Panama City, often referred to as the Crossroads of the Americas, is a bustling metropolis boasting impressive skyscrapers and endless activity. In the city and not sure what to do? Check out the following list of popular things to do while in Panama City. Don’t want to explore the city alone? Call us at +507-6544-3830 or e-mail us email@example.com and we’ll help you choose the perfect traveling companion for you!
1. Cinta Costera
The Cinta Costera, or Coastal Beltway, is a 26-hectare land reclamation project in Panama City that was completed in 2009 at a cost of $189 million. It extends from Punta Paitilla to El Chorrillo. The Cinta Costera III recently opened in 2014, which reaches the Amador Causeway.
The Cinta Costera features a large pedestrian path and parks, making it an ideal destination for walkers, runners, rollerbladers and bikers, or anyone who wants to enjoy the beautiful scenery and impressive ocean views. Situated along the Panama Bay, one can observe the dozens of ships that wait their turn to traverse the world famous Panama Canal.
2. Casco Viejo
Casco Viejo (Spanish for Old Quartern), also know as Casco Antiguo, is a quaint historic district of Panama City characterized by low rise buildings that boast their original facades from the last century. Casco Viejo was built and settled in 1673 after the sacking and destruction Panama Viejo, the original city center, in 1671 by pirates. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
Popular sights in Casco Viejo include La Catedral Metropolitana, El Palacio de las Garzas, Church and Convent of Saint Francis of Assisi, Church of San José, Church of La Merced, Church and Convent of Santo Domingo: The Flat Arch, Church and Convent of the Society of Jesus, Palacio Municipal, Palacio Nacional, National Theatre of Panama, Panama Canal Museum, Palacio Bolívar, Góngora House, Plaza Bolívar, Plaza Herrera, Plaza de Francia and Plaza de la Independencia. As well as sights, Casco Viejo is home to some of Panama’s best restaurants, including Mostaza, Tantalo and La Forchetta.
3. Amador Causeway
The Amador Causeway is a perfect destination if you’re looking to be active or to just lounge around and enjoy a lazy day in Panama. Amador consists of four small islands on the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, called Naos, Culebra, Perico and
Flamenco. They are connected to the mainland via a causeway, made from rock extracted during the excavations from the Panama Canal. Initially, the causeway was intended to be a breakwater for the entrance to the Panama Canal.
If you’re feeling active, you can rent a bicycle or walk along the path that runs along the one-lane. If you’re looking to enjoy a nice meal and drink, there are numerous restaurants to choose from on all islands.
4. Panama Canal
A list of things to do in Panama City wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Panama Canal. The Miraflores Locks are located approximately 15 minutes from the city center, where you can learn more about this enginerring marvel at the Panama Canal Museum, as well as watch the ships pass through.
5. Metropolitan Park
Metropolitan Park is located approximately 10 minutes from the city center and is one of the only rainforests in the world located within the limits of a captial city. In addition to being spectacularly gorgeous and tranquil, it is a great place to hike. The trails are relatively easy and short, but offer gorgeous views of the Panama Canal, Clayton, City of Knowledge, Casco Viejo, Amador Causeway and Panama City. It’s also very possible to spot a sloth, monkey and array of bird species while wondering in this park.
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