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From Panama City or Portobelo: Caribbean Cruise with Lunch

1. From Panama City or Portobelo: Caribbean Cruise with Lunch

Explore the beauty of the Blues Veins lagoon and the white sands of Playa Blanca beach on this tour from Panama City or Portobelo. Sit down for a delicious lunch on a catamaran.  Choose to be picked up from the comfort of your accommodations in Panama City or to make your own way to Portobelo. Hop aboard a speedboat that will connect you to the catamaran. Feel the wind in your hair as you soak up some sun on the way to your first stop at Blues Veins. Make your way to the interior lagoon aboard a dinghy. Disembark at a secluded beach where you can take a walk or snorkel through the coral in the crystal-clear waters.  Head back to the boat to eat a lunch of local products with a variety of dietary options. Continue to Playa Blanca beach where you can make the most of the sea by swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding.  Return to you Portobelo where, depending on the option you select, you can be dropped-off at your accommodation in Panama City, or you can drive back to your accommodation. 

Panama City: Isla Grande Beach and Portobelo Tour

2. Panama City: Isla Grande Beach and Portobelo Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Panama City, and then journey by comfortable car to the Spanish colonial city of Portobelo, founded 420 years ago as the main port along the nation's Atlantic Coast. Get 1 hour to discover the sights of the historical city, where highlights include the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the ruins of the colonial fortifications and the nearby Fort Santiago in Portobelo. Relax on a private beach with crystal clear water and get full access to the showers and bathroom facilities. Go for a walk around the island to learn more about the locals and visit their shops. Avail of the hotel's bar and a great restaurant, serving delicious from the Caribbean. Return to Panama City at the end of an amazing day, and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

From Panama City: Portobelo Guided Kayak Tour

3. From Panama City: Portobelo Guided Kayak Tour

Portobelo Bay provides a Panama kayak adventure second to none. On it you will cover all main things to do in Portobelo. Portobelo was discovered in 1502, and it was named by Christopher Columbus when his vessels sought shelter in the "beautiful port" from a storm. In 1596, even before it was officially founded, Portobelo suffered its first attack at the hands of Sir Frances Drake. Drake died of fever before he could capture Portobelo. He was secretly buried at sea off the entrance to the harbor. The town was officially founded in 1597 and was given the name of San Felipe de Portobelo in honor of King Philip II of Spain. During the late l6th and early l7th century Portobelo was the principal Spanish trade port on the Atlantic for all of South America. The exchange of merchandise took place annually at the Portobelo trade fair which lasted from 30 to 60 days. During this time, Portobelo was a beehive of activity. In 1668 Henry Morgan attacked the town from the land and launched a surprise attack on Fort Santiago, one of the town's fortresses. The city was at the mercy of Morgan's men who launched an orgy of looting, debauchery and torture-a reign of terror. The town was attacked by other buccaneers and pirates such as Englishmen William Parker in 1601 and Edward Vernon in 1739. As a result of the repeated pirate attacks Portobelo's annual trade fairs were forced stop. Spain abandoned the Isthmian route for the longer but more secure one around Cape Horn. The golden age of Portobelo ceased. ITINERARY Tour begins by picking up guests in Panama City at 7:00 a.m., to them travel to Portobelo by road. We will visit Santiago Fort, Portobelo (Geronimo Fort and Customs House), and around 11:00 a.m., the tour proceeds paddling across the bay, for about 30 minutes, to the other cannon battery built by the conquistadores to protect the bay, San Fernando. We will walk and learn about the ruins history. Then we proceed kayaking along the coast up to a hidden beach, perfect to relax and do some snorkeling. At approximately 1:00 a.m., we will start an exciting one hour sea kayak tour back Portobelo. Afterwards we have a lunch (coconut rice with octopus is a favorite dish). We should arrive to the original pick up place at the city by 5:00 p.m. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE ? All mentioned transportation, expedition kayaks and snorkel gear, guides, and meals. Our guides are trained in kayak navigation skills, first-aid and CPR. WHO CAN GO ? Any person from twelve to seventy years old, in good health. Minors must travel with a responsible adult. WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE ALONG ? A pair of shorts for navigating, sneakers or strapped sandals, a cap, sun-block, a light jacket or windbreaker (in case of rain), a towel and a dry set of clothes for the trip back. WHAT SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT ? Any object than can be deteriorated by water or valuables like jewels, cash, credit cards, etc.

From Panama City: Caribbean Stand-Up Paddleboarding Day Tour

4. From Panama City: Caribbean Stand-Up Paddleboarding Day Tour

Have a unique adventure on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean on this Caribbean stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) day tour.   Meet your guide in Panama and take the scenic 1.5-hour drive via the Panamá-Colón Highway to Sabanitas. You’ll arrive a small town in the Colón province called Portobelo, where you’ll begin your pirate-like SUP ride to Playa Huerta. Paddle through the clear waters and admire coral reefs, tropical marine life, and the beauty of this natural treasure with your knowledgeable instructor.   On your return, stop for lunch at La Torre Restaurant, where you can enjoy a traditional Afro-Caribbean meal (at own expense).

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What people are saying about Portobelo

Ceasar is very personable and friendly. He took exceptional care of me during my private tour. I learned a lot about the history of Panama and met some interesting people. The island was gorgeous and the history of Portobelo was thought provoking. I will definitely book another tour through Safe Transportation whenever I go back to Panama.

We had an excellent Guide, apart from taking us to know the beauties of nature, it gave us a fun and entertaining talk, and also explained the history of the places we traveled.

Thank you Jenny and Juan David, I had a great day. Good food, nice places and good company. I highly recommend this trip

An enjoyable and educational experience. Friendly and knowledgeable guide. I recommend it 100%!!!