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Clayton is a neighborhood in Panama City that formerly belonged to the Panama Canal Zone. It is said to be one of the most family-friendly neighborhoods among locals and expats alike. Within Clayton is the popular area known as the City of Knowledge, or Ciudad de Saber. There are several new developments in Clayton, including the Embassy Club, Clayton Villages, and Embassy Gardens. The name “Embassy” is often synonymous with Clayton because that is where the United States Embassy is located.
The Embassy Club is the most famous gated community in Panama, located in the middle of Clayton. It features a very nice central community area where residents enjoy a large swimming pool, gym, spa, and small café. The Embassy Club is one of the most high-end residences in Panama.
There are several small shopping centers in Clayton, as well as a few small restaurants and shops. One of the more popular shopping plazas is called the Clayton Plaza Shopping Center. Continue the shopping spree downtown, just a 10-minute Uber ride to the city center from Clayton.
Located in the Clayton Plaza Shopping Center is the unique trifecta of offerings called Boquete Bakery & Café. Part bakery, part restaurant, and part coffee shop, this café is a favorite of all who frequent it. Featuring an eclectic, exquisite menu of desserts and coffee-based beverages, Boquete Bakery & Café is located in close proximity to the Panama Canal and City of Knowledge, offering visitors a chance to get a taste of Boquete without leaving Panama City. Dine in for breakfast, lunch, coffee, or dessert.
Approximately 300 acres belong to the main campus of the City of Knowledge, an international complex for education, research, and innovation. The City of Knowledge promotes and facilitates synergy between universities, scientific research centers, businesses, and international organizations. The City of Knowledge Foundation is a private, non-profit organization established in 1995 that governs the campus of academia.
Located in the neighboring community of Albrook just next to Clayton is the extraordinary shopping plaza known as Albrook Mall, which is also connected to the always-busy Albrook Bus Terminal. Albrook Mall is the largest shopping center in Panama, and within it is a great bowling alley and arcade, as well as a cinema.
Panama City has a stellar public transportation service, with a still-smells-new, immaculate metro system. Grab a train to the city center, or to Casco Viejo or El Cangrejo. Or, if a further-out adventure sounds enticing, hop on a slightly longer bus that will have you in El Valle de Anton in about two hours to see the second-largest, inhabited, sleeping volcano in the world, or stop off a bit earlier in Coronado for a visit to the beach.
At the foot of Clayton is Ancon Hill, which is a sight to see, whether you walk to the foot of it or hike to the top for a beautiful view of Panama City. Jogging and biking are common around Ancon Hill, as its gorgeous, tropical greenery of towering, age-old trees meets the crossroads of desire with the luxurious, modern communities constructed throughout Clayton.
Located inside Clayton Mall is the Sattva Wellness Bar, which offers a menu of vegan cuisine, as well as American and Panamanian fare. Sattva also boasts an organic juice bar, as well as fusion food options. Patrons are welcome to come in for breakfast and brunch, as well as healthy snacks, hearty smoothies, frothy frappes, cold-pressed juices, cold-brew coffee, and even delectable desserts.
A visit to Panama City is not complete with a visit to the famous Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal. Luckily, this is located very close to Clayton. Watch as the Panama Canal feeds into the Pacific Ocean, with the opening directly in front of the Miraflores Locks for viewers to watch in awe as the Canal works its wonders.
Just minutes from the main access to the Corredor Norte Highway, Clayton offers a quick and convenient trip over to Colón and the Caribbean beaches. One of the most fascinating facts of Panama is that you can watch the sun rise over the Pacific and set over the Atlantic Ocean all in one day. This is the only place in the whole world where that is possible, plausible, and most certainly a thrill to experience.