Colons beautiful Caribbean Coast has so much to offer hard to decide where to start.
Isla Grande is part of the Portobelo National Park, it can be reached by car in about 1 hours drive from Colon and a 5 minute boat ride from the shore. Most of the town folks there make a living from tourism and fishing. Isla Grande is one of the favorite weekend spots for many Panamanians. The small Island offers a small resort hotel and many small hotels and hostals as well as seaside restaurants that offer the local specialties like coconut rice with fried fish or other seafood delights. The beach is small but the waters crystal clear.
A popular spot for locals is Playa Langosta that is about half way from Colon to Portobelo, waters here, and as a matter of fact anywhere, can have dangerous currents so ask locals where its save to swim. This place is crowded on weekends with tour buses from Colon.
Playa Tortuguilla and Fort San Lorenzo
Driving over the Gatun Locks, then to Fort Sherman and on direction to Fort San Lorenzo you enter the National Park and need to pay a small park fee there ast the guard about kPlaya Tortuguilla its a few miles before reaching the fort and just small beach but a nice place to relax. Also when getting to the fort there is a small hidden hike way down to one of the beaches there and well worth a visit for a refreshing swim. Fort San Lorenzo was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981 and the views from there are wonderful!
Cocle del Norte
Now there is a huge stretch of coast line from Colon all the way to Boacas that is little explored and must contain some beautiful beaches and awesome sights. We have not have the chance yet to explore this area but encourage you to do so.