Just south of Balboa is the former U.S. military base of Amador, a relatively empty area that is connected to three islands by a breakwater called the Calzada de Amador (Amador Causeway). The Causeway was constructed as a breakwater from the trainloads of rock and earth removed while digging the canal. Years later, a road was paved atop it, which is now lined with a sidewalk and palm trees. It stretches almost 3 km (2 miles) into the Pacific Ocean to connect the mainland to three islands: Isla Naos, Isla Perico, and Isla Flamenco, which hold strip malls, dozens of bars and restaurants, and a couple marinas. Those islands are a popular destination for people who want to escape the heat and traffic jams, and enjoy the views of the surrounding sea, massive ships passing through the adjacent canal, and the city’s modern skyline.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Museo de la Biodiversidad
The triangle of land where the Causeway begins is the site of the eye-catching Museo de la Biodiversidad. Also called…Learn More >
The Amador Causeway ends at Isla Flamenco, which has two shopping centers and an assortment of restaurants. The Flamenco Marina…Learn More >
Centro de Exhibiciones Marinas Punta Culebra
Though it doesn't compare to the aquariums of other major cities, the Centro de Exhibiciones Marinas is worth a stop.…Learn More >