The Canal and Central Panama Places

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Portobelo

Getting Here and Around

Portobelo is a 90-minute drive from Panama City and a mere 40 minutes from Colón. To drive there from Panama City, follow the directions to Colón but turn right after 60 km (37 miles), at the town of Sabanitas; from there it's 39 km (24 miles) to Portobelo. From Colón, head south toward Panama City for 15 km (9 miles) and turn left at Sabanitas. There is no reason to go to Colón on your way to Portobelo, unless you take the Panama Canal Railway, in which case hire a taxi or rent a car and drive to Portobelo.

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