Balboa is a town set close to the Panama Canal mouth. It was founded in 1914 and named after explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa, the first European to reach the Pacific from the New World.
Balboa is now considered part of Panama City's township of Ancon. Since its incorporation into the Republic of Panama, Balboa has been redeveloped to enhance the port's capacity and to adapt to private ownership of houses and commercial enterprises.
Sightseeing highlights for anyone visiting Balboa today include the Administration Building, the Goethals Memorial, the Prado, the remaining English-language churches or perhaps visit the famed Powell Orchid Garden which houses over 400 species of these beautiful native flowers.