If you happen to live in Panama or just a tourist passing through, there’s a place you should not miss—the Amador Causeway. If you do miss it, I promise you will regret it. Cross my heart, and swear to die. (Tongue-in-Cheek).
The Amador Causeway is located at the Southern entrance of the Panama Canal on the Pacific Side. This beautiful and picturesque causeway, lined with tropical palm trees, and with magnificent views of the canal and the Panama City skyline, was built from excavated material during the canal construction.
It took 18 million yards of solid rock extracted from the famous Culebra or Gaillard Cut of the Panama Canal to build this Causeway. The Causeway connects three small islands at the entrance of the waterway—Naos, Perico and Flamenco—with the mainland.
The Causeway was formerly part of a military base, which has been transformed into a flourishing tourist attraction. Great restaurants, hotels, shopping arcades, marinas and a convention center provide an infrastructure that is attracting ever-increasing tourism.
The causeway is also the home of the Marine Exhibition Center of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), where visitors can see and touch exotic species of Panama’s Caribbean and Pacific marine life, and learn about marine-coastal environments.
An excellent paved pathway, the full length of the Causeway, is an irresistible temptation to anyone desiring a leisure walk, jogging, biking, skating or roller-blading. The causeway is also popular with locals and tourists who want to enjoy a swim in the Pacific Ocean; or simply relax with fabulous scenic views.
I was at the Amador Causeway about a month ago and strolled through the area for more than five hours. This is what caught my eyes:
With gentle tropical breezes that sweep along the Causeway, spectacular scenery and fine dining, the Causeway has something for everybody, regardless of your age or budget. With the famous words of TV show host Robin Leach, who always signed off, “Champagne wishes and caviar dreams,” I encourage you to drop by the hottest place in town. Good Day.