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Fort San Lorenzo, Colon
(4.1/5 based on 220 reviews on the web)
Find yourself amongst some of Panama’s most significant military ruins at Fort San Lorenzo, once part of a key defence system for transatlantic trade. Constructed by the Spanish Crown in the 17th and 18th centuries, the original fort dates back as far as 1595 and sits atop a cliff, overlooking a beautiful portion of the Caribbean Sea and the mouth of the Rio Chagres. Roam the UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy the national park’s surrounding scenery. The remaining fortifications are the best preserved in all of Panama and considered magnificent examples of the the period’s military architecture. There is little signage at the site, but guides are available. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Colon holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Fort San Lorenzo and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • It's a great historical site of Panama. Beautiful location and last time I went (January 2016) was being very well kept by the keepers. The road from Colon to it feels a little far but it is part of t...  more »
  • Spanish fort, can imagine how active it could have been on battle days, now a peaceful site with a magnificent view of the entrance of the Chagres river. 
  • A nice place with good views with some history, but with very little information. The place is nice however there isn't much to see. The structures are well preserved and the accesses are acceptable. Best of the Fort is the way to get. You can park and take photos of the surroundings near the sea and see anchored ships waiting to pass the canal. Good trip
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  • Beautiful and magical place! I love that because is really ancient, you can feel and historical energy there. Really interesting place to visit and take some great pictures.
  • Old ruins, carribean sea, nice weekend getaway
  • Great fort. British canon (not Spanish?). Howler monkey easy to see and hear. Beach road be careful. Alot of rubbish dumped at beach creek entrance. Place well worth visit.
  • Beautiful beach and port, but forgotten for maintaining it clean and provide basics. But the beach down to the right fort is a must and best part of trip is that you must drive through Gatun Locks to make it to this port. Take plenty of water, and munchies and enjoy.
  • Very nice and remote place. You have to pay a small fee to get there because it's in a National Park of Panama. But its very nice here. you get a good view of the ocean and the old ruins. Even the drive there is worth it....