucky to visit this fort as part of the tour "Best of Colon" led by my friend Mario. At the end of the tour, we went there. We had to pass the tropical forest, which turned dark, since it was covered by the canopy and it was late in the afternoon. The road was fine,... More 

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Yorktown, Virginia, United States
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Best view in all of Panama. The Fort is way out there so you will drive for a while. Worth the effort as the fort is open and easy to climb around. Saw a monkey while visiting. View is breathtaking. Cost 5.00 a person and closes early.

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