We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Fort San Lorenzo

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 138 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 54
    Excellent
  • 61
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Beautiful Setting, but Just That

The view from Fort San Lorenzo is magnificent. The fort itself is in need of renovation efforts. It is obvious that these efforts were started years (?) ago as all the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Starrette G
Add Photo Write a Review

138 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

the fort was interesting but run down and not attended to. unfortunately the condition of such an historic attraction has been overlooked forever

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, Canada
Level Contributor
25 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

What a beautiful piece of history! You get the chance to walk around the fort and look through the lookout points- which will definitely take you back in time- with beautiful ocean and rainforest in the background. It is amazing to be able to see and touch something so old.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The view from Fort San Lorenzo is magnificent. The fort itself is in need of renovation efforts. It is obvious that these efforts were started years (?) ago as all the scaffolding is rusted and serving no visible purpose. The freestanding walls are leaning, looking to be near collapse. It would have been nice to have some discreet signage giving... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Punta Gorda, Florida
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Beautiful view of the mouth of the Chagres River. Enjoyed seeing the monkeys swinging in the trees and hearing and seeing the howler monkeys on the road in to the Fort.

Was this review helpful? Yes
North Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Awesome trip! Lots of history here but you have to like learning the history dates back to the 1500's. We combined this trip with the trip to the locks and lunch.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pa
Level Contributor
204 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Don't let the long drive scare you off. The fort is very cool once you get there. It would have been nice to have some interpretation...I know the fort went through various "owners" and rebuilds. But there is nothing to explain what it is you are seeing. Very cool spot, tho, with a beautiful view.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I take the public bus from colon bus terminal to Portobello cost $2.65 each way. One hour and 45 minutes away from Panama city .before going to visit the forts do some research online about the history because there is no tour guide and the fort is in ruins

Was this review helpful? Yes
Denver, Colorado
Level Contributor
26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Went here on our arrival day as we couldn't dive yet, Spent about an hour touring the grounds and ruins, as well as the cannons still all lined around the ramparts. Interested experience.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Santiago, Chile
Level Contributor
93 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Fort San Lorenzo also viewed

Colon, Colon Province
 
Colon, Colon Province
Colon, Colon Province
 

Been to Fort San Lorenzo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Fort San Lorenzo

Address: Colon, Panama
Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Colon Province  >  Colon

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Fort San Lorenzo staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?