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Best place to see Panama Canal

Want to be up close to one of the wonders of the world? Then go to the visitor centers at Gatun Locks. At the Agua Clara visitor center you can see the new Panama Canal expansion... read more

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Gainesville, Florida
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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Want to be up close to one of the wonders of the world? Then go to the visitor centers at Gatun Locks. At the Agua Clara visitor center you can see the new Panama Canal expansion and watch the Panamax ships go through. You also get a good view of the Atlantic entrance and Gatun Lake. The observation point is... More 

Thank chibooster
Panama City, Panama, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The visitor center at the new Agua Clara locks is perfect to see the New-Panamax vessels go through on their way from one ocean to the other one. Impressive and easy to find. And there is a nice restaurant with a view..

Thank Juergen S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

I never knew how important this canal is to maritime trade. This connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

Thank Carolyn W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

Don't book a tour because that's a ripoff. Do it yourself. Take the Metro from downtown to Albrook terminal, cost nothing. Then just go outside the terminal and take a cab to Station Corozal. Don't ask for the price. Just pretend you know it. Then at the station just hand the the driver 5$, that's enough. Then buy the ticket.... More 

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Bokeelia, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

The Gatun Locks were in the final stages of expansion construction when we visited, so there was no visitor center to stop in. Though, looking at what was being built is impressive. Of all the locks, the Miraflores Visitor Center on the Pacific side has the best visitor center. They are all worth visiting. I highly recommend hiring a guide.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

Pretty busy when we were there. Ship in progress transiting. Sight lines good be better. Bleacher seating and standing room. Get there ahead of crowds is my advice.

Thank tanchaser
Pompano Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016

Have always wanted to come to the Panama Canal. It is amazing to watch the locks operate and remember that they were engineered over 100 years ago, and still are relevant.

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Carbonear, NL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016

My husband and I travelled to the Gtatun Locks as part of an excursion via a cruise. We had always wanted to see and experience the wonders of the Locks and we indeed had that opportunity. There are quite a few steps to walk up to find your way to the highest point and bet view of the Locks in... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016

Its impressive to look at what they built. How it works and how important it is for global commerce. love to come back

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016

I have been through many locks in my travels but this one was special due to its history. We went up to the observation deck and saw two ships come through the locks. The place was built in 1913 and many people lost their lives building it. They are going through an expansion period as they are building another lock... More 

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