A Popular Place in Panama – The Amador Causeway
Panama offers such a variety of destinations and adventures for visitors, locals and expats to explore. The diversity of the country from Panama City through to the mountain and beach towns, tropical rain forest to metropolis, there is something for everyone to experience and enjoy.
Panama is the canal and so much more. Within Panama City, significant development of infrastructure in the last twenty or so years has built a spectacular skyline of soaring towers and beautiful public spaces along the waterfront.
Balboa Avenue or Avenida Balboa runs 3.5 km along the shores of the Pacific Ocean through the financial center of the city and country. Named for the Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa, the first European to cross Panama in 1513, now a bustling center of real estate development. Condo towers, hotels and restaurants, activities and nightlife, music and dancing, casinos and craft beers blend into a popular destination for all.
The Cinta Costera development is a 26 hectare, ocean front land reclamation project, first phase completed in 2009. The expansion loop project, Cinta Costera III expanded the beltway to Casco Viejo further enhancing the visitor experience along the waterfront boulevard. Annual festivals such as Carnaval and the Pride Parade, parties, a full menu of activities from running to Zumba to playgrounds to sports courts daily make this a top choice.
At the southern end of the canal, the Amador Causeway was built with the rock excavated in the Culebra Cut phase of the Canal development. Built in 1913 and named for Panama’s first President, Manuel Amador Guerrero, this three kilometer stretch of land connects the four islands to the mainland.
At the start of the Causeway is the Figali Convention Centre is the Centro Artinsenal market with a variety of arts, crafts, Embera baskets (the indigenous people of Panama), traditional masks and colorful molas which are hand-made textiles that form a part of the traditional women’s clothing of the Kuna people from Panama.
Along the palm tree lined boulevard, the Biomuseo, a Frank Gehry architectural designed wonder, a bright and fascinating structure opened in 2014, with exhibition halls of geology, natural history and the diverse culture of Panama. Exceptional views of the city skyline and Bridge of the Americas, the “Panama” country sign provides stunning backdrops to any photos.
The Causeway connects the islands of Naos, home to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Punta Calebra Nature Center, an open air museum and indoor aquarium with turtle and shark pools, Culebra, Perico and Flamenco. Dotted along the route are vendors with bicycles and pedal carts to rent. A bike park, pump track for tricks and an indoor park especially for rainy season, paddle board and fishing activities are available.
Port facilities with a duty free shop, restaurants, coffee shops, shopping are all at your fingertips. Enjoy a cold drink near the marina and marvel at the spectacular yachts.
You can even enjoy a day of Panamanian beaches without leaving the city. A pool and beach bar with a cover charge ($10) is popular day and night with DJ’s and themed music nights.
Amphibious tours are available on the Aquabus, check for price and hours of operation online for the most current info.
Whether a visitor or resident, these three Panama sites to see each provide beautifully landscaped and maintained opportunities to wander, exercise, meet and interact, party and experience a slice of the metropolitan life in Panama.