Colón Travel Guide

  • Our Ship at the Dock in Colon
    Our Ship at the Dock in Colon
    by Stephen-KarenConn
  • Swamp off the Edge of Manzanillo Island Near Colon
    Swamp off the Edge of Manzanillo Island...
    by TooTallFinn24
  • Approaching the Colon Docks in the Canal
    Approaching the Colon Docks in the Canal
    by TooTallFinn24

Colón Things to Do

  • Colon

    The last part of our trip was a drive through the city of Colon, parts of it were dilapidated and downright scary looking, other parts looked like they might have potential if someone had a little case to fix things up. It would not be a place that I would recommend walking around, Colon is a port where you should sign up for some sort of guided...

  • Panama Canal Expansion Visitor Center

    Our 2nd stop on our guided tour was at the Panama Canal Expansion Visitor Center. While it was interesting to see the project under construction, it certainly wasn't worth the $15 admission charge to see a short movie and an overlook of the construction of the new locks. Of course over time what you see will change as the construction progresses,...

  • Gatun Locks

    Our 1st stop with our guide was at the Gatun locks, the most northern of the locks that allow ships to pass through Panama from the Caribbean into Lake Gatun. There was a $5US per person charge that wasn't included on our tour to visit and unfortunately we had not beat the other ship tours here by much and the observation deck was jammed packed...

  • Entering the Panama Canal From Colon

    It's 5 am in the morning and our ship is approaching the Panama Canal. There are an amazing array of orange, blue and black clouds as we edge closer to the canal. I step up on deck to try and picture what it was like for the gold seekers in the mid 19th century that approached this area. However as the ship approaches Colon it is as if the City is...


    The Colon terminus is just outside the west entrance to the Zona Libre at the southern base of Colon - the bus terminal is also close by. The railroad was the original reason for the town’s existence, serving both as a construction headquarters, then as a transhipment point. This railroad runs from here across the Isthmus to Panama City and offers...

  • Locking Through

    I have not really been to Colón except that I went through the Panama Canal twice on a cruise ship. VT has a location for Gatùn (the closest locks to Colón), so most of my pictures are there, but there are no other pages there so I'm putting one here.We transited the Gatùn in November 2008 in the sunshine, so most of my photos are from that...


Colón Hotels

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  • Radisson Colon 2000 Hotel & Casino

    Paseo Gorgas Y Calle 13, Colon, 0301-01074, Panama

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

  • Four Points Colon

    Milennium Plaza Av A. Waked Corredor Zona Libre, Colon, Panama

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Melia Panama Canal

    Antigua Escuelas De Las Americas, Lake Gatun, Colon, Panama

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Colón Transportation

  • Panama Canal Railway Co.

    If you're traveling between Panama City and Colon; Have you considered the train? The even have a special for cruise ship passengers.The train is supposed to be one of the nicest in the entire world and at $22 per person, well worth it.

  • A Magnet for Cruise Ships

    Our visit to Colon was aboard the M.V. Zenith of Celebrity Cruise Lines. Since it lies at the mouth of the Panama Canal, Colon sees more than its share of ocean traffic. Many cruise ships, as ours, dock for a day at Colon so that those on board may take day tours of the surrounding areas. Others pass through the canal, one of the great engineering...

  • To Panamá City and back

    You can grab a bus downtown (close to the Yacht Club) to Panamá City for just $2. Or, go to the yacht club in Colón to get on a yacht as a linehandler for the experience


Colón Shopping

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  • brands - good deals

    In Colon main street, facing the market, there stores where you can buy taxfree quality items: sport shoes (Nike, Caterpillar etc), Mont-Blanc and other fountain pens etc. However, you should walk through Colon with a guide or a taxi driver. It is not safe for a gringo to go alone. Clothes, fountain pens, sport items taxfree

  • American Dollars Accepted

    There is a wide array of colorful shops which cater to tourists at the Pier in Colon. You can find fine jewelry, designer clothing, native crafts and cheap junk in vast array. I only bought a refrigerator magnet and a $5 T-shirt in XXL. However, Karen and I did do a little more shopping across the Isthums in Panama City.Colon also draws local...

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Colón Favorites

  • Not a nice town, but great sites outside

    by sireesha Written Nov 28, 2005

    Favorite thing: Colon is pretty run down. However, San Lorenzo and Portobelo are about a 45 minute drive from the city, in either direction. We worked with Gold Coast tours, Provide good kayaking tour. They are very friendly, knowledgable and helpful.

    Related to:
    • Cruise
    • National/State Park
    • Kayaking

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