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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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Spanish fort in portobelo

My brother and I took a day trip out to portobelo from San Carlos, road signs are almost non existent.. so make sure you have gps or maps (which are impossible to find in Panama... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Nathan A
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My brother and I took a day trip out to portobelo from San Carlos, road signs are almost non existent.. so make sure you have gps or maps (which are impossible to find in Panama. The forts were really neat and it was absolutely gorgeous out there. We stopped on the side of the road and went snorkelling, you will... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great little town and ok to good holding in the anchorage. No real dingy dock but we were able to tie up in front of a Restaraunt and buy a drink

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We rented a car for the 96km drive across the isthmus freeway and up the Atlantic coast to Portobello. There is only one exit off this toll road marked Sabanitas, as the signage for Portobello is 2 junctions later in a crowded village with lots of local buses. Once on the 35km single lane paved road it becomes pleasantly rural... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Day trip from Panama City to Portobelo to view the old forts. Interesting, but a quick view will cover it. The real gem is to hire a boat to one the the island coves across the bay. $10/person and $5 for parking will get you to a quite bay with clear water and above average snorkeling (for Panama) Bring your... More 

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Fulton, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Acces very bad on a highway through a couple of towns where people are all over the place. Costumed beggers in road and try to stop you. Not feel real safe. Forteress and Park is partially in one area and partially in another, seperated by town and no sinage to give traveler any help. No parking lot. Park in purple... More 

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Florida Panhandle, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there in February 2017. There are no/very little signage to let you know what things are and where they are. The old Spanish forts are amazing, but have trash all over them and are not kept up with. The views are amazing, but there is NO parking. I would have gladly paid $10 to park, get a ticket to... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have hiked all of the forts more than once. Be sure to take lots of water, since it can be hot and there are no trail side stands to buy beverages. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and not to hike if the grass is too tall. There are poisonous and deadly snakes in Panama, so take care. There... More 

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Bancroft, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Less than 1 1/2 hours drive from Panama City. A great spot to wander the cobbled streets and check out some 18th century ruins and colourful local buildings - UNESCO world heritage site. Plenty of places to stop for a beer or food in town or on the road. Pick up some tasty TOASTED COCONUT from the friendly Colombian coconut... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice place for freediving and scuba. Exist sererals schools or places for rent equipment. Also you can go fishing.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We drove from the Colon area after visiting Ft San Lorenzo, to overnight in Portobelo. Staying in the run down little UN Historical site village was a huge contrast to the Panama Pacific side. We walked the village, toured the 2 old fort ruins and stayed overnight. The narrow village historic site is surrounded by the National Park. The next... More 

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