Destination guide

Colon: your portal for discovering the wonders of Panama

Panama's Colon Province has the city of Colon at its core. If you head out of the commercial city and head for the hinterlands, you'll discover that Colon is as beautiful a Caribbean paradise as anywhere else. With comfortable Colon vacation rentals as your base, you can spend your days playing on white sand kissed by turquoise waters, and your nights dancing to hot reggaeton music. When you can spare the time, you can explore the fortresses that the Spanish empire builders left behind.

Things to do

Isla Grande: not your usual beach destination

One of the highlights of a road trip through Colon Province is Isla Grande, a small island just off the coast of Portobello. Isla Grande is your typical Caribbean island – a paradise of white sand, jewel-blue waters, and languid palm trees. There's just one difference, and that is that Isla Grande is as undeveloped as it gets. It doesn't even have roads! But it's worth the stop for the marine life you can observe by scuba diving or snorkeling, and for the fresh seafood.


Let yourself let loose in Colon

Beneath the seeming tranquility of the towns and beaches you'll pass through on your Colon holiday, there's a vibrant undercurrent. You'll hear it in the bird calls and the sound of the waves as you swim. You'll taste it in the spice of the local food. And you'll feel it in the music as you dance the night away. So, give in to your vibrant side and just let loose. After all, what happens in Colon stays in Colon.


Afternoons can bring showers

Panama is a tropical country with 2 seasons: wet and dry. The wet season starts in May and lasts until December, while the dry season runs from January to April. Temperatures don't vary much, but it's usually hot and humid in the daytime and cool at night. Colon vacation rentals tend to get fully booked during the dry season, so you'll need to make your reservations months ahead. Make sure you have an umbrella or a raincoat in your suitcase—even in the dry season, you can expect afternoon showers.

Natural features

At the crossroads of fortune

Colon's position on the Caribbean side of the S-shaped land mass that is Panama has historically put it at the crossroads of trade. Its natural harbors and calm waters only added to its advantage. Spain channeled wealth through Colon and guarded it closely with massive fortresses. Before the US transcontinental railroad opened, North Americans seeking their fortune in the California gold rush braved the transit to Colon and the walk through its dense jungles to get on a California-bound ship. This status as a trading post is one that Colon retains to this day.

Where to stay around Colon Province?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 27 vacation rentals near Colon Province. From 14 Houses to 5 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Colon Province for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Colon Province?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Colon Province. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Portobelo: 20 vacation rentals
  • Gamboa Rainforest Resort: 177 vacation rentals
  • Safarick's Zoo: 20 vacation rentals
  • Blanca Beach: 21 vacation rentals
  • San Felipe Church: 21 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Colon Province! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Colon Province?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Colon Province:

  • Portobelo: 20 rentals
  • Panama City: 177 rentals
  • Rio Hato: 143 rentals
  • Nueva Gorgona: 141 rentals
  • Río Mar: 140 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Colon Province?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Colon Province are:

  • Tocumen International Airport (PTY): 170 vacation rentals
  • Balboa (BLB-Panama Pacifico Intl.): 184 vacation rentals
  • Rio Hato (RIH-Scarlett Martinez Intl.): 157 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Colon Province?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Colon Province. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Gamboa Rainforest Resort: 177 rentals
  • Safarick's Zoo: 20 rentals
  • Blanca Beach: 21 rentals
  • San Felipe Church: 21 rentals
  • Portobelo National Park: 23 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Colon Province listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.