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Fort San Lorenzo

Colon, Panama
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Ranked #3 of 15 Attractions in Colon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Hamilton, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Do you like old style (more than 100 yrs) scenic? This is the place to go! They have few cannons like the movies. Great area to shot pictures.

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Panama City, Panama
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Hidden gem!. Complete your sightseeing with the history of how Pirate Morgan seized the fort. Incredible view

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Forts aren't always my first choice for tour stops, but this one has some cool backdrops and frames for pictures. Go late afternoon to catch some cool shadows and lighting effects in the tunnels. Not much explanation or history markers, but you get the basic idea that it was at one time very functional and necessary to protect this area... More

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Medellin, Colombia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

If you take the famous train from Panama City to Colon you should visit Fort San Lorenzo. Not beceause of the the pile of old bricks that are there, but for the trip towards the Fort. The trip takes you through a forest with all kinds of animals. Howler monkeys, tities , small capybaras (agouti) and if you are very... More

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Caracas, Venezuela
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

To get to Fuerte San Lorenzo you have to go through a paved road in the middle of the Panama jungle. You have to pay about 10 $ I think to enter. You can take one of the unpaved roads and get to hidden beaches with a great view. Once you get to the fort, first thing you notice is... More

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Cayce, South Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Fort Lorenzo is a cool landmark. It is in a remote location at the mouth of the Chagres River and has a long history. It was originally built at sea level and subsequently destroyed by pirates, then another was built at 80 feet on a bluff. It has a lot more history and the area is really beautiful. You can... More

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Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Had a good visit to the fort. Its rather impressive to see the old fort and canons, to think that they in old time used this to guard the river so the pirates couldnt enter! Amazing story.

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Hartsville, South Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We hired a cab to take us from Shelter Bay to San Lorenzo ($80 for 6 people). The drive is short. The fort is clean and cleared of brush. The view is spectacular. If you go with kids, don't let them run around. There are deep holes full of water without guard rails, and some parts of the cliff have... More

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Cupertino, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We went to Fort San Lorenzo as a side trip to our main trip which was to visit the Gatun Locks, the locks on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal. This site has historic meaning to Panamians, the Spanish conquerors and to the British pirates. There are a few remaining walls, cannons, etc. Nothing exciting. However, the view of... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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47 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

My husband and I drove here on our own from Panama City. The fort was pretty cool, but not worth more than a 15 or so minute visit. The interesting part of the visit was trying to enter. They had about 6 army guys (not Policia) at the entrance and they searched our car. They were nice, but we speak... More

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