Miramar Intercontinental

Avenida Balboa, Panama City, Panama, Panama City, Panama

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South shore of the Casco AntiguoSouth shore of the Casco Antiguo

Campanile of the ChurchCampanile of the Church

The Estación Nacional de FerrocarrilesThe Estación Nacional de Ferrocarriles

Miraflores LocksMiraflores Locks

Forum Posts

Where to stay?

by interndk

Going to panama city. Will be there only 3 fully days. Is it better to stay in panama city itself....or near one of the beaches which can be 1.5 hours from the city. My travel companion wants to stay in farallon.....where as I think panama city itself is more appropriate for a 3 day stay. Regardless of where we stay we want to spend 1 day seeing panama city, and we want to spend the rest of our time seeing nature/mountains, and the panama canal. Any ideas?

Re: Where to stay?

by nady77

hi
I can help you finding a place to stay. If you want to visit Panama city is better to stay in a hotel in the city. We have a lot of hotels at any price. If you wanto have a tour to the beach and the mountains. You can do it in one day because is only at 1.5 hour from the city
if you want me to help you with hotel acommodations and tours
write me back
nadiahall26@yahoo.com

Re: Where to stay?

by TamirB

Staying in Farallon is a waste of time, there is nothing to do there except the beach and you will find it deserted unless it is a weekend, Enjoy the city.
One day in Panama city and the canal, another day could be a trip to the atlantic and another to El Valle which is 1.5 hrs drive,
Enjoy your stay,

Re: Where to stay?

by bilgeez

Go to El Valle it is only 1.5 hrs by bus from Panama City, get the bus at Teminal Nacional at Albrook. There are all sorts of places to stay in El Valle from Hostels to Luxury Hotels. In Panama City stay near Via Espana in Cangrejo, the Hotel Marbella is reasonable (about $35 US per night) and close to all the night life and things to do there. The canal you can take a tour or a cab to Miraflores Locks, there are observation decks, a restaurant, a museum and gift shop there.

Re: Where to stay?

by bilgeez

Go to El Valle it is only 1.5 hrs by bus from Panama City, get the bus at Teminal Nacional at Albrook. There are all sorts of places to stay in El Valle from Hostels to Luxury Hotels. In Panama City stay near Via Espana in Cangrejo, the Hotel Marbella is reasonable (about $35 US per night) and close to all the night life and things to do there. The canal you can take a tour or a cab to Miraflores Locks, there are observation decks, a restaurant, a museum and gift shop there.

Travel Tips for Panamá City

Taxi small talk

by Assenczo

For better or worse the Panamanians are nice talkative fellows who readily provide the traveller with the latest in the gossip column. Chances are that they will talk about Mel Gibson's latest exploits, meaning buying prime real estate and thus connect to you, the avid movie buff. Meanwhile he is going to pump his patriotic ego and make you practice your Spanish. What a win-win situation!

Iglesia del Carmen

by mikey_e

The Iglesia del Carmen along Via España is one of the new city’s large churches. Surrounded by modern office and apartment buildings, as well as the busy lanes of the Via España, the church rises up and provides a bit of importance to an otherwise unremarkable commercial area. It is not done in the typical Baroque style of Spanish colonial churches, but is rather a neo-Gothic structure reminiscent of North American cathedrals. The rosetones at the entrance, the stained glass and the sharp arches and vaults are all more indicative of something in the northern US or Canada than in Panamá. This provides an interesting addition to an area that is otherwise devoid of older styles and structures.

Fine Dining Seafood Menu

by gdilieto about Siete Mares

Upscale restaurant with elegant set up and classy atmosphere in the upscale district El Cangrejo.

Seafood menu with not-too-fancy but tasty plates from the local tradition (ceviche, of course, and a dozen Corvina plates on the menu). Elegant crowd and appropriate service. The night of my dinner they had also a pianist performing.

A fine dining experience at, all in all, reasonable price. Dress up.

Panama Canal

by JuancitoPA

The main reason tourists come here to Panama, the famous Panama Canal. It is just aproximately 20 kms away from Panama City's downtown.

There's a little fee of 10 bucks to enter to a platform where you can actually watch the ships going thru the locks.You can watch how the locks get empty and filled again in front of your eyes. There's also a restaurant with excellent food and with a nice view of the Miraflores Locks.

Another way of experiencing the Panama Canal is to do a partial transit thru the Canal, but of course this one is more expensive.

Must see: View from Atop Cerro Ancon

by gdilieto

Cerro Ancon (Ancon Hill) is somewhat overlooked as tourist destination in Panama City but in my view is well worth the visit because of the unparalleled views of the city, the bay and the entrance to the Canal one can enjoy from atop. The top of the hill, with the giant Panamanian flag, is reached with a 15 minutes taxi ride from the city centre. There is no entrance fee and opening hours are daily from 6:00 am to 5:45 pm.

Attached the picture I took from the top, with view of the modern city skyline, Casco Viejo, the Americas Bridge and the entrance to the Canal with the Miraflores Locks, that eventually will give you an insight on the view from atop.

Cerro Ancon has a particular importance to Panamanians because it flew the US flag for long time reminding Panamanians of the US presence in the country and indeed was one of the first areas to go up upon ratification of the treaties which turned the Canal Zone over to Panama.

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