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Fuerte Amador, Panama is a man-made peninsula that jets out into the Pacific Ocean. This small peninsula is home to many shops, restaurants, and marinas and Fuerte Amador claims some of the best views of Panama City. It also creates a causeway that connects to 4 islands along the Panama coast.

Location 

Fuerte Amador is located in the country of Panama, bordered by Costa Rica to the north and Columbia to the south. The Fuerte Amador peninsula sits at the entrance of the Panama Canal on the Pacific Ocean side. Fuerte Amador is located at 8.9 degrees latitude, and 79.6 degrees longitude,  roughly 2.2 miles from Panama City and 1.6 miles from the Panama Canal.

Population 

The approximate population for the peninsula of Fuerte Amador is 24,000 residents, and the approximate population for the country of Panama is 3.2 million residents.

Currency 

The official currency of Panama is the Panamanian Balboa (B) which is divided into 100 centesimos. The coins that are used are the B1, B10, 50, 25, 10, 5, and 1 centesimos.  The official paper currency is the U.S. dollar. The Balboa is exchanged equally to the U.S. Dollar, meaning B1 = US$1. Both currencies are used identically throughout Panama.  U.S. travelers' checks and U.S. dollars do not need to be exchanged to Balboa. Most major credit cards are widely accepted throughout Panama, and other currencies can be exchanged at any Bureau de Change for a small exchange fee. Major banks will also exchange currency, usually at the best exchange rate. ATMs and Cashpoint are also great ways to pull cash and are found easily throughout Panama City. It is advisable to carry a small amount of cash while traveling throughout Panama, as many local vendors do not accept credit cards. 

Language 

The official language of Panama is Spanish, and approximately 14 percent of the population speaks English. It is very common for Panamanians to be bilingual in Spanish and English.

Religion 

It is estimated that 85 percent of the Panama population is Roman Catholic, while 15 percent is Protestant.

Time Zone 

Standard Time Zone: UTC or Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) - 5 hours throughout Panama, also same time zone as Eastern Time Zone in the United States. Panama does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

Telephone 

The international dialing code for Panama is 507.

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January 19, 2010 change by sequoia maner

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