Panamá City Travel Guide

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Panamá City Things to Do

  • Ministerio de Gobierno y justicia

    This building is the office of the goverment of Panama and the department of justice. It sits along the bay in the western part of Casco Viejo just west of the Plaza Bolivar.

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  • Plaza Francia

    This plaza contains the remnants of the original city wall on the farthest most tip of Casco Viejo. It provides a fantastic spot to watch the modern city or to watch the ships lined up for entry into the canal.Down below, the walls are monuments to the men instrumental in building the canal.

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  • Casco Viejo

    We set aside Sunday to visit Casco Viejo, the old part of the city. I printed a walking tour from Frommers to use as our guide, the area isn't huge but if you stop at the art market, poke around in the shops or Panama Canal Museum, the visit can take several hours. The Frommer's walking tour starts at the Plaza de la Independencia where you'll find...

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Panamá City Restaurants

  • Steaks and seafood on the Causeway

    We asked our taxi driver for a recommendation on the Amador Causeway and he took us to Lenos Y Carbon. On a Sunday afternoon at 2:15pm there was still a 25 minute wait for a table and once we did get seated no fewer than 5 people stopped by to take our order so it seemed a little disorganized. The setting was nice overlooking the marina. We were in...

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  • Folklore show and Panamanian food

    Las Tinajas was right around the corner from our hotel and I figured it would be a nice night out on a Saturday night when we had nowhere to be the next morning. Most people go for the dinner show which starts at 9pm on Tuesday-Saturday, we got there right around 9pm and most people were already seated and eating so we should have gotten there a...

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  • Lebanese food

    Located near the Marriott Hotel, Beirut is a nice spot to have Midde Eastern food. We were seated on the outdoor patio. Service wasn't very friendly, it took awhile to get our server to come over and then they seemed to be a little overanxious to clear the plates. But the food is good and it's a nice atmosphere. We ordered an appetizer sampler...

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Panamá City Nightlife

  • Cheap drinks and good company

    Ok,Apparently there was once more to this place till a fire burnt the area down. The "Club" is next to the Country Inn and Suites at the entrance of the canal. This is a great place for a drink and some decent eats. Nothing fancy but reasonable bar food (burgers, etc....the deep fryer is well used here. You can watch the sunset here or listen to...

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  • Karaoke Night in Panama

    Karaoke SHOT is a fun place when you can sing your favorite song, drink a variety of drinks, price are very affordable, beer, Rum and Vodka drinks in $3 each.The speciality of the house are the shots ask for SATANAS or the local Karaoke SHOT.They alternate the Karaoke sessions with dance sets, very fun place. Casual or sport is accepted, but some...

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  • Hot, Live Salsa

    Great, crowded, sweaty, unintimidating place to salsa and mix with a diverse crowd. The big salsa band was great. buy drinks or a bottle of rum. crowded bar area but effective bartenders.update from late 2008: i've heard from a friend that this is no longer called la bodequita, but i think the vibe is the same. Casual, no evident dress code.

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Panamá City Transportation

  • Grupo VM TRAVELS IN PANAMA ARE GREAT

    When i arrived to the airport Grupo Vm Travels was waiting for me with hapiness. When i got on board the bus, the driver offered me water, beer, soft drink or water. it´s the first time that i travel and transportation company treat me as a King. I want to take a tour city but i was not sure at the begining but the driver told me in a perfect...

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  • Flying in...

    Copa is the National carrier of Panama flying modern Boeing and Embraer jets from Panama City to points North and South. For Americans they can often be a more affordable ticket to places in Brazil or Peru as my wife found out. I flew them LAX-PTY-LAX. The flight is around 6 hrs each way and each economy seat has IFE (TV, music, etc) to shorten the...

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  • Public Transit from Tocumen...

    I was in Panama in February/March of 2013 and I here are my thoughts about the possibility of taking a bus from the airport to the city and vice versa.There ARE public buses linking the city with the airport. A few years ago the municipality decided to introduce a real metropolitan transit system called „MetroBUS”. As a result of this a brand new...

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Panamá City Shopping

  • Island

    the city has many places where you can buy things, one of them is "DUTY FREE" a mall where you can buy souvenirs without taxes, if I remember I meet some guys there that I don't know if they where half Panamanians and Americans or fully Americans. Souvenirs are very common here but also PCs and laptops with no taxes from $10 to 50

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  • Local crafts

    While we were visiting with the Embera tribe one of the demonstrations were the crafts that they sell. You can find them at souvenir shops in Panama City but usually with an extremely high markup, it seemed like it was 2-3 times more expensive to buy at many of the shops in town. Casco Viejo had a better selection and lower prices than the shops...

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  • Biggest Mall in the Country

    The Albrook Mall is the biggest mall in the entire country. It's a huge shopping outlet with tons of different stores as well as interesting decorations throughout the mall that serve as landmarks to help guide you around. There is also a large food court with a wide variety of restaurants as well.Prices here are a little more expensive than you...

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Panamá City Local Customs

  • Litter, litter, everywhere

    Panama City and most of the places we visited were covered in litter, you'd go out into the jungle and the amount of litter is amazing, along the roads there are piles of trash. One of our guides explained to us that in some areas trash collection is free and in some areas you have to pay for it. Contrary to what you'd think, the areas with free...

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  • Kuna Culture

    Panama has several indigenous groups and, like in Guatemala and other Central American nations, these groups preserve their language and culture, in the face of the Spanish language and a globalized culture. In Panamá, the two main groups are the Kuna, who live on the Caribbean coast, and the Emberá, who live in the Darién region and towards the...

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  • Panamanian Beers

    OK, I´m a beer connosuer, I have to check out the local brews wherever I go. Panamainian beers were unknown to me before I moved here. I have found them to be a pleasant surprise.They have an award winning beer now, Cerveza Panama was given a gold medal at the International Brewers Contest in 2008. It is my prefered local beer, but the others are...

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Panamá City Warnings and Dangers

  • Using credit cards

    The first two transactions I made in Panama were for my airline ticket with Copa Airlines and my excursion with Jungle Land Panama and both were marked for fradulent activity. This was easy enough to solve while still in the US and fortunately it did not happen while we were in Panama but we didn't charge much having read that Panama was a place...

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  • Almost same experience as ianerin

    In Casco Viejo close to El Chorillo I jumped off a bus with a German bloke. Soon the area looked like a warzone, the population was almost entirely black. A guy from a shanty house shouted "Gringos" at us and followed us, but he was too drugged to keep pace. But still his shoutings attracted attention. metres more a small indian lady told us not to...

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  • Robbery

    Panama City has some very poor slums around Casco Viejo and this area is known for tourist who stray off the main areas getting robbed. Fortunately there are tourist police who help make sure tourist don't stray too far from the beaten path.

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Panamá City Tourist Traps

  • Miraflores lock

    The panama Canal, was so big, also it has inside there are a museum about the history of the canal, however there so crowd of people around the world and there no air so its very hot, you can see the ships and the stuff in a balcony up of the building. Try to get comfortable clothes and something against the mosquitoes in the third floor Stay...

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  • Overcharging by Taxis

    Be sure to get exact charges before entering a taxi as they often charge non spanish speaking fares twice the amount. Often even after having agreed on a price, they will try to squeeze more out of you. Just be firm, get out at destination and refuse to pay more than agreed upon.

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  • Casco Viejo

    Lonely Planet and local tourist guides describe this as a gentrifying area of interesting old buildings and historical sites emerging from its past as a slum. Historical sites there may be, but I found it very hard to spot the gentrification. This is a developing county urban slum, nothing more. As urban slums go, its a relatively clean and orderly...

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Panamá City What to Pack

  • Packing for Panama City

    Water shoes, I used them on two of the excursionsSwimsuit, I wished I had packed two as nothing seemed to dry in Panama.Hat to keep your head from burning Sunscreen is an absolute must for me in tropical climates, bug spray is another good item to pack if you are heading into the jungle Credit/debit cards are not as widely used as they are in...

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  • Climate

    Panama's climate is hot & tropical (@ 85-95 F) all year round. It also has frequent rains from March till November. Pack light and bring rain gear.

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  • Bring your US dollars

    Although the balboa is the currency of Panama, it iso nly so by name. Do bring your US dollars here, Balboa banknotes do not exist. Often you will be told a price in Balboa - but what they mean is dollars. 50 balboa=50 USD.The balboa is divided in 100 cents... and at least here you can find Panamanian balboas, as well as US cents. The Balvoa...

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Panamá City Off The Beaten Path

  • Some Experience

    For a week of reading glossy magazines on Panama and its diverse cultural life,primeval forests and convoluted history, I never got the chance to be privy toone of the most interesting moments in Panama's existence. Fortunately andmagically it happened on the last day when travelling to the Tocumeninternational airport, the taxi driver chose the...

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  • Iglesia del Carmen

    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...

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  • Calle Argentina

    Calle Argentina is one of the new city’s most visited restaurant zones, and with good reason. In fact, much of the area here just north of Via España is well-developed as a zone of entertainment and dining, with restaurants offering patrons a wide variety of cuisines. The main strip of restaurants and bars is along Calle Argentina (including some...

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Panamá City Sports & Outdoors

  • Volleyball

    I was surprised not to see people playing (beach) volleyball on the beaches around Panama CityMaybe somebody knows the good spots ? Please let us know ! We are very enthusiastic and would like to play as often as possible, or at least on week-endsArt77Email: artour_a@yahoo.com We do a have volleyball and a net

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  • Kayaking-White water-Mamoni

    I signed up for white Water Rafting in Feb when i booked it Javier said water level is low and will be using inflatable Kayaks. The water level was so low we had to work hard and paddle more because the water level was so shallow we got grounded on top of rocks and boulders most of the time and had to walk around area because too many large...

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  • RUN THE CAUSEWAY

    The place to run here in Panama City is the Amador Causeway. Start either at the Country Inn Hotel at the base of the Puente de las Americas or out on Flamenco Island. The course is four kilometers one way. The great views will help you forget your plodding speed brought on by the torpid heat. We increased the length of the run by a few kilometers,...

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Panamá City Favorites

  • Movie featuring Panama

    "The Tailor of Panama" was filmed in Panama including Panama City, Lake Gatun and Gamboa. It's an adapatation of a John Le Carre novel and stars Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush and Jamie Lee Curtis. I'm sure the Panama tourism bureau isn't promoting this film, while it does show some of Panama's beauty it also shows a bit of Panama's seediness. Watch...

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  • When to go

    We visited at the end of March, it was extremely hot and humid during the day but being near the water on a couple of the days made it feel slightly less hot. One of our guides said the rainy season would be starting soon and that would be a time when you wouldn't want to visit, he said that the roads sometimes flood and become unpassable.

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  • Money matters

    Panama seems to still be a largely cash society, some of the restaurants did take credit cards as did some of the tours but mostly we paid cash for things including the Embera tour and most of our meals. The US dollar is the legal currency, sometimes you will get back Panamanian coins but they have equal value with the same US coins.Credit cards,...

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Portobelo
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Monkey Island
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Amador Causeway
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Taxi from the airport
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Isla Grande
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Daytrip-Portobelo and Isla Grande
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Daytrip-Embera Tour
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Panama City Railroad
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Diablo Rojo
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Panamanian diner
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Giving the Colonel a run for his money
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Walking
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Miraflores Locks (Panama Canal)
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New Metro (expected completion 2013)
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Taxi prices
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Very fresh seafood, excellent beef, loved it!
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the good, the bad and the ugly
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Bingo! We found the best restaurant in Panama!
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Botanical garden Summit.
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Instituto Nacional de Cultura
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Teatro Nacional
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Iglesia San Felippe
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City Hall and Panama History Museum
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Museo del Canal Interoceánico de Panamá
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Museo Antropológico
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Museo de Afro-Antillean Museum
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Black People of Panama
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Teatro Nacional
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Monumento a Arosemena
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