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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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USD 117.70*
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Day Trip to Portobelo Ruins and Beach
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USD 200.00*
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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 bubblesReviewed 22 July 2016
Michael D
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Bokeelia, Florida
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
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

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 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 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 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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