Balboa, formally part of the Canal Zone is conveniently located near various restaurants, banks, supermarkets, schools, theaters, churches and shopping areas.
Balboa is an upper class neighborhood full of green areas with trees hundres of years old, beautiful monuments and parks. It is an excellent neighborhood for children and several schools are located nearby, including several English speaking schools.
Balboa is also home to the Port of Balboa and the Administration offices of the Panama Canal.
Wildlife commonly be seen in the area are agouties (nieques), white tailed deer, red and yellow headed parrots, toucans, several species of monkeys and iguanas.