There are more photo op locations other than the oriental overview parking lot. Drive all the nearby roads and surprise yourself with the many ways and locations for photographing the bridge.
The bridge is interesting and worth going over if you are in the area but it really isn't a destination in and of itself.
This mighty bridge is slated to be replaced in future to accommodate even larger ships we were told. The majestic span marks the South entrance to the Canal and provides a spectacular view. Stop at the Chinese memorial near the bridge.
I'm writing this review to point out the scenic overlook spot. If you are going Westbound out of the city, there is a stopping point for a scenic overlook on the right just after you cross the bridge (like 50 feet beyond the end of the bridge). It has parking for around 15-20 cars, and the day we stopped it... More
This bridge is the old connection between North and South America which has been well travelled, but will cede its primary role to the new Centennial Bridge over the Gaillard or Culebra Cut. If only the road was open all the way through to Peru, far more traffic could be generated.
We visited the bridge area both from the land and the sea. We sailed under it after the Panama Canal crossing. The masts of our ship were 200 ft high and the bridge clearance is only 204 ft at low tide. It is a beautiful structure and a gracious gift to the Panamanian people from the people of the United... More
and I'm unsure of the history or the unique facts about it. We see it daily from our balcony at the hotel and it's become an integral part of our view. It is a cool bridge.
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