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Panama City/Portobelo: Catamaran Trip w/Snorkeling and Lunch

1. Panama City/Portobelo: Catamaran Trip w/Snorkeling and Lunch

Explore the beauty of the Blues Veins lagoon and the beach of Playa Drake 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 Drake where you can make the most of the sea by swimming, snorkeling, 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 Private Tour

2. Panama City: Isla Grande Beach and Portobelo Private 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: Day Trip to the Caribbean Beach

3. From Panama City: Day Trip to the Caribbean Beach

Cruise the Caribbean with this group day trip from Panama City to Venas Azules and Portobelo National Park. Enjoy exploring long stretches of sand at Playa Blanca and the dense nature surrounding Venas Azules beach. Be picked up from your hotel and head to Portobelo, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Embark on a boat to to Venas Azules. Swim among starfish and colorful fish. Continue to Playa Blanca in an isolated area in Portobelo National Park. Spend some time on the beach and have a delicious picnic lunch in the national park.

Historico Portobelo y Venas Azules

4. Historico Portobelo y Venas Azules

Enjoy a day on the country's Caribbean beaches enjoying lunch and reliving the important colonial history of the town. We will be picking you up at the hotel lobby at 5:30 am to begin our adventure to Costa Arriba, Colon Province. 2 hours approximately. Arriving we will be our first tour to the paradisiacal beaches of Isla del Padre, Venas Azules and Playa Blanca, returning at noon to taste our delicious local Caribbean lunch at the end we will be doing our historical tour of the ruins and the picturesque town of Portobelo, visiting the Church declared a national historic monument. At approximately 2:00 p.m. we will be returning to Panama City to drop you off at the hotel.

Portobelo And The New Locks Of The Panama Canal

5. Portobelo And The New Locks Of The Panama Canal

The town of Portobelo was founded by Christopher Columbus on his fourth voyage in 1597. This picturesque town is rich in history as it was the site of many sea and land battles between the Spanish Colonials. Sir Francis Drake was among the infamous Captains that raided this site and his body is said to be buried off the waters of Portobelo bay, near an Island named after him. Visit Fort San Geronimo, Fort San Felipe, Customs House, two story colonial structure built in 1630, it was the headquarters of the Spanish customs offices and the Black Christ Church (the patron Saint of Portobelo). The new Observation Center of the Canal Expansion, Agua Clara Locks, located in Colon Panama, is a park style concept based on open platforms and roofed terraces, built in an area of four hectares, 400 visitors, simultaneously, will be able to enjoy in this new center, the construction of the new locks of the Panama Canal in the Atlantic, at the same time, from its privileged location, visitors see the majestic Gatun Lake, where ships continue their transit through the waterway.

Snorkel in Panama's Caribbean and visit Portobleo WHS

6. Snorkel in Panama's Caribbean and visit Portobleo WHS

Head to the Caribbean side of Panama to Portobelo (a world heritage site). We leave the city by 730am to get there around 9am and get geared up and out on the water. We cross the Bay of Portobelo to a little beach and can enjoy snorkeling above the reef, wadding in crystal clear water and looking for some wildlife in the 'jungle'. Our second snorkel site is a reef wall. Close to shore, the reef is near the surface and the deep blue waters make for a dramatic backdrop for all. Advanced snorkelers can dive down along the wall and explore this underwater world. These are the waters made famous by the tales gold and pirates like Capt. Morgan and Sir Frances Drake Enjoy Panama's Caribbean vibe and catch some rays before we return to the mainland. Rinse off, change your clothes and enjoy lunch by the sea. Then tour historic Portobelo. Explore an old fort complete with canons! The customs house and museum has finally reopened and its great Plus, we can visit the Iglesia de San Felipe to see the famous Cristo Negro statue before heading back to Panama City.

Panama Caribbean Heritage: San Lorenzo and Portobelo

7. Panama Caribbean Heritage: San Lorenzo and Portobelo

Day-long tour to the Caribbean Side of Panama, the Agua Clara locks of the Panama canal (commissioned in 2016), San Lorenzo Fortress (Humanity heritage), Portobelo Fortress (Humanity heritage), swim in the Caribbean Sea (La Angosta beach), return to Panama city. We may well see howler monkeys, coatis, variety of birds, the magnificent view of the Chagres river flowing into the Caribbean Sea, turquoise waters tempting to take a plunge. Total flexibility of program as to hours and route sequence. Exhaustive information about the history, culture and nature of the Caribbean side of Panama.



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What people are saying about Portobelo

Ali was our private tour guide to portobello and three islands. We fed monkeys and saw a sloth up in the tree. He was amazing and knew a lot of history and catered the tour to our desires and needs. His English is perfect which made communication a breeze. On isla grande we had some excellent shrimp ceviche. Jesus was a great boat driver to all the islands. We had a great time and would recommend this trip.

This was a wonderful adventure for us as we were staying in Panama City and wanted to see the Caribbean side of the country. The pick up was easy and on time. The catamaran and the destinations of where the captain took us were spectacular. Our teenage sons thought it was great as well. I highly recommend this tour!

This trip was definitely worth it. Beautiful destinations, great guides, simple yet very delicious lunch. Highly recommend 10 out of 10. We feel so lucky to have picked this tour!

The activity was very entertaining, the Catamaran ride was wonderful with the kayaking, paddle and snorkeling activities as options. The guides are very friendly

Great tour. Fun and educational. And our guide Daniel was f-ing AWESOME!!!