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Fort San Lorenzo

Address: Colon, Panama
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Ranked #5 of 14 Attractions in Colon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: King Phillip II ordered the fortress to be built in 1595, which is located on the Chagres River...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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.
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Panama City, Panama, Panama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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29 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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quebec
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35 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We went there on an organized tour with Travel unlimited! I usually never do tours! But it seemed very complicated to go there by our own. The book saying there are no buses and that you have to take 50$ taxis... I'm glad we did! The view was terrific! The fort is amazing! They are doing some work currently to... More 

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Breda
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Standing on the top of the fort overlooking the stunning surroundings, one can only imagine what it must have been like way back then. 17th century pirate Henry Morgan raided the place before heading to Panama City. Looking down from the fortress walls you think, how? Stunning views of the Chagres river entrance. Good same day combination with Gatun Locks... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Just reminiscing about Ft. San Lorenzo. My Father was in the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Clayton on the Pacific side. I was in a Boy Scout troop and we had a 3 day camping event there. As a kid, this place was awesome. We traveled to the Fort in several cars on Friday, setup camp by early afternoon and... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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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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