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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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Reviewed 15 September 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...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 21 February 2019

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...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 14 February 2019 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 January 2019 via mobile

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....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 8 November 2018

I have visited the fort ruins several times over the last twenty years and it always fascinates me. Not much to really learn at the fort but if you read about it on-line you can visualize the purpose of the fort by wondering the grounds....More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank normanf230
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Been to this place for many times. first stop to the Black Church Portobelo and continued to Portobelo National Park. A place to just enjoyed the scenery and taking some pictures.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank diazpty88
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Sadly, when I came here there was some graffiti on one of the fort walls which is not a good thing. The place is small and you can get through this in an 1 max. I found some litter on the floor at the entrance...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 10 May 2018

we had gone to park via cruise ship excursion. it was a long drive, saw lots of poverty, then beautiful scenery. the is not much at the fort then you saw a little movie and then the beautiful church. Traffic was heavy, we were not...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

Took this trip from Colon. About an hour+ drive. Not much to see along the way and spent about 45 minutes total at the sights: fort ruins, church of black Christ and custom (governors) house museum. Museum has English DVD and English signage. Interesting, but...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

We drove along the coast and enjoyed the views of both the rainforest and the ocean. There are nice restaurants and some nice beaches and an impressive ruined fort to visit.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Response from Kittypretty | Reviewed this property |
actually at the spot where you find the ruins of the fortress there is a place where they sell local food but it's not so good and a little overpriced. on the way to Portobello on the left hand (on the shore line) you will... More
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