Fuerte Amador (Photo:Chris Jenner/Shutterstock)
Fuerte Amador (Photo:Chris Jenner/Shutterstock)
2019 Top-Rated Panama Canal & Central America Destinations
3.0 / 5.0
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Port of Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

Fuerte Amador (Balboa), Panama, is the port closest to the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal. It's a district of Panama City, located at the entry point to the canal; cruise ships anchor out in the ocean and tender passengers to offshore islands, across a causeway from the city.

The main attraction here is, of course, the Panama Canal, which ships are either just exiting or about to enter. Tours take cruise passengers to the Miraflores Locks or on boat rides through the canal's Gatun Lake. Other tours focus on attractions within Panama City, such as the Frank Gehry-inspired Biomuseum or walking tours through the heart of the city.

If you're planning on touring independently, know that Panama City has fairly bad traffic and getting from the tender pier to and from town may take longer than you expect.

Shore Excursions

About Fuerte Amador (Balboa)


Fuerte Amador has a good view of the Panama Canal, and offers access to many of Panama City's attractions


Independent touring can be a challenge due to traffic and time constraints

Bottom Line

Organized shore excursions are ideal for exploring this port and the surrounding areas

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Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Currency is the Panamanian Balboa, which is tied to the U.S. dollar. There's an ATM in the shopping area by the marina by the tender pier. U.S. dollars are widely accepted. For up-to-date currency exchange rates, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com.


Spanish is the official language. Some vendors will speak English.

--By Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor

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