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Fuerte Amador Panama Cruise Port
Location:

The port of Fuerte Amador is located right at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal in the Pacific Ocean. It is made up of a one mile causeway extending out into the Pacific Ocean and connecting four small islands in the area, Flamenco, Perico, Culebra and Naos. The causeway includes the cruise port, marina, the Fuerte Amador shopping and restaurant plaza, a convention center and a second shopping and restaurant plaza.

Porto Amador is a tender port.

The port is twenty miles from the city center. Private taxis monitored by FARM are the only transportation allowed inside the port area, while local taxis have to remain outside the Island entrance. Due to strict rules by the taxi union, shuttle buses to the city are not allowed. Be aware that taxi services accept U.S. dollars, but be sure to agree on the fare before leaving the port.

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Sightseeing:

Fuerte Amador lies just southwest of Panama City, and so provides an ideal location for further exploration of the city and surrounding islands. The island of Culebra is the home of the Smithsonian Institute of Tropical Research.

Tours/Excursions/Transportation:

There are two kinds of buses in Panama. The ones you find on the highway, and "city buses". The highway buses are constantly making journeys from terminals in Panama city to different destinations along the Pan American Highway, and back to the terminals. They're pretty frequent, and the buses will pick you up or drop you off at any point along their route, and most of them are air conditioned. The roughly linear shape of the country makes it ideal for a bus system, so ideal in fact that you don't really need to rent a car to get around most areas.

Taxis are also a decent way to get around in Panama. They're not expensive at all.

Nearby Places:

If you have the whole day, and haven't booked anything for Panama City, and want to do your own thing, you can get cabs in Amador for around $15-20 an hour.

The Miraflores Visitor Center is only interesting for those who do a "partial" cruise. Try to reach miraflores locks around 9am -10:30am or 3pm -4:30pm. If you do the "full canal" you will see everything much better from your ship.

Shopping and Food:

Traditional Panamanian crafts can be found most cheaply at artesian markets. In Panama City, the best are found at the market in Balboa, with the Panama Viejo market coming in as a close second. Panama's best-known craft is the mola, intricate reverse-applique handwork made by the Kuna. Molas can be bought at either of these craft markets, or from vendors on the seawall in Casco Viejo.

In Fuerte Amador you can find the Fuerte Amador Mall, which is a large duty-free shopping plaza. The mall sells a variety of quality items at rock-bottom prices. Examples of goods that are available in the mall are electronic gadgets, jewellery, food, perfume, and clothing. Fuerte Amador is also home to Flamenco Shopping Center, which is a shopping plaza that houses a number of boutique stores, souvenir shops, and restaurants. There is also a newly built modern shopping center in Flamenco Island.

One can find a number of specialty shops and stalls in the marina that sell local products such as native handicrafts and souvenir items.

If you ship is arriving in the evening: look for a restaurant with a good view of Panama City and enjoy!

Currency:

Panama uses the Balboa and the US Dollar as its currencies. The balboa is equivalent to the US dollar and has exactly the same value, but in reality the Balboas only exist as coins that are equivalent to the US coins.

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Communication:

Languages Spanish (official), English 14% note: many Panamanians bilingual.

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Shopping hours vary, but most of the stores and shops open from 9:00 am to 6:00 p.m. and some even up to 10:00 p.m. from Monday to Sunday.

Public Holidays New Year's Day, Day of Mourning (Jan 9), Carnival (Shrove Tuesday), Good Friday, Labor Day (May 1), Revolution Day, National Anthem Day (Nov 1), All Souls' Day, Independence Day, Flag Day, Uprising of Los Santos (Nov 10), Independence from Spain, Mother's Day, Christmas. In Panama City, Foundation of Panama City (Aug 15 or 16) is a public holiday. Colón has an additional Independence Day on Nov 5.

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