Portobelo is well worth taking a trip. It's certainly not visited by many tourists, but that was fine by us. Our tour guide, Eric Rodriguez (507)6624-2761, took us to Portobelo from Panama City (en route to Gatun Locks and Fort San Lorenzo)...and we enjoyed a little breakfast at a local café (it took an hour to get our food, but get used to that in Panama!), some time at the fort ruins, the old customs house where the gold was stored, the Church of Black Jesus, and a really cheap boat charter from Juan Fernandez ($30)...who took us to a private little island beach, where we enjoyed snorkeling and hanging out, by ourselves. Just being in Portobelo takes you back in time to the pirate days...with cannons pointed out at the waters...you can almost picture yourself being there!
One tip: throw a roll of toilet paper in your backpack :-)
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