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Address: Colon, Panama

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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USD 117.70*
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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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I am glad that I was able to visit this UNESCO World Hertiage site It was worth seeing the fort even if it was in ruins. But I feel that the Panamanian Government has not really... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sue P
San Francisco
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Sebastian, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While this area is not as nice or well kept or interesting, it was worth the visit considering what else is in the area. It could have been better kept up and restroom facilities surely could be improved upon. The fort is really a ruin which is OK as we knew that before we went. When compared to other forts... More 

Thank barbaragwen270
San Francisco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am glad that I was able to visit this UNESCO World Hertiage site It was worth seeing the fort even if it was in ruins. But I feel that the Panamanian Government has not really developed the site to its fullest. Definitely needs more parking and better toilet facilities. The Church with the Black Jesuswas very interesting too

Thank Sue P
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Panamanian government should definitely devote more resources to restore this place. The forts are nearly five hundred years old. However, they do not receive the level of attention and preservation like other states do to their historic sites. This is a definitely a recommended place o visit if it is better restored.

Thank Leon L
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

This is a very historic site with forts and rich history of colonial times. Stories of pirates and the defense of the city. Our guide was very good but the litter around the area is so pervasive that it is almost unbearable at times. Lucky for us, our dive guide, Christian, doubled as our tour guide and gave us a... More 

Thank Kyle_P1
Winchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

The fort is quite integral into the town, which adds character to such a small town. It is underdeveloped, which while not providing the quality renovations of some other sights, does provide it with some strange type of charm. It is worth exploring both main areas of the fortifications; the part nearer the mouth of the bay and the one... More 

Thank HappyGoblin
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

I was very surprised to see how lovely, safe and charming this little town is. The ruins are very nice. We got beautiful photos. The area is kept clean. We were the only ones at the park. There are many canons on the grounds

1 Thank igot2itchyfeet
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

This place has some history. The fort is there since the times when pirate were a real danger in the Caribbean. It looks very impressive. For approx 30 $ per person locals will take you in a motor boat to playa Huerta located on a small island in front of Portobello. You will love it specially if you are coming... More 

Thank Kittypretty
Bokeelia, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

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 

2 Thank Michael D
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

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 

Thank Nancy O
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 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.

Thank Felipe B

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