Top 5 Things To NOT Miss During your Panama City Vacation

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Top 5 Things To NOT Miss During your Panama City Vacation

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Ever since I moved to Panama City, I’ve had an endless stream of visitors. Everyone comes with preconceived notions about what to expect and leave blown away by this developed and bustling Central American City. Panama City has earned its place amongst world class cities like Miami and Dubai. Beyond just the stunning skyline, down on the streets, Panama City is always filled with things to do and places to go.

"Everyone comes with preconceived notions about what to expect and leave blown away by this developed and bustling Central American City."

Here are my suggestions for the 5 things you MUST do in Panama City:

5. Hike up Ancon Hill in the Morning

Catching the breathtaking sunrise atop Ancon Hill is well worth the leisurely thirty minute hike to the summit. It is one of my favorite outdoor activities within the city. You can see both the colonial architecture of the old city and the high-rises encompassing the metropolis from atop, creating a distinct contrast between Panama’s past and its future. If you're there early in the morning, you can also catch a glimpse of exotic birds and animals out foraging for food before the noonday heat.

4. Go See the Miraflores Locks - Panama Canal

You can only appreciate the Panama Canal when you set eyes on it for yourself. The Panama Canal has a rich history and is truly a wondrous feat of modern engineering to witness. An untold number of laborers from the West Indies died during the building of the Canal and it was both the catalyst to finding a cure for yellow fever and the end of the U.S. occupation of Panama, only adding to the sacrifices made to connect the East to the West. Watching a boat navigate the deceptively simple locks is actually fascinating! The museum also boasts a simulator to see the canal from the captain’s perspective and artifacts from the era when it was being built.

3. Explore Casco Viejo

Even after almost a year here in Panama, you can often find me wandering through the the old city of to admire the colonial architecture and the beautiful views of the modern high-rises across the Panama Bay. Casco Viejo has many beautiful tree-lined plazas to rest in, unique boutiques and galleries, and old churches to visit. My favorite church is the understated Church of San Jose. Humble on the outside, the church boasts golden altars on the inside that are simply magnificent to behold. Make sure to buy a delicious paletta (gourmet popsicles made of fresh ingredients) to stay cool from Paletta America before you leave Casco.

2. Stroll the Cinta Costera at Night

The Cinta Costera - the beautiful boardwalk along Panama City's coastline that boasts outdoor exercise equipment, the giant PANAMA letters, and a host of spaces for outdoor activities - doesn’t comes alive until sundown because it’s just too darn hot out there during the day.

At night, however, you can catch lovers strolling hand-in-hand past vendors hawking raspaos (Panamanian snow cones), burgers, and cool drinks, group fitness classes, gymnasts and dancers practicing their routines, and kids zipping by on their bicycles without a care in the world.

The Cinta Costera at night is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll or to join in on group exercises classes!

Posted by Habla Ya Spanish Schools on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

It's a wonderfully communal space and a great example of urban design right alongside the ocean. If you have time, join one of the group exercise classes on the Cinta Costera that happen every week night! End your stroll at the Mercado de Mariscos where you can enjoy some ceviche and rest your feet.

Posted by Habla Ya Spanish Schools on Friday, May 6, 2016

1. Drinks at Tantalo

Casco Viejo is one of the centers of Panama City’s nightlife. Tantalo's rooftop bar is a favorite amongst Panamanian young professionals, expats, and tourists alike for its relaxed atmosphere and graceful view of the Panama. There is almost always a DJ spinning there as the night progresses, adding to the hip vibe. Grab a drink and enjoy the view and the cool night's breeze.

What’s most important is to really take in every moment in Panama City. Experience the city, the street food, and the people. Enjoy a cool raspao (Panamanian snowcone) and practice your Spanish!

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2 Responses to "Top 5 Things To NOT Miss During your Panama City Vacation"

  1. Kevin Martin says:

    Fantastico!! Estamos desando ver todos estas cuando visitamos a Panama en marso!!! :o)


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