Portobelo National Park, Colon

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#2 of 10 in Parks in Colon Province
Historic Site · National Park
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Beach terrain and tropical climate combine with historical significance at Portobelo National Park, an important colonial port settlement discovered by Christopher Columbus in the early 16th century. Well-situated for transportation links with Europe, the port was host to a colorful cast of prosperous colonial frontiersmen; watch for the burial place of English explorer Sir Francis Drake. The name literally translates from Spanish to English as “the beautiful port.” A number of ancient ruins and historical churches are also located at the old port city. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Portobelo National Park and many more Colon attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Colon travel planner.
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  • Quite, Nice water views. Ruins of a fort. Cannons and parapets. On the outskirts of town. No entry fee. 
    Quite, Nice water views. Ruins of a fort. Cannons and parapets. On the outskirts of town. No entry fee.  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
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  • Had a quick stop there to visit the remainings of the fort. The city itself isn't clean as many unfortunatelly are. Good place to stay if you want to go diving.
  • Small neglected dirty town. Big piece of history, but left to the point of disrepair.
  • Really beautiful place, the stories about pirates and gold are awesome. It's such a magical place
  • Nice place to escape and relax
  • I live in the area. The forts mentioned are old Spanish forts that are approximately 500 years old. The beaches are very nice but accessible by boat only and the prices are fair. This area is actually more known for it's diving. There are several dive businesses in the immediate vicinity. Also there is some fantastic hiking and camping (Portobelo Adventures) for amateurs all the way to pro where you can see a variety of wildlife and then relax in the pools with waterfalls.

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