Portobelo National Park

Portobelo National Park, Colon: Address, Phone Number, Portobelo National Park Reviews: 4/5

Portobelo National Park
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Picturesque bayside village features the ruins of five Spanish forts, a restored treasure house and the burial place of Sir Francis Drake.
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CharlieinTexas
Austin, TX3,753 contributions
Ruins ... Fort and water view
Feb 2020 • Friends
Quite, Nice water views. Ruins of a fort. Cannons and parapets. On the outskirts of town. No entry fee.
Written February 26, 2020
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Joseph D
10 contributions
Portobelo Visit
Jan 2020
Portobello is a long drive from Colon (90 minutes) for little return. The Portobello National Park covers a small area in the town and is in pretty poor condition. It does look like some work has been started to update the conditions but much more is needed to make the trip worth the effort. The fortifications and the custom house are maybe a 15 minute stop.
Written February 3, 2020
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Cynthia A
Miami, FL28 contributions
Wonderful views
Sep 2019 • Couples
This place was really nice to take pictures on any occasion, but nothing else really. You can sit around and take in the scenery, but after that its kinda boring if you don't prepare. We took a picnic basket with our lunch and a cooler with wine and beer and we had a wonderful time. We heard people complaining that there was nothing to see or do, so if you take this trip go prepared and make it fun.
Written October 27, 2019
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Resort545463
1 contribution
My quiet adventure to Portobelo
Feb 2019
Portobelo is a quiet town seemingly in the middle of nowhere. It's steeped in history, bright colors and third world charm I fell in love instantly. I enjoyed walking through the Spanish ruins imagining what things must have been like in the 1600's sitting by the bay drinking rum and walking the streets and taking in the sights. You won't find fancy hotels here YET its still an unspoiled hub of culture.
Written September 15, 2019
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FunOnly
Calgary, Canada3,912 contributions
A long drive to a poor attraction
Nov 2018 • Couples
The bus trip from Colon was long and delayed because of road closure associated with a local religious procession. To make matters worse it was pouring rain as frequently happens in this region of Panama. The ruined forts were in a poor state of repair and unimpressive compared to other seventeenth century fortresses in the Caribbean.

We took a tour that combined Portobelo with the Panama Canal Locks and we wished that we had just gone to the locks. The town of Colon was very run down and is best described as “The Colon of Central America”.

This is the least enjoyable port of call that we have experienced in the Caribbean.
Written February 21, 2019
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Nancy Salie
Oakdale, CA62 contributions
Fort ruins
Feb 2019 • Friends
Spent a couple hours wondering around, guessing at what we saw as there was no signage. Park up by the road for free or in the bar parking lot for $1 so your vehicle doesn’t get keyed. Not much to see. The drive in is slow and you need to drive around the questionable dancers in the road. For the drive, traffic and filth, I would advise do not go here. A time waste.
Written February 13, 2019
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lwilliams88
La Romana, Dominican Republic2 contributions
Huge missed opportunity
Jan 2019 • Couples
It's such a shame that the Panamaniam Government don't value tourism, their people or their nation's history. The forts could be incredible and a huge asset to the country and the local population. There are nearby beaches and opportunities for museums, hiking, historical tours etc. Unfortunately the town is relying on a few expats and entrepreneurs, who simply do not have the means to make this a wide reaching success.
Francis Drake was buried at sea here! Literally one of the most famous people in history and all there is, is an island named after him.
Shame. Worth a visit but consider the potential.
Written January 1, 2019
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normanf230
Las Vegas, NV257 contributions
Interesting History
Oct 2018 • Couples
I have visited the fort ruins several times over the last twenty years and it always fascinates me. Not much to really learn at the fort but if you read about it on-line you can visualize the purpose of the fort by wondering the grounds. Would be useful if they installed more billboards through the area for those that don't know the background.
Written November 8, 2018
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Diazpty
Colon, Panama282 contributions
Nice scenery for taking pictures
Jan 2018 • Family
Been to this place for many times.
first stop to the Black Church Portobelo and continued to Portobelo National Park.
A place to just enjoyed the scenery and taking some pictures.
Written August 27, 2018
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travelbug2332
Altus, OK233 contributions
Small fort national park that needs to be maintained better.
Jul 2018 • Couples
Sadly, when I came here there was some graffiti on one of the fort walls which is not a good thing. The place is small and you can get through this in an 1 max. I found some litter on the floor at the entrance and it just appears no one is really taking care of the place. I am glad I came cause it was something that added to my overall trip, but not a place I would run to again.
Written August 5, 2018
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