Colon

Colon, the capital of the province with the same name, is the second largest town in Panama. It is located at the end of the Panama Canal on Caribbean Coast and can be reached from Panama City within about 1.5 hours. Since its foundation in 1850 the town has been playing an essential role in the course of the gold rush and for the construction of the Panama Canal. At the beginning Colon was called "Aspinwall", named after one of the constructors of the Panama Railroad. In 1890 the seaport was renamed as Colon in honour of Christopher Columbus. Today Colon is a large seaport and the world’s second largest free-trade zone after Hong Kong. Three large modern harbours underline the important role which Colon is playing for the Panama Canal and Panama. Due to its capacity of a free-trade zone Colon is a real duty-free shopping paradise. Furthermore many cruise liners passing the Panama Canal call at Colon. The economic and touristic features of the seaport are affected by a high crime rate including acts of violence taking place even during the day. Beside the high crime rate in the city of Colon, the historically significant province Colon features quite a lot of attractive points of interest such as Portobelo or the Fort San Lorenzo, which are declared as World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO. Colon also possesses gorgeous islands and beaches as the small Isla Grande and the impressive Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal. Above all, Isla Grande is a perfect spot to relax and spend some time at the beach.

Fort San Lorenzo

Fort San Lorenzo

The historic ruins of Fort San Lorenzo are located along the banks of the river Rio Chagres in the province of Colon. Situated on a high

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Isla Grande

Isla Grande

Isla Grande in the province of Colon is an island at the Caribbean coast of Panama. Contrary to its name "Isla Grande (Big Island") is fairly

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Portobelo

Portobelo

Portobelo in the province of Colón in Panama disposes of a natural, deep port. It is a small town of minor economic importance,

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Colon

Things to do in Colon

Culture and History - The province of Colon has played a big role in Panamas past and has already gone through many eras of world history. The most important historical sites in this province are the fishingtown Portobelo and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Fort San Lorenzo. Especially for people who want to experience true panamanian afro-caribbean culture and history, these two destinations are definitely worth to visit in Colon.

Surfing - Isla Grande is a beautiful island with caribbean flair and a popular place to spend a relaxing weekend. But not only that, especially among surfers, Isla Grande is very popular because of its constant great waves.

Dving - Portobelo is not only a very interesting historic site, it has also excellent diving spots with large coral reefs that provide an amazing underwater world. Numerous diving schools have discovered this place and offer professional multi-day diving lessons and trips.

Panama Canal - The Panama Canal begins in Panama City and ends in Colon. In Colon, you can examine the Gatun locks and have a look at this incredible construction.

Cruises - Colon is an important and popular starting and landing point for Caribbean cruises. The vast cruise port is located not far from the Free Trade Zone. A cruise through the Panama Canal is a very unique experience and a very popular attraction. Even tho the Canal is a man made system of artificial lakes, it is surrounded by beautiful nature and wildlife.

Highlights in Colon

  •  Portobelo / Fort San Lorenzo - The small town of Portobelo and the ruins of Fort San Lorenzo are declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980 and is a popular destination for tourists that visit Colon.

  •  Isla Grande - Isla Grande is frequently visited by tourists as well as locals on weekends or during the holidays. Especially surfers enjoy the great waves of Isla Grande.

  •  Cruises - A cruise through the Panama Canal starting from Colon is one of the biggest highlights that one can experience in Panama. The sea port of Colon is also home to cruise ships that head to the most amazing spots in the caribbean.

How to get to Colon?

By plane - The city of Colon is located not even 2 hours from Panama City. Flights from Panama City to Colon and Colon only last about 15 minutes and the prices sometimes can be very low.

By bus - Just like everywhere in Latin America, the bus ride is a very common mean of transportation. Buses run at least every hour from Colon to Panama. The bus ride takes about 1 to 1 ½ hours.

By car - The journey to Colon by car is just like traveling by bus.

Panama Travel Tips

Colon is one of the most dangerous cities in Panama. Unemployment here is above 40% and the risk of being attacked is high at night and even during the day. Nevertheless trips to Isla Grande are not a problem at all and since it is not far from Panama City it is absolutely worth a visit.

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