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Amador Causeway: Panama City's Playground

Stretching two miles into the Pacific
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.6 miles
Duration: Unknown
Family Friendly

Overview :  The 2-mile (3.5-kilometer) Amador Causeway unites the mainland and four small islands -- Naos, Culebra, Perico and Flamenco -- that... more »

Tips:  When to go
Early morning is best for jogging. Museums, shopping and restaurants are the draw during the day. Evenings catch a breeze... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Figali Convention Center

Built in 2003 for the Miss Universe Pageant, the indoor sports arena can hold more than 10,000 people and is often used for concerts by visiting mega stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Metallica, Guns 'n Roses, Shakira and Panama's own Ruben Blades, the salsa-jazz musician who recently served as minister of tourism.

Just beyond the convention... More

2. Biomuseo

The long awaited Frank Gehry-designed museum dedicated to biodiversity and conservation is scheduled to open in 2013. Meanwhile, visitors can get a preview each Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Reserve through the website.

The 43,000-square-foot (4,000-square-meter) museum will have eight galleries emphasizing Panama's role as a land bridge between... More

3. Punta Culebra Nature Center

Run by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, this open-air museum on Isla Culebra, now known as Culebra Point, is a great introduction to the undersea world with aquariums, touching pools, a turtle and shark pool and historic and interpretative displays. There are also two short trails for exploring a tropical dry forest.

The aquariums on ... More

4. Isla Perico

Brisas de Amador (Amador Breezes) is a strip mall opposite a harbor dotted with small boats, including one reportedly once owned by American gangster Al Capone, which now takes tourists to see the locks and wildlife. It has a variety of restaurants, a juice bar, a wine bar, souvenir shops, public restrooms and an HSBC cash machine.

Burke Bikes, ... More

5. Isla Flamenco Marina

The causeway ends at Isla Flamenco, once the most heavily fortified of the islands. Its strategic hilltop is still off limits to the public although the 12-inch mortars and Hawk missiles are long gone.

What dominates the island today is the Flamenco Yacht Club and Marina, which can accommodate craft as long as 250 feet (76 meters). Cruise ships... More

6. Balboa Yacht Club

Panama City lost a landmark when the old wooden Balboa Yacht Club at the Pacific entrance of the canal burned down in 1999. Its bulletin board was always the best place to find a boat mechanic or a spot crewing for a yacht going through the locks. Its boat repair facilities, the long pier and the great views remain. A Contadora Ferry leaves from... More