Portobelo is a famous port city and corregimiento located in Portobelo District, Colon Province, Panama. The city covers a total area of approx 244,7 km2 (94,5 ml2) and has a population of around 4,560 people (2010 census).
- Portobelo is the seat of Portobelo District. The city was founded during the Spanish colonial period. Situated on the northern part of Isthmus of Panama, it features a deep natural harbor and used to be a center for silver exporting prior to the middle of the 18th century and destruction during the War of Jenkins' Ear.
- Following the Jenkins' Ear War, the Spanish switched from big fleets calling at several ports to small fleets that were trading at a wide variety of ports, this way developing a flexibility which made them less subject to attack. These vessels also started to travel around Cape Horn in order to trade directly at ports located on the western coast.
- After Portobelo was slowly rebuilt, the economy of the city revived briefly in the late 19th century during Panama Canal construction. In 1980 the ruins of Spanish colonial fortifications, together with Fort San Lorenzo, located nearby, were designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site, called "Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo".
- The city hosts dozen of anchored sail boats. An immigration office and boat services that take passengers to Colombia are situated in Portobelo (from US$160 per person with "Naturalstour" taxi boat, to US$550 on private sail boats).
The Portobelo cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Portobelo, Panama.
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