Panama City Travel Guide
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- 68%Business Travelers
- 68%Local Culture
- 68%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 68%Family Travelers
- 68%Green Travelers
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- Panama CityMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Jun 30, 2014
The economic discrepancy between locals and tourists is palpable. It can be disheartening at times to see the local culture driven out and American developments taking over. The locals are a bit abrasive to tourist, especially americans. Very popular nightlife in the city, however. Rich and relevant history, plus very cheap food bump it up to 3 stars.Recommended for:
- Panama CityApr 28, 2013
Panama City is an amazing city!! You must climb ancon hill (cerro ancon) - you can take a taxi and ask the driver to wait for you. The view from the top of the hill IS spectacular - you can see the colonial quarter of the city - Casco Viejo - as well as the new skyscrapers and the canal. If you have the time, you should also walk around the alleys of Casco Viejo and visit the cathedral, as well as other beautiful churches, the canal museum, and the president's residence.
- Panama CityDec 12, 2012
I am a city dweller so I always have a great time when I visit and explore a new city. Panama City is no different. It's not incredibly large, but it's certainly bustling. The people are friendly and the food is good. What more can you want? Oh, and cabs here are incredibly cheap if you do it right.
- Panama CityMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 5Dec 11, 2012
We are so impressed by the affluence and modernization that are displayed by the beautiful skyscrapers yet, there are parts of town that still retains its more humble roots. Panama City has it all: modern, traditional, humble, and luxury.
- Panama CityMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9Nov 27, 2012
Amazing city! Great buildings and culture. Must go to the fish market and get fresh ceviche! You can get any kind of seafood inexpensive. Be careful however one side of the road is very touristy and safe and then literally across the road is the ghetto. Must see the old town, mall, and fish market
- Panama CityMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Nov 07, 2012
Very young feeling city. It actually feels a bit like Miami. You can still see much of the lingering influence of effective U.S. occupation of much of the city and the canal area, which gives Panama City a unique feel in latin america. The city is growing rapidly and there seems to be a lot of enthusiasm and optimism in the city.
- Panama CitySep 22, 2012
Panama City is a mix of old world and new world and of course the Panama Canal. A great place to go for both site seeing and a decent party vibe.
When speaking with the natives / taxi drivers, the old world is driven primarily by its history as a trading port (one of Spain's first - Spanish Conquistadores used this city as a launching pad against the Incans). One of the old world characters that is discussed is Captain Henry Morgan (Yes, Captain Morgan's rum) who sacked the city in 1670s. Branded a Pirate by the Spanish / local Panamanians and a knight by the English - go figure. If you find this character interesting, you would be inclined to visit Panama's war ruins and Panama Viejo (the city that he sacked). The city's old world architecture (Casco Viejo) is fun to see if you never seen 17th century architecture...although you better see it now since they are in the process of "updating" many of its buildings and roads...which in my opinion will render the place looking like pirates of the caribbean at Disneyland.
The new world is cosmopolitan. Behemoth skylines being constructed by internationals (for example, Donald Trump was building a new tower in 2011). The hotels are trendy as are its nightclubs. The culture reminds one of Miami - dress to impress. However, compared to other trendy metropolitan cities; it's more show than go in my opinion. But a fun city regardless.
The outdoor activities leave a lot to be desired and are a trek from the city. If you want to do these kind of activities...I would suggest not being in Panama City.
- Panama CityMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFoodiesSep 13, 2012
I had a great time in Panama City. I was mainly there to see the canal and the Bridge of the Americas. I have a thing for major geographical features, and crossing the Pacific side of the canal satisfied that.
- Panama CityJul 03, 2014
Panama city is known as "The Center of the World and Heart of the Universe!" Modern, vibrating, a rich melting pot of diversity and rich in its own culture. A must visit, not just another city, bathed by the Pacific and Atlantic, people are warm and friendly, making you feel at home!
- Panama CityMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 05, 2012
Central America's capital of international finance, called by locals the “Dubai of the Americas”. At the crossroads of two oceans and two continents, Panama City is a dynamic tropical metropolis full of foreign investors talking shop in upscale cafes, expat fortune-seekers toasting their fates in wine bars, cranes stalking the rooftops of a skyline that seems to grow before your eyes.
The more modern areas of the city have many high-rise buildings, which together form a very dense skyline. There are currently more than 110 high-rise projects being constructed, with 127 high-rise buildings already built. The city holds the 40th place in the world by highrise buildings count.
- Panama CityFirst to ReviewJul 05, 2012
Unlike any other city in Central America. It was one of my last places to stop on my 2 month journey and I found the sky scrappers, the a/c malls and movie theaters of the new town very reminiscent of America (which I appreciated.) Don't like finding the USA in Central America? Cool, stay in the old town and explore dilapidated colonial buildings and views of the harbor. This is one of the coolest cities for its diversity of things to do and an incredible mix of old and new!
- Panama CityJul 04, 2012
I give the City a #4 just because of the traffic these days--hard to get around for appointments. The City though has lots to see and do: Can visit the ruins of Panama Viejo, shopping, just taking a walk on Balboa Avenue is neat--can see the Bay of Panama and ships anchored there, waiting to transit the canal. There are casinos in all the hotels and entertainment--you can meet Panamanians who enjoy a drink and socializing with their friends--dancing is a sport in Panama and the dance floor is packed.
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