Gatun Yacht Club Port Guide

The Gatun Yacht Club Port provides tropical and casual surroundings. It was formerly an active boating and yachting center for Panama Canal Commission members and their families. Today, the club has been changed into an exclusive place for visitors from the cruise ships. From its deck you can benefit from a striking spectacle of the nearby jungle as well as ships sailing all through the canal. You can partake in a nature walk whereas others might choose taking an invigorating dip in the Panama Canal waters.

If you are opting for a relaxation time, you can merely enjoy and relax the tropical atmosphere of the club. A complimentary draft beer is unlimited on the time that you arrive until the time you leave in addition to water, sodas, ice cream and white wine. Folkloric songs and dances by a calypso group will surely entertain you.


Panama is a heaven for shoppers and Gatun is no exemption to that. Everything from the newest in fashion up to the most intricate crafts and computers are offered in this particular area of Panama. There are craft shops that offer a range of wood and straw products, painting and embroideries as well as popular molas.

Are you searching for souvenirs? There are gift stores that offer local T-shirts and handicrafts as well as handmade craft products. Among these stores are the Kuna Indians and Embera.

Since Panama is a worldwide free port, you can get various affordable products in Gatun Yacht Club cruise terminal. Some of these items include embroidered tablecloths, electric household products, electronic equipment, watches, precious stones, jewels, original art, perfumes, photography, porcelain and fine glassware.

Most of the stores are open from Monday to Sunday at 9am to 8pm. Some stores are open during Sundays and hold various baratillos or special sales all over the year. Most of the supermarkets are open twenty-four hours and many of them are well stocked and modern. Also, there are huge, fashionable commercial malls with an immense array of specialized shops.

Things to See

While on shore, you may experience entertainment and folk dances, wonder at exceptional handicrafts or simply relax. Nature strolls are on hand from the Gatun Yacht Club port of call every hour that last up to 45 minutes. Watch out for iguanas, monkeys, sloths and other different species of birds and butterflies. The small lagoon is known to be home to the alligator. There is a local professional that can educate you on the area of flora and fauna.

The largest locks found in Panama Canal are beautiful and offer excellent view on the works of this magnificent portion of engineering. You can visit the locks anytime between 9am to 4am, from Monday to Sunday. 

Restaurants and Bars

Most of the local foods are worthy of your taste. These include ceviche or spiced fish that is cooked with lemon juice and onion and patacones or fried plantains.

The Washington Hotel presents a waterfront café and the Grand Café located on the 10th Street offer their customers with Arabian cuisine. Also, there is a decent restaurant located within the Gatun Yacht Club cruise port near Fort Sherman.

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