Portobelo National Park
Portobelo National Park
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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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Scott
San Francisco, CA6,459 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The fortifications are pretty darn amazing, but I'm not sure it's worth a drive all the way from Panama City unless you are a serious history buff. The town is quite interesting with the colorful buildings. During the day on a Sunday I felt completely safe. In fact everyone I encountered was friendly. The fortifications have their own parking lot. There's also a small area for parking just off the main road. My favorite thing about the fortifications was, oddly, the geology. The fortifications were constructed from local rock including much fossilized coral. The fortifications are one of the best exhibits of fossilized coral I've seen outside of a museum.
Written 25 February 2024
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Kevin
Chicago, IL219 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
if you understand the history it’s a must see, your classic pirates of the Caribbean location - Spanish gold and silver sailed from here back to Europe
Written 10 January 2023
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Lincoln K
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Portobelo is a quiet town seemingly in the middle of nowhere. It's steeped in history, bright colors and charm I liked the place. I enjoyed walking through the Spanish ruins imagining what things must have been like in the 1700's. You won't find fancy hotels and food, but a little search here and there and will get you somewhere. Casa Congo is a great start.

This place has a lot of potential, especially given the ruins and their history. The people are extremely nice. Make sure to pay a visit to the only catholic church in town and meet christo de Negro!
Written 9 January 2023
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CharlieinTexas
Austin, TX5,112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Quite, Nice water views. Ruins of a fort. Cannons and parapets. On the outskirts of town. No entry fee.
Written 26 February 2020
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Joseph D
10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Portobello is a long drive from Colon (90 minutes) for little return. The Portobello National Park covers a small area in the town and is in pretty poor condition. It does look like some work has been started to update the conditions but much more is needed to make the trip worth the effort. The fortifications and the custom house are maybe a 15 minute stop.
Written 3 February 2020
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Cynthia A
Miami, FL29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
This place was really nice to take pictures on any occasion, but nothing else really. You can sit around and take in the scenery, but after that its kinda boring if you don't prepare. We took a picnic basket with our lunch and a cooler with wine and beer and we had a wonderful time. We heard people complaining that there was nothing to see or do, so if you take this trip go prepared and make it fun.
Written 27 October 2019
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Resort545463
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Portobelo is a quiet town seemingly in the middle of nowhere. It's steeped in history, bright colors and third world charm I fell in love instantly. I enjoyed walking through the Spanish ruins imagining what things must have been like in the 1600's sitting by the bay drinking rum and walking the streets and taking in the sights. You won't find fancy hotels here YET its still an unspoiled hub of culture.
Written 15 September 2019
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FunOnly
Calgary, Canada3,833 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
The bus trip from Colon was long and delayed because of road closure associated with a local religious procession. To make matters worse it was pouring rain as frequently happens in this region of Panama. The ruined forts were in a poor state of repair and unimpressive compared to other seventeenth century fortresses in the Caribbean.

We took a tour that combined Portobelo with the Panama Canal Locks and we wished that we had just gone to the locks. The town of Colon was very run down and is best described as “The Colon of Central America”.

This is the least enjoyable port of call that we have experienced in the Caribbean.
Written 21 February 2019
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Nancy Salie
Oakdale, CA61 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
Spent a couple hours wondering around, guessing at what we saw as there was no signage. Park up by the road for free or in the bar parking lot for $1 so your vehicle doesn’t get keyed. Not much to see. The drive in is slow and you need to drive around the questionable dancers in the road. For the drive, traffic and filth, I would advise do not go here. A time waste.
Written 13 February 2019
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lwilliams88
La Romana, Dominican Republic3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
It's such a shame that the Panamaniam Government don't value tourism, their people or their nation's history. The forts could be incredible and a huge asset to the country and the local population. There are nearby beaches and opportunities for museums, hiking, historical tours etc. Unfortunately the town is relying on a few expats and entrepreneurs, who simply do not have the means to make this a wide reaching success.
Francis Drake was buried at sea here! Literally one of the most famous people in history and all there is, is an island named after him.
Shame. Worth a visit but consider the potential.
Written 1 January 2019
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