Details for Balboa Yacht Club

Balboa Yacht Club

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Average rating 1.5 stars from 4 reviews

Address Cinta Costera, Avenida Balboa
Panama City


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - YES
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Located at the entrance of the Panama Canal on the east side of the channel. Be careful to enter and turn right at buoy 14.5 (any sooner and you will run aground).





Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: $30 per day.

AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Available at the dock.

Dinghy access

No - A water taxi shuttles you to and from the dock.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Cash price. Credit card is 15% more.


Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - A water taxi shuttles you to and from the dock.

Pump out



Yes - Available at the fuel dock/office.


Yes - There is a dumpster at the head of the fuel/office pier.








Yes - Riba Smith is a large grocery store in town (there are many others) but all require a taxi ride or bus adventure.



Yes - Onsite popular and affordable bar and resturaunt. Some English is spoken by the staff, very popular with the cruisers and ex-pat crowd.



Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Rail

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access


Boat ramp availability


Yes - Taxi

Other services


Reviews for Balboa Yacht Club
It disappeared... It was genuine, 2015-08-04
Captain: , Bonaire (346)

Balboa Yacht Club used to be the place to wait for bureacracy of the Canal. It had two services_A bar and a place to fix fishing boats. The original Balboa Yacht Club Disappeared with a fire.

Avoid if possible, 2015-06-18
Captain: , Long Beach (50)

After a great passage through the Canal, we tried to get fuel and a mooring at Balboa Yacht Club only to find they had no fuel and did not know when they would get more. No moorings. They have recently removed half of the ones they had. Went maybe a mile West and found a great achorage at La Playita. More on the La Playita site.

Much less wake than la Playita, 2014-04-28
Captain: , Newport, RI (10275)

We pulled into the Pedro Miguel yacht club and got a mooring ball close to the Bridge of the Americas (image right). What was nice about that was that the work boats were moored right next to us, which meant that they were moving slowly when they approached. Freighters are also moving much more slowly by the time that they get to this location, so you don't get much wake from them. However, you're close to the bridge and get a lot of traffic noise and pollution/grit blowing off of it. I guess that it's a choice of lesser evils. It was very cool watching the myriad of freighter moving through the canal just a few hundred feet away.

Note that your boat is going to get covered with grime coming off of the bridge, freighters and work boats. It's disgusting and we couldn't wait to get through the canal.

There's an excellent guide for cruisers located at

Note that you need to join the Southbound Group at in order to access this file.

The best selection of hardware, oil, etc is at the Dicovery Center. The Do-It-Center in Transismica is OK, but has doesn't have much compared to the Discovery Center.

Sue was very impressed with the Riba Smith grocery store, but it is very expensive. I personally liked the Ray grocery store better and their prices were more reasonable, but it doesn't have all of the items that Riba Smith had.

The moorings at the Balboa Yacht Club were $30/day. It is very difficult to get a mooring ball. One key thing is to call or write them and give them a credit card number and tell them that they can begin to bill it on your scheduled arrival date, even if you don't show up.

For an agent we used Roy Bravo at Emmanuel Agencies, S.A. based upon experience that other cruisers had with him. He's not the cheapest, but he's very responsive and doesn't require the fees in cash. Note that he is a bonded agent, which is important. Their e-mail is

Likely a necessary stop going through the canal, but limit your stay, 2013-06-09
Captain: , Juneau, AK (288)

We spent a week here after clearing through the canal. Old encrusted tires serve as mooring balls (there is no marina, per se). Transportation to and from you boat to the fuel dock office pier is provided by panga launch (call on VHF or honk your horn).
Extreemly busy, noisy and subject to constant wake activity from the speeding crew/support launches racing by at full speed to deliver their cargo to the ships anchored awaiting canal transit. Oddly, the ships going up and down the channel do not cause wakes. If you do stay here ask for a ball on the north side as far away from the channel and the party boats moored to the south as possible. The resturaunt was good and prices very reasonable. It is frequented by many cruisers and e-pat residents so if you need any technical help with your boat ask around in the bar, you'll easily find it.
Provisions need to be dropped near the bar and, for a few $$, you can get one of the many locals hanging in the area to haul it down to the end of the long pier to the fuel/launch dock for you using their dollies.
This is a busy place, and subject to weekend parties on other moored boats as well as loud music from the bar and nearby outdoor fairgrounds, so don't plan on a lot of sleep. Consider it a place to reprovision and prepare for a canal transit or your next voyage. Fuel is sometimes available at the fuel dock, but most go to the large Flamingo Marina on the east side of the causeway (call ahead for an appointment, as it is crowded). If you need or want a canal agent going to the Caribbean side, this would be the place to find one easily.

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