Welcome to Portobelo
Today Portobelo’s residents scratch out a living by fishing, tending crops or raising livestock. Though economically depressed, Portobelo is experiencing something of a cultural revival, with renewed interest in Congo art, music (especially punta, better known abroad as reggaetón) and dancing. The town bursts to life every October 21 for the Festival del Cristo Negro (Black Christ Festival), one of the country’s most vibrant and spiritual celebrations.
There are also nice nearby beaches, accessed by boat, and worthwhile diving and snorkeling.