Tourism in Colon

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Colón is a historical port city on the Caribbean coast of Panama. It is the capital of the province of Colon and the Caribbean entrance to the Canal. Its natural resources, such as coral reefs and forest reserves are being developed and promoted as tourist attractions.

Best Time to Visit

You can travel to Panama at anytime of the year, however, the dry season runs between mid-December and mid-April which is generally considered the best time to visit.

Top Places to Visit in Colon

1. Portobelo

A picturesque bayside town of with the ruins of 5 Spanish forts and a Spanish Colonial treasure house. The Portobelo Ruins are a pilar of Spanish colonial times, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. The Black Christ Church and Museum

Also at the town of Portobelo. Previously the San Juan de Dios (St. John of God) Catholic Church, this museum is dedicated to Portobelo’s patron saint. It displays a plethora of robes and religious paraphenalia belonging to the statue of the Black Christ, which is surrounded by many myths. It resides in Portobelo’s San Felipe Church and honored in a great festival on October 21st.

3. Isla Grande

A small island about an hours drive from Colón, is a must visit, even if you dont go to the Island itself, just the drive up to Isla Grande is worth it. The Island itself is about 5 minutes boat ride from the small village of La Guayra. Lush verdant landscape, crystal clear waters, and a laid-back Caribbean atmosphere, friendly locals make Isla Grande Panama’s most popular island vacation spot. Isla Grande offers the visitor snorkeling, diving, surfing, jet-ski, boatrides, banana boats, and relaxation.

4. Fort San Lorenzo

A well preserved fort ruin perched high on a stunning promotory above the Chagres River as it meets the sea. The breathtaking view of the crystal blue Carribean water, is a treat in itself. But throw in the well-maintained fort and you can just feel the history.

 

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