Yesterday afternoon we arrived at Portobello Panama (9d33.51'N, 79d40.11'W, 50 ft) after a scenic 60 mile motorsail along the coast from the San Blas Islands. Of note were four unique to us fish farms with huge pyramidal nets up in the air near 9d42' N, 79d18'W. Another one was at the entrance to the Isla Linton anchorage. The coast is covered in lush jungle with hardly any civilization.
Portobello Bay is large and there are over 40 yachts here. We are anchored in a small indentation on the north side of the bay just off the San Fernando Fort Battery. Built in 1760 it has two levels with fourteen cannons on the lower and six on the upper.
Today we will will explore the town with the main fortifications, treasury and church with the famous Black Christ of Portobello (wooden Jesus statue with miraculous powers).
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