Panama City is the capital of the Panama Republic. With a tropical weather and festive spirit, the locals guarantee a pleasant moment in this special province. Panama offers a large number of options to choose from, depending on the affinities of each visitor.
Yes, even if Panama province is well-known for its modern skyscrapers, it still holds precious little places to get away of all the city life and just enjoy the air and the sunlight.
Fort Amador, also known as Causeway, is composed by four islands: Naos, Perico, Culebra and Flamenco, in which you can find the most acclaimed restaurants, bike rental services to drive by the islands, and an amazing view to both the Panama Canal and the city. Any time of the day is recommended for visiting, since this area is usually fresher than the average weather in Panama City.
In Fort Amador are found the boats to visit Taboga and Contadora Island, which are amazing options if planning a trip to the beach, without having to go far away from the capital.
To the East of Panama province is Cerro Azul. A breathtaking mountain with flowing rivers of cold water, colorful birds, variety of flora and fauna and city views. This is the only place in Panama City with a temperature under 20 degrees C. The mountains of Cerro Azul reach an altitude of 950 meters
"Casco Viejo" was designated a World Heritage Site in 1997. This was the location to which the first city of Panama was moved, after the attacks of pirate Henry Morgan to "Panama Viejo".
This place was first built as a classic model of Indian cities, similar to Cartagena in Colombia, but because of the fires that were witnessed in the XVIII century the initial structure was modified, leading to a new style inside the ruins and colonial buildings, consisting of neoclassical and Afro-Antillean influences.
Today, Casco Antiguo is a touristic place, with elegant restaurant and bars, discotheques as a meeting point between locals and foreigners and the preserved first institutions and buildings of this city.
Last but not least, once in Panama province don’t forget to schedule a visit to the Panama Canal and the Miraflores Visitor Center. Tourist guides and experts at this locations, offer for a reasonable price a tour through the history of the foundation of Panama Canal and its development to this day. Different activities can be done in this center including 3D movies, exposition rooms and three levels with seats to observe the ships entering through the locks.
Either going to a quiet and warm trip to the beach or planning to enjoy the city nights in places like Casco Viejo, Panama City provides an unforgettable experience and knowledge of the Panamanian culture.