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.
Book In Advance
All photos (272)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent26%
  • Very good42%
  • Average25%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“black christ”(14 reviews)
“nice scenery”(2 reviews)
“real panama”(2 reviews)
Picturesque bayside village features the ruins of five Spanish forts, a restored treasure house and the burial place of Sir Francis Drake.
Colon, Panama
Improve This Listing
Ways to Experience Portobelo National Park
from $117.70
More Info
from $200.00
More Info
from $86.00
More Info
Reviews (180)
Filter reviews
90 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews black christ nice scenery real panama panama city interesting history fort walls church signage ship rainforest
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 90 reviews
Reviewed November 8, 2018

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....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank normanf230
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank diazpty88
Reviewed August 5, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank travelbug2332
Reviewed May 10, 2018

we had gone to park via cruise ship excursion. it was a long drive, saw lots of poverty, then beautiful scenery. the is not much at the fort then you saw a little movie and then the beautiful church. Traffic was heavy, we were not...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Stiegjl
Reviewed April 18, 2018 via mobile

Took this trip from Colon. About an hour+ drive. Not much to see along the way and spent about 45 minutes total at the sights: fort ruins, church of black Christ and custom (governors) house museum. Museum has English DVD and English signage. Interesting, but...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank mike w
Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

We drove along the coast and enjoyed the views of both the rainforest and the ocean. There are nice restaurants and some nice beaches and an impressive ruined fort to visit.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Lattemachiato
Reviewed March 5, 2018 via mobile

This was our biggest mistake to go there. Both of two destination was very wasted full of junks and nobody speak English. Trust me you can't ask for coffee ....they don't understand you.totally nothing.in the hotels or local restaurants too. All the pics are lying...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank SteveMara79
Reviewed January 27, 2018

Went with a local to this historical site. The drive was through some very questionable areas. The site itself is very interesting. We spent 3 hours driving round trip. Probably wouldn't do it again.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank aprilr0324
Reviewed July 2, 2017

We did this as a part of our trip to Colon via the train from Panama City. We had a fantastic tour guide, Sorhay our travel guide from the real panama tours, who grew up in the area, took us on a tour of the...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank jcharanis
Reviewed July 1, 2017

This is an interesting fort in Portobelo. It is free to enter and steeped in history. Worth visiting if you're in Portobelo.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank KayleeShepheard
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 9 nearby hotels
El Otro Lado
118 reviews
.74 miles away
Coconut Grove Lodge
17 reviews
8.69 miles away
Radisson Colon 2000 Hotel & Casino
350 reviews
20.86 miles away
Meryland Hotel
20 reviews
21.02 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 22 nearby restaurants
Captain Jack's
160 reviews
.32 miles away
El Castillo
98 reviews
.84 miles away
Casa Vela
43 reviews
.15 miles away
Bakery and Restaurant Rico&Rico
32 reviews
.18 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 23 nearby attractions
48 reviews
.32 miles away
Black Christ
107 reviews
.34 miles away
Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo
34 reviews
.26 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Luisa A
November 7, 2016|
Response from Kittypretty | Reviewed this property |
actually at the spot where you find the ruins of the fortress there is a place where they sell local food but it's not so good and a little overpriced. on the way to Portobello on the left hand (on the shore line) you will... More