The once-thriving city of Colon, Panama, sits 40 mi/60 km northwest of Panama City at the Caribbean entrance to the canal. It is still a major port of freighters, and a minor cruise-port stop; cruise ships berth at Colon 2000, while commercial vessels do so at Cristobal.

A refurbishment program has been launched under Panama's master tourist plan, but Colon can still present some danger. Crime is a serious problem in Colon, and city officials and locals are hard at work trying to combat these issues. Initiatives to bring in more tourist are ongoing, including the building up of the cruise-ship ports and additional of world-class malls.

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