Del Mar, it means of the sea. This view of the sea is from the Cinta Costera, the highway that rings Panama City. Panama has always been known as the "crossroads of the world". It's been the connection from the North to the South and the East to the West. Before there was ever a canal there was the Panama Railway.
The Camino de Cruces starts near Fort Sherman on the Atlantic coast of Panama. Panama has always been a trading route as far back as the Spanish Conquistadors. Panama Vieja was sacked and the city moved to Casco Viejo. Panama is truly a global trader. People from all over the Americas are here for a reason. That's because of trade.