PANAMA CITY: CENTRAL AMERICA VACATION?

More than anywhere else in Central America, Panama presents a great contradictory mixture of old and new, North America and Latin America, the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, rich and poor –  making it one of the most really exhilarating and diverse spots to visit.

I’ve planned to go on Central American Vacation for a very long time and, of course, I’d like to explore Panama. Well, I finally did it! I have to admit I didn’t know much about Panama before I arrived there, but having traveled through much of Central America, I cannot fail to mention that Panama was definitely different from its neighbors. My vacation in Panama was extremely brief, it lasts just 3 wonderful days, mainly in Panama City (I think so as I’d like to spend more time there), but my short-term travel was full of delicious food, lots of amazing photos and, best of all, I got to witness the engineering achievement of a massive cargo ship passing through the Panama Canal. So now I’m ready to share my impressions from this gorgeous trip and give you some helpful tips for visiting Panama City.

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Diablo Rojos Buses of Panama City

Where to stay in Panama City

Panama City is a great metropolis with a stunning skyline, vibrant nightlife, modern shopping malls, nearby beaches and plenty of history. By the way, it’s the most cosmopolitan capital in Central America where many worlds coexist and different cultures can be experienced. The Panamanians are extremely friendly people who always want to help. Here are the key locations where you can stay in Panama City:

  • Downtown Panama City: The best area to stay in Panama City is the downtown area. It is well-known as a tourist paradise where you can find everything for the luxury vacation like high-quality hotels (with prices from USD 120 per night) and fancy restaurants. The most popular choices are the Hard Rock Hotel, the Sheraton, Le Meridien and the Trump. Besides, it’s the main shopping area where everyone can buy what he or she wants and needs from pretty souvenirs to the best Crossfit training shoes for men or women and evening attire. The downtown area is a perfect location for tourists and business travelers as it is the safest neighborhood to stay in and it is situated extremely close to major attractions of the city.
  • El Cangrejo: El Cangrejo is located near the downtown area and offers a great variety of places to stay. Here you can find both big hotel chains and budget hotels. There are a lot of restaurants and bars to visit and it is easy to catch public transport to reach the tourist spots. Travelers often choose DoubleTree by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Riande Granada, Torres de Alba and El Panama.
  • Casco Viejo: It is Panama’s historic quarter, home to many national landmarks and ancient buildings that have been influenced by Spain, France, and Italy. It is a stunning area to walk around and feel like you have been teleported back to the 19th century. There are numerous governmental buildings, cathedrals, museums, art galleries, churches, and theatres. Here you don’t see big hotel chains, but you will find options for every budget: hostels, bed and breakfast, boutique hotels and luxury apartment rentals. Tantalo, Magnolia, Luna’s Castle Hotel are the most popular places to stay in.

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Top 10 Panama City places to visit

I`m very excited about my trip to Panama City. It is a great place with rich culture, history, tradition, art and, of course, nature. I`m sure you can`t go to Panama City and don’t visit these 10 wonderful places:

  • The Panama Canal
  • Artisan Market
  • Panama Viejo
  • Fish Market
  • Biomuseo
  • Ancon Hill
  • Isla Taboga
  • Miraflores Locks
  • Gatun Lake
  • Weil Art Gallery

Next time I hope to have more time to see more interesting places. 

Have you ever visited Panama City? Tell me about your experience below.

Xoxo Ania Travels 💜


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