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Fort San Lorenzo

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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Central America
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

A drive through 15kms of rainforest complete with monkeys sloths and birds to arrive at the ruined fort of San Lorenzo with great unspoilt views overs the Chagres river estuary and Carribean 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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42 helpful votes 42 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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25 helpful votes 25 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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

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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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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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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