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Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers. Just outside of town, verdant rainforest and idyllic tropical beaches offer visitors a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy city streets. On a tour of Panama City, you can experience the contrast between its palm-tree fringed avenues and the historic center, where colonial-era buildings line narrow, cobblestone streets. Explore the ruins of the original city that was destroyed by pirates, take a day trip to one of the numerous forests and parks nearby, or watch the massive ships navigate the Panama Canal on your Panama City vacation. Take a look at our Panama attractions planner to refine the details of your trip to Panama City.
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Panama Canal ©
Landmark
Panama Canal
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Landmark
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)
3.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
History Museum
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
Casco Viejo ©
Historic Walking Area
Casco Viejo
4.4
Duration: 4 hours

Historic Sites in Panama City

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Panama La Vieja ©
Ruin
Panama La Vieja
4.2
Duration: 3 hours
Avenida Balboa ©
Historic Walking Area
Avenida Balboa
4.3
Duration: 3 hours
Iglesia de San José ©
Religious Site
Iglesia de San José
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Bahai Temple ©
Religious Site
Bahai Temple Las Cumbres
4.7
Duration: 3 hours

Nature in Panama City

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Gatun Lake ©
Water Body
Gatun Lake
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
Metropolitan National Park ©
National Park
Metropolitan National Park
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Altos De Campana National Park ©
National Park
Altos De Campana National Park
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
Panama Caves ©
Cave
Panama Caves
5.0
Duration: 3 hours

Hidden gems in Panama City

Soberania National Park ©
National Park
Soberania National Park
4.3
Duration: 8 hours
Iglesia del Carmen ©
Church
Iglesia del Carmen
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
Plaza de Francia
Historic Site
Plaza de Francia
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Monkey Island ©
Island
Monkey Island
3.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Shopping in Panama City

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Albrook Mall ©
Shopping Mall
Albrook Mall
3.9
Duration: 4 hours
Multiplaza Pacific ©
Shopping Mall
Multiplaza Pacific
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
Mercado de Mariscos
Flea Market
Mercado de Mariscos
2.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Mercado Nacional de Artesanias
Flea Market
Mercado Nacional de Artesanias
1.0
Duration: 3 hours

Side trips from Panama City

Gatun Locks
Landmark
Gatun Locks Colon
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
Panamá-Canal Railroad ©
Other
Panamá-Canal Railroad Colon
3.8
Duration: 3 hours
Fort San Lorenzo ©
World heritage site
Fort San Lorenzo Colon
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling Portobelo
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
ORBIS PANAMA ©
Bus Tour
ORBIS PANAMA
4.7
Duration: 8 hours
Kats Tours ©
Fishing Charter / Tour
Kats Tours
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
Cinta Costera ©
Neighborhood
Cinta Costera
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
Bridge of the Americas ©
Bridge
Bridge of the Americas
3.6
Duration: 3 hours

Where to stay in Panama City

To enjoy a balance between old-fashioned architecture and new-edge culture, the southern coastal neighborhood of Casco Viejo (Old Quarter) remains the best place to stay in Panama City. You can choose from a range of stylish boutique hotels and comfortable guesthouses lining the narrow streets of this neighborhood, home to many cafes and bars. For a selection of mid-range and higher-end hotels, many with swimming pools, look to the north-central neighborhood of El Cangrejo. You can also find budget accommodations in the beachfront suburb of Calidonia.
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