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Fort San Lorenzo

Colon, Panama
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Ranked #4 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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Cayce, South Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
63 reviews 63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
24 helpful votes 24 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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17 reviews 17 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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126 reviews 126 reviews
47 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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watford
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115 reviews 115 reviews
23 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

There was nobody else here and you could have heard a pin drop which gave it the atmosphere needed. Best to know a bit about this place if you come on your own. We were lucky enough to have a great guide who really made it come alive. It's worth driving really slowly through the forest, we saw a few... More

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Panama City, Panama
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Quite a lot still standing, beautiful spot, not a lot of tourists, plenty of parking. We drove there from Panama City and came over the Gatun locks. The only locks over the Canal you can drive over, impressive! After that a nice drive through the jungle where we saw monkeys!

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Madrid, Spain
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Yes, it is quite a long drive through the forest (if you are lucky, you might see some wild life dart across the road). Once you get there, it is a ruined fort on a rock overlooking the river mouth. Not a lot to do - just drink the view and the history. I thought it a magical place, and... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

It is a long drive to the Fort from the cruise terminal. Along the way, there is really nothing to see. There is a $5 fee to get in and all you will see are dilapidated US houses used by the US military. In the Fort you can wander around but there is nothing to remember it by but the... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Visited here from a cruise. There's nothing there too see and will be a complete waste of time. If you get a shore excursion or a private tour and Fort San Lorenzo is one of the visited site's just stay in the car.

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