Shelter Bay marina is a lovely place, on the border between the sea and dense tropical jungle. It's also completely safe and guarded by the Navy
(Naval base (big words for what it is) = same complex, Fort Sherman).
Just before you get on that long dark road to Fort Sherman, you have to pass the Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal
. That is about the only negative thing of this marina if you are in a hurry: most times you have to wait for ships entering leaving the locks. This is also where any chase by bandits (never heard that story before, must have been told at a bar) ends (Canal security). At the other end of the road is the navy
checkpoint of Fort Sherman.
The only bandits that have been sighted on the road were coatimundi's, monkeys, ant-eaters, jaguars, hawks, vultures, sloths, toucans, snakes and other scum but never the human kind.
There's walking trails through the jungle, marina bus and taxi's for shopping trips, wifi
when it works (gets better) and even a swimming pool now.
The marina has been well filled for the year we have been here, it might get full with the new situation. We are staying here for another season because my wife broke her ankle... ask me what you want to know!