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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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Nice visit but don't go out of your way.

I love history but the ruins aren't labelled and unless you do your research, you might not know what you are looking at. Most places and countries will label the ruins in the... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2017
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Prague, Czech Republic
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45 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Must go 80 km from Colon to see small ruins and church and one old house. Not worth for 3 hours driving. But in terms of Panama monuments, maybe the best touch of history. Nice view to lagoon with ships, short coffee, long drink and back to Colon (which is not worth to see except Caribic side of Canal)

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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This is a key stop. Imagine all the Caribbean history of pirates and galleons. Well, it all happened right here. The forts and cannons are still there, right where the Spanish left them. The forts are totally open and free and right there in town, easy to walk around while you're waiting for the bus.

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Treasure Island, Florida
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411 reviews
168 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

I love history but the ruins aren't labelled and unless you do your research, you might not know what you are looking at. Most places and countries will label the ruins in the park so you know what happened and what you are looking at. I didn't know until I came home and looked it up on the computer. If... More 

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Vergas, Minnesota
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

The bus ride to Portobello was at least 2 hours and when we arrived we didn't see much. The ruins were interesting but not worth 4 hours on the bus. Had lunch at a little cafe and only got half our order - after AT LEAST a half hour wait.

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Muskoka District, Canada
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126 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This you Have To See Really Kool ,Just at the Entrance to Portobello ,Panama Wish they would do more to preserve in its Natural State No Cost to Enjoy So Enjoy and go into Town as well theres another fort there as well as a Old Trading Post Building Be Safe have Fun the People are GREAT, NO COST FOR... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017 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 

Thank Nathan A
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 February 2017

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

Thank Sean P
Silver Spring, Maryland
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330 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

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 

Thank Gene J
Panama City, Panama
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

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
Reviewed 11 February 2017

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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