Fuerte Amador - Panama
Amador, sited at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal is a Peninsula jutting out into the Pacific from Balboa. It is separated from Panama City by Ancón Hill. Amador Causeway is a made up of a road from the mainland that strings together four small islands in the Panama Bay:Naos, Culebra, Perico and Flamingo. Perfectly situated at the mouth of the Panama Canal and bordering beautiful Panama City bay, the Causeway offers spectacular 360 degree views and pleasant sea breezes. Visit the Marine Exhibit run by Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. The museum has marine exhibits including a Pacific and a Caribbean aquarium with the different fish from each ocean for you to compare. The Causeway has quite a history. The islands were a favorite docking place for the Spanish galleons reaching Panama City and laden with treasure stolen from the Incan empire. From 1913, all four of the islands comprised Fort Grant, a powerful defense complex guarding the entrance to the Canal warding off possible German and Japanese attacks. The road that now connects the three islands was made by the American military from rocks dug up to make the Panama Canal. There is even a formerly secret military-use tunnel/command post carved deep in the rock of Flamingo island. More recently, fallen Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega had a favorite hideout on one of the islands- you can see the partially destroyed building today. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.