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Unveiling the Charm of Colon: A Day in Panama's Caribbean Port

Colon (Cristobal), Panama

The Arrival: First Touch on Colon's Soil

Cruise ships often berth at Colon's harbor around the early hours of 7:00 to 8:00 AM. As you disembark, you're met by the bustling atmosphere of this vibrant port city. The port complex offers the necessary facilities including restrooms, an information desk, and a market to ensure your day begins smoothly.

The Cultural Canvas: Traversing Colon's Rich Heritage

Colon invites you to delve into its cultural intricacies. Start with the Colon Free Zone, the world's second largest duty-free zone. Explore the streets and you'll notice a mix of architectural styles, reflecting the city's history. Pay a visit to the Gatun Locks Museum to get a sense of the incredible engineering feat that is the Panama Canal.

A Coastal Retreat: The Allure of Caribbean Beaches

A trip to Colon is incomplete without exploring its mesmerizing beaches. Playa La Angosta, located just a short drive away from the city center, is perfect for a relaxed sun-soaked day. For those seeking tranquillity, Playa Maria Chiquita offers crystal clear waters set against a backdrop of lush vegetation.

Thrill-Seeking Journeys: Embrace the Adventure

Colon is an adventure lover's paradise. Visit the Gatun Lake for kayaking or fishing amidst abundant wildlife. For a unique experience, journey through the Panama Canal itself on a boat tour, observing the locks in action.

Tasteful Delights: Savor Colon's Gastronomic Wonders

Feast on Colon's culinary treasures to satiate your taste buds. Relish a plate of Sancocho, a traditional Panamanian stew, or enjoy the fresh flavors of Ceviche, a popular seafood dish. Wash it down with a glass of Chicha Fuerte, a fermented corn drink typical to the region.

Souvenir Shopping and the Journey Ahead

End your day in Colon by browsing through local shops and markets. Pick up a Panama hat, molas (colorful handmade textiles), or locally grown coffee as a keepsake. As you board your ship under the warm glow of the setting sun, Colon sends you off with a heart full of fond memories, and the anticipation of your next port of call.

Colon (Cristobal) from Miami Cruise Schedule

A cruise that begins in Miami and stops in the Colon (Cristobal) would enchant even the most seasoned tourist with its natural splendor. Cruises to the Colon (Cristobal) are ideal for those who fantasize about lovely beaches dotted with palm trees and crystal-clear waters.

Oceania Cruises Southern Caribbean 10-day route

10-day Southern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

SIrena, Oceania Cruises

Date: March 1, 2025

Ports of Call: Miami, Costa Maya, Harvest Caye, Roatan, Puerto Limon, Colon, Cartagena, Cartagena; View Itinerary

Oceania Cruises Southern Caribbean 10-day route

10-day Southern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Nautica, Oceania Cruises

Date: December 3, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Costa Maya, Harvest Caye, Santo Tomas, Roatan, Puerto Limon, Colon, Cartagena, Cartagena; View Itinerary

Oceania Cruises Southern Caribbean 14-day route

14-day Southern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

SIrena, Oceania Cruises

Date: December 21, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Costa Maya, Harvest Caye, Roatan, Puerto Limon, Colon, Cartagena, Curacao, Aruba, Castries, Bridgetown; View Itinerary

Oceania Cruises Southern Caribbean 20-day route

20-day Southern Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Nautica, Oceania Cruises

Date: December 3, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Costa Maya, Harvest Caye, Santo Tomas, Roatan, Puerto Limon, Colon, Cartagena, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Aruba, Curacao, Castries, Gustavia, San Juan, Puerto Plata, Miami; View Itinerary

Oceania Cruises Western Caribbean 12-day route

12-day Western Caribbean from Miami, Fl

Vista, Oceania Cruises

Date: December 27, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Costa Maya, Harvest Caye, Roatan, Puerto Limon, Colon, Cartagena, Kingston, Miami; View Itinerary