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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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Nice historical place, you'll enjoy the visit!

I'll do my review from different perspectives: ride to site, cost of visit, site condition and history accessibility. Ride to site: I just loved the road in the Panama rain... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I'll do my review from different perspectives: ride to site, cost of visit, site condition and history accessibility. Ride to site: I just loved the road in the Panama rain forest. In big part of the ride you'll be parallel to the Canal and the River so you'll enjoy in some parts seeing the ships navigating through the river. While... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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23 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Drove up to this fort that the Spanish built to stop Pirates from entering the Chagres River into Panama. Great spot, although much of the fort has succumbed to the elements. It is still a pristine area that one considers still looks like it did in the early 1600s. No development here. Took tons of pictures.

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Langley City, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We spent a day at the Gatun Locks and then headed across the bridge to Fort San Lorenzo. The fort is relatively well preserved and the views are incredible. You can see the ocean on one side and the Chagres river on the other. Our driver pointed out howler monkeys to us on several occasions.

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Panama
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10 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

A bit of a drive past the Gatun lock with wait for passing ships but worth the time. Shaded parking under huge trees and a well manicured area. The bridge across to the fort is a bit worn and old but held my 300 lbs. no problem. Inside the fort area are many old cannons and the fort structure is... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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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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30 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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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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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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