For those of us who don’t own a store or would be interested in buying several hundred pairs of shoes for resale, Colon, Panama still has other activities in store. It’s a great place to walk among the ruins of historically important forts and ruins such as those at Portobelo and San Lorenzo, to experience rainforest, and to go diving.
Types of accommodations available in Colon, Panama
Colon, Panama has a number of mid-range, small hotels, and an ecolodge or two. In and around the city of Colon, Panama, a few of the safer hotels with guarded parking lots are the Hotels Washington, Meryland and Carlton.
For a stay at a lodge nestled right in the jungle, try Sierra Llorona, the main rainforest ecolodge in Colon Province.
Tourism in Colon, Panama
Most of the tourism in Colon, Panama takes place outside of the city. The Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal are only ten kilometers away and the rainforests of San Lorenzo National Park are a short twenty to thirty minute drive. An easy, maintained trail provides access to this national park along the main road to the village of Achiote (where rainforest guides can be hired).
Visits to the tranquil, seaside village of Isla Grande and diving trips in the Portobelo area are also popular among both locals and tourists. Although the best diving isn’t very close to Portobelo, trips done near the town are still interesting and often visit the wreckage of a sunken cargo plane.
Real estate in Colon, Panama
Colon, Panama is a great place to buy real estate in Panama because much of Colon Province has yet to be developed despite the presence of beautiful beaches, a huge potential for tourism, and the second largest free trade zone in the world. All of these factors make it very likely that Colon, Panama will become a much more popular destination sometime soon and it’s only a matter of time before employment increases in the city of Colon, Panama. In addition, with the new highway between Panama City and Colon, this region of Panama is now just an hour or so by car from the capital.