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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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Daytrip to Fort San Lorenzo

This is a nice day trip from Colon. The drive was easy and short. The entry gate man was nice and friendly. Lucky for us we arrived just when he was feeding his Gatos de Sol, a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2015
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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW 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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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This is a nice day trip from Colon. The drive was easy and short. The entry gate man was nice and friendly. Lucky for us we arrived just when he was feeding his Gatos de Sol, a really interesting species like a possum/raccoon. The Fort was picturesque though the walking bridge was a little worrisome. We read up on the... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Two hour drive from Panama City. You pass the Gatun Locks and go into the Sherman Fort. Be sure to study the history of the place before you go there as there are no tour guides and no explanatory signs. No entrance fee, no restrooms, no coffee shop. The views from the rundown fort of the entrance to the Chagres... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Short Visit from Panama City and very scenic outlook. It would help if you read up on the history or have a tour guide.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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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

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London, Canada
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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.

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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 

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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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.

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North Chicago, Illinois
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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.

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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.

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