"Not the A-hole of the planet as is often referred" Colón by Wanderboy43

Colón Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 46 photos

I stayed in Colon about 5 days and got to appreciate the city. There are blocks you want to avoid, but it´s important to differentiate between what´s poor and what´s dangerous. Colon is definitely a poor city, and the dilapitated buildings more than show that. But, families live there and I met some very friendly people. I didn´t feel safe walking around too much at night however.

Stroll the main drag

You can walk all through the city. It has a nice layout. Apparently things were a bit better when the Americans were still running the canal. The place has seen better days.

Old buildings

Colon is the poorest looking place I´ve ever been. There are scores of buildings that look almost as bad as this one. Just right downtown.
Anyway, you can visit the Yacht club for a nice meal or a drink, and get onto a yacht going through the Canal (as a line handler)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice people, interesting
  • Cons:Really poor and a bit dangerous
  • In a nutshell:One of my favorite cities!
  • Last visit to Colón: May 2005
  • Intro Updated Jul 9, 2005
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  • Jul 15, 2010 at 6:53 AM

    How far is Panama city from Colon port. as we are there for a one day visit. Is shopping better in the free zone ,and or can you recommend places to shop for the deals Thanks


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