Panama City: where to stay in Panama and what to do

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What to see in Panama City

Among the most famous attractions in Panama City, a visit to the canal certainly stands out, but it is not the only one, below I list a series of things to see in a stay in Panama City:

The Panama Canal

It is an artificial passage that crosses the Isthmus of Panama, between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

The best place to see the passage of ships are the Locks of Miraflores.


Ancon Hill

This hill is the highest point of PanamĂĄ City, a real tropical forest with an incredible view of the city, from here you can observe the canal and the Casco Viejo.


Amador Causeway

Created by the US Army to protect the canal entrance, this strip of land unites the mainland with 3 small islands: Naos, Perico and Flamenco.

It is now a tourist attraction for walking or cycling, with restaurants, hotels and shopping galleries.

Old

Historic colonial neighborhood and cultural jewel of Panama City, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

The area, which in some ways can remind us of Habana Vieja, is regaining its ancient charm thanks to a renovation work still in progress, and is transforming into a more refined area with museums, bars, clubs and restaurants.

Central Avenue

It is a commercial street populated mainly by locals, full of shops where you can find typical Panamanian items, food, electronics, clothing and jewelry.

Coastal Ribbon

The “Cinta Costera” is an avenue along the Panamá Bay, where you can stroll among palm trees, spaces for running, sports fields and a spectacular view of Panama City.



Old Panama

Historical ruins of the first city founded in the Isthmus of Panama.

Via Argentina

Via Argentina is located in the famous neighborhood The crab, is a long tourist avenue characterized by large palm trees and famous for its beauty Andres Bello Park.

Via Argentina is the perfect place for a food tour, with the many restaurants offering Creole and international cuisine.

Biodiversity Museum

It is located in the building known as Bridge of Life on the Amador Causeway, designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry.

It is Gehry's first work in Latin America and was created with the aim of spreading the importance of biodiversity and telling the story of the Isthmus of Panama and its ecosystem.

Panama City was the last stop on our tour between Costa Rica and Panama. We reached the capital with an Air Panama flight departing from Bocas Del Toro.

The first thing you think about when talking about Panama City it is the canal, but I assure you that it is not the only pearl of the city. Fascinating Skylines, commercial routes, great streets that blend with the colonial soul of the Casco Viejo, are just some of the attractions of Panama City.

And if you are looking for crystal clear sea and dream islands, you will be spoiled for choice: Las Perlas, San Blas, and Bocas del Toro, they are among the most beautiful archipelagos in the world, reachable respectively in 15, 30 and 50 minutes by plane from Albrook airport.


Panama Airports

Albrook airport

The airport of Albrook, is about 6 km from the center of Panama, is one of the most important regional airports in the republic of Panama, from where internal flights depart.


Coming from Bocas del Toro we got off at this airport, from here to reach our hotel, the Riande Granada Urban Hotel, we took a taxi (15 $)

Tocumen International Airport

It is the most important airport in the state of Panama, it is located 24 km from the center of the capital, reachable in about 30 minutes by Taxi, which is the best way and costs about $ 25.

Where to Stay in Panama City

Riande Granada Urban Hotel

In Panama City we stayed at the Riande Granada Urban Hotel, located in the center, near the famous Via Argentina and on Avenida Central España.

In my opinion this hotel is the best choice where to stay in Panama, for value for money and for its location in a pleasant and safe area, with various restaurants and shops.

The rooms are very nice, modern and with flat screen TV. The hotel offers its guests a gym, an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace with Jacuzzi.

Il Riande Granada Urban Hotel it also offers a wide choice from a culinary point of view. The Solo restaurant offers a refined menu and a unique experience. I recommend booking the private table, very nice and romantic, ideal for a couple's evening.


Then there is the Biergaten, an outdoor area where you can enjoy excellent craft beers, and it Stay Lounge, elegant and refined meeting place serving wines, champagne and excellent cocktails.

The hotel staff is always friendly and helpful, and will help you organize various excursions.

VIEW OFFER RIANDE GRANADA URBAN HOTEL What to see in Panama City

Among the most famous attractions in Panama City, a visit to the canal certainly stands out, but it is not the only one, below I list a series of things to see in a stay in Panama City:


The Panama Canal

It is an artificial passage that crosses the Isthmus of Panama, between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

The best place to see the passage of ships are the Locks of Miraflores.

Ancon Hill

This hill is the highest point of PanamĂĄ City, a real tropical forest with an incredible view of the city, from here you can observe the canal and the Casco Viejo.

Amador Causeway

Created by the US Army to protect the canal entrance, this strip of land unites the mainland with 3 small islands: Naos, Perico and Flamenco.

It is now a tourist attraction for walking or cycling, with restaurants, hotels and shopping galleries.

Old

Historic colonial neighborhood and cultural jewel of Panama City, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

The area, which in some ways can remind us of Habana Vieja, is regaining its ancient charm thanks to a renovation work still in progress, and is transforming into a more refined area with museums, bars, clubs and restaurants.

Central Avenue

It is a commercial street populated mainly by locals, full of shops where you can find typical Panamanian items, food, electronics, clothing and jewelry.

Coastal Ribbon

The “Cinta Costera” is an avenue along the Panamá Bay, where you can stroll among palm trees, spaces for running, sports fields and a spectacular view of Panama City.

Old Panama

Historical ruins of the first city founded in the Isthmus of Panama.

Via Argentina

Via Argentina is located in the famous neighborhood The crab, is a long tourist avenue characterized by large palm trees and famous for its beauty Andres Bello Park.

Via Argentina is the perfect place for a food tour, with the many restaurants offering Creole and international cuisine.

Biodiversity Museum

It is located in the building known as Bridge of Life on the Amador Causeway, designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry.

It is Gehry's first work in Latin America and was created with the aim of spreading the importance of biodiversity and telling the story of the Isthmus of Panama and its ecosystem.

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