23km East of Portobelo is the small village called Nombre de Dios (Name of God). It is a charming village, though, friendly and laid-back, with the calm waters of Bahía de San Cristobal in front and the lush forest descending like a curtain from the mountains behind.
Nombre de Dios is the original terminus of the Camino Real on the Caribbean Sea. Most of the trade between Spain and the Americas in the 1500s came through here until the town was sacked and destroyed by Francis Drake in 1596. A short drive along the coast will take us to Portobelo for a tour of the Spanish forts and churches.