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Fort San Lorenzo, Colon

(4.1/5 based on 240 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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  • The drive up is long with not the greatest roads. You can walk around the Fort and get great views of the ocean. Very isolated and unfortunately we did not see any animals along the way. The old Ameri...  more »
  • The place is cute, but unfortunately the day we went we found it dirty. Maybe should collect input for best servicing.
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  • The place is really interesting, has a nice view to the bay and if you will be with a good guide I guess you will enjoy it way more  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....