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Fort San Lorenzo, Colon

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Historic Site
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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  • We drove ourselves- not a problem, just dodge the potholes. Ferry is free, but you may have to wait 30 mins or more, as they have a limited capacity. We drove down to beach that's just before fort, 1....  more »
  • For some reason, Panama does not exploit its national parks, and this in particular has a high potential. The place of the strong runs in 20-30 min, however I saw had trails, for reasons of time I could not visit them, but judging by sight, it should be a nice experience because there is little tourism. Facilities: does not have facilities, however there are plastic portable toilets and a small sale of handicrafts made by the same artisan. Cost: $5 (cash only) access: there is no public transportation, we arrived by taxi. Road is in repair by what we agreed by ferry and within about 20 minutes we were in the National Park.
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  • Be sure and take a guide that can explain all the history of the fort and why it was so important. Takes awhile to get there from Colon and the road is little bumpy but its worth the ride. Along the w...  more »
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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....