Portobelo and Isla Grande (History and Beach)


Once you arrive on a Panama Cruise you might expect to find a variety of activities and tours to jump into. The Caribbean upper coast will offer highlights that will give you an unforgettable day. Pirate History, Rain Forrest Canopy and a paradise Ireie Island man!

Why go tight on a massive vehicle when you can go on a private comfortable bus for less?

Zip line /  Historical Fort /  Beach Adventure

The Caribbean side of Panama is significantly different from the Pacific coast; the drive to Isla Grande will reveal that to you!

Canopy Zip Line 

While ultimately each traveler knows best what kind of adventure they seek, we strive to offer a balanced experience for those who desire an ecological experience with a bit of adrenaline! Along with the second largest zip line course in all of Panama – 9 cables and 10 platforms – we also offer a dense jungle canopy and environment complete with the wildlife it supports. Whether you are looking for an adrenaline-pumping zip line experience, or want to experience the natural rain forest canopy from up above, our zip line canopy tour experience is the perfect activity for nature and thrill-seekers alike!

Portobelo Historical Fort  

Portobelo was officially founded on March 20th, 1597 by Francisco de Valverde y Mercado. This place was selected as the perfect spot to set up a port for the trade routes between Peru and Spain due to its topography and harbor conditions. An estimated more than 60% of the wealth from South America going to Europe passed through this port. Due to the great quantities of wealth in gold and silver that would pass through this port, it was fortified heavily to stand against attacks by Pirates. This heavy fortification has left us with some of the most beautiful and interesting ruins in Central America.

Isla Grande (Big Island)

For lunch, we will go to a nondescript house-cum-restaurant with dining tables on the front porch, about a hundred feet from the water. Get your self a huge order of broiled fish sierra, octopus or lobster!

This natural beauty, imposing mass of exuberant vegetation, of white sand beach with coconut palms, in which the ocean shines with differente blue colors has an extension 5 Kms and a widen of 1½ Kms. The island evolved through three stages before being populated. First, agriculture; second, cattles; third, coconut plantation with the arrival of the families: Durán, Catano, Guábila, Ceballos near 1850. Although there is nothing ‘BIG’ about Isla Grande: it’s an underpopulated Caribbean-coast island retreat so small that one reaches it only by open outboard motorboat. And that’s precisely its charm. Come and observe the gentle arc of docks and beaches lined with soda-pop stands and small restaurants in the front porch of someone’s home. This is what impulses the local economic activities such as fishing, coconut plantations and tourism.

"On the beach in front of them local houses, the boats of working fishermen. Behind them, dense jungle"

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