The most modern city in Central America Panama City is a hub of international finance complete with skyscrapers and a dynamic atmosphere. Beneath this howeverthere are several layers to this metropolis that have been historically forged by a number of influences. In fact you could say that Panama is several cities all at the same time. The glass and metal skyline might look more like Miami than any of its Central American counterparts but you can also discover buzzing colonial neighbourhoods and a gateway to tropical destinations. Boutique hotels trendy bars and clubs and beautiful beaches add a dimension of leisure to the city making it popular with tourists.
Areas & Neighbourhoods in Panama
Casco Viejo - The most historic neighbourhood in the city with beautifully restored colonial buildings. There are numerous cultural events held here and some of the best dining options in the city.
Punta Paitilla - The most modern area of the city with skyscrapers and new developments pushing the city forward into the 21st century. There’s also a charming waterfront.
Balboa - The tree-lined streets of Balboa mix lush green vegetation with early to mid century architecture making it one of the most pleasant parts of the city to explore.
Calzada de Amador - This causeway connects the city to a group of nearby islands. It’s also where you can discover a good mix of bars and restaurants at the marina.
Things to See in Panama
Panama’s most famous construction is of course the canal and it’s definitely worth making the effort to go and see it. Head to the Miraflores locks where there’s a visitors centre and museum where you can learn more about this marvel of engineering. However it’s not until you see the giant boats passing that you realise its true scale. Head to the Casco Viejo to explore another side of city life. This restored colonial district is one of the city’s most beautiful. Keep your eyes peeled for parties and events which frequently happen here as well as some of Panama’s best dining options.
Things to Do in Panama
Panama may be a modern metropolis but it’s also very close to nature. The canal forest and ocean are all within easy reach so head to the beach to soak up some sun. Cycle down the causeway to the islands or go white water rafting in the jungle - all within easy reach. The Parque Natural Metropolitano is home to more than 200 bird species and you can trek to the top of the Cerro Ancon for stunning views of the city. There are some world class golf courses here and in recent years major developments have brought excellent shopping options. The city is also earning itself a reputation for great nightlife so dance the night away down at the Calle Uruguay where you can pick and choose your evening entertainment.