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Address: Colon, Panama
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Picturesque bayside village features the ruins of five Spanish forts, a...

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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$118*
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Day Trip to Portobelo Ruins and Beach
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Isla Grande Tour from Panamá City

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When in the area, it's a must see

So, if you are in Panama City and you want to go see one of the old Spanish forts of the 1500's, you essentially have two choices on the Caribbean side and you'll have to decide... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Michael D
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Bokeelia, Florida
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Bokeelia, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So, if you are in Panama City and you want to go see one of the old Spanish forts of the 1500's, you essentially have two choices on the Caribbean side and you'll have to decide before you get to Colon. If you go left, it's San Lorenzo and if you go right it's Portobelo. San Lorenzo has so much... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed walking around the little town and listening to our guide provide the history of the place. We even saw a short video about it and toured a small museum. I bought some beautiful, handmade baskets as well as other handmade items prior to walking into the church to see the Black Christ. Would highly recommend taking the bus... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Here you can see how were the fortifications hundreds of years ago. It is a beautifull place, however the lack of maintenance affect the popularity of this place.

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Brisbane, Queensland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

We came to Colon and Portobelo in Panama on a day tour from Panama City, which included visiting the Embera Quera village (and that experience was fantastic). We were supposed to catch the Panama Railway, but it wasn't operating that day as it was a public holiday in Panama (Tuesday, 10 November 2015). I don't know what the public holiday... More 

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Thank seagullrob
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

Great town, friendly people, secluded beaches ( highly recommended) playa Huerta is just a 20 minute boat ride $30 per ride 1-6 people. Small beach, clear waters, secluded especially on week days.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

The historical wealth in this town is tremendous. Unfortunately it has been sorely neglected. There are two forts in town. The Aduanas building is in decent shape. Despite the lack of real concern by the government for this treasure, it is still worth a trip. You can do it as a daytrip from Panama City if you have a car.... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

It doesn't take long to explore the various old parts of this fort. Make sure you have a guide, so you can 'relive' some of the history. It was interesting discussing the layout of the fort and how they defended it (or not). Don't drive all the way from Panama City for just this, spend some time on the beautiful... More 

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Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

This is a great ruin and piece of history. The fort is fairly large and offers picturesque views over the bay.

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Buckeye, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

Portobelo is a pretty small town on a secluded bay from the Caribbean, making it a great harbor. The old fort in the heart of the town feels like "Pirates of the Caribbean" with thick stone walls and rusted old cannons. Access is free. It's worth stopping to see if you are in the area.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile

The site is located in the heart of Portobelo and is integrated into the town's fabric and life. It has no controlled entry - all are free to come and go without payment. There were no signs or staff when we visited. There were local residents playing soccer (football) on the grass in the middle of the fort and children... More 

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