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Fort San Lorenzo

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Address: Colon, Panama
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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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Do this instead of Portobello

Our guide suggested San Lorenzo only because there was a lot of traffic heading to Portobello, but once we agreed he confessed he actually likes this fort better as its far more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Leigth M
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Los Angeles, California
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Florida
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170 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ruins are ok for history buffs. We had a guide arranged by our cruise that provided a lot of historical facts. The view from the ruins was beautiful. Be prepared for very hot weather during the dry months.

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Los Angeles, California
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336 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our guide suggested San Lorenzo only because there was a lot of traffic heading to Portobello, but once we agreed he confessed he actually likes this fort better as its far more intact, with entire rooms and barracks still in tact, amazing views of the sea and the start of the Chagres river (which if you've learned about the canal... More 

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Sacramento, CA
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

The drive through the rain forest to Fort San Lorenzo was fun, watching for wild life and noting the astounding potholes in the road. It was like an obstacle course! We did see sloths, monkeys, and birds and the fort itself was a very picturesque ruin, sitting right out on a plateau by the sea and a river. The view... More 

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Heathfield, United Kingdom
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124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We took this as a shore excursion from our cruise ship, so it was good we had a guide to explain things. The setting is beautiful - high up overlooking the ocean and the river. It is refreshing to go to a site that is free, not over-run with signs, tourists and "tat"! The fort is in ruins now, some... More 

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Thank denise l
Playa Coronado, Panama
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Perched 75' above the water, with a commanding view of the Chagres River and Atlantic Ocean, this Spanish fort from the 1500's is in surprisingly good condition. This is a self-guided tour so you may wish to read up on the history before you go.

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Thank Rick B
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

This place has beautiful ocean view and cool history. Definitely a place you need to visit. Cool to drive through an abandoned old us military base to get to the fort.

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Thank Bowtie1
San Clemente, California, United States
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

The Fort is what is left of numerous battles between the English and Spanish to secure the new world to old world gold milk run.

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Thank James E
CALIFORNIA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

We visited the fort while on a private tour from our cruise ship and enjoyed it very much. It has great views, and it was good to hear the history and hear about how it was built.

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Between November 1993, and December 1993 while serving as a Combat Medic for HHC 2/327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT), we went through the vigorous Jungle Expert training at Fort Sherman. While there, we took the opportunity to walk the ruins of this magnificent fort. Unlike a Museum fort, where you are limited to displays and the disappointment of... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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59 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

Really beautiful views where the Charges river meets the Atlantic sea. History of pirates with lots of old canons.well preserved and lovely setting.Nice walks to. The drive there from is really nice too and we'll worth taking a guided trip.

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