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Panama City

Thanks to its ideal location, this Central American city boasts both tropical escapes and cultural highlights.

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Top sights in Panama City

The 7 Best Sightseeing Opportunities in Panama City

A truly eclectic destination, Panama City offers all the attractions you'd expect of Latin America, and more. Tourism here means dancing between rainforests, tropical islands and cityscapes, to the beat of Salsa!

  • Panama Canal

    1. Panama Canal

    Visit the Panama Canal to learn how it has connected the world for a century. Best enjoyed with boat tours, but Panama history buffs also shouldn't miss the comprehensive museum.

  • Panamá Viejo

    2. Panamá Viejo

    Walk around the ruins and be prepared to read Spanish to enjoy the small museum. An hour or so is long enough to snap great views of the city from here on a clear day.

  • Bridge of the Americas

    3. Bridge of the Americas

    Proudly spanning the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal is this feat of engineering, completed in 1962 by the U.S. Most impressive at night during a festival, for the fireworks.

  • Ancon Hill

    4. Ancon Hill

    A hike up this lush green hillscape is rewarded with fantastic views across Panama City. Grab a tasty picnic lunch from one of the city's many food stands before you depart.

  • 5. Metropolitan Natural Park

    The two hiking trails through this beautiful park may be relatively simple underfoot, but take the heat and humidity into account. Plenty of water and regular rests are a must!

  • Biomuseo

    6. Biomuseo

    Frank Gehry's Biomuseo is a riot of color you won't be able to resist photographing! Eight galleries explore the biodiversity of the world, in a celebration of all living things.

  • Casco Viejo

    7. Casco Viejo

    This is perhaps the most charming place to see in Panama City, and a great base for exploring, with plenty to do. Walking tours are a great way to enjoy the area.

Frequently asked questions about Panama City

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Planning Your Visit

  • When should I visit?

    The high season in Panama, when the weather is most pleasant, is December to April. This period has the least rain, but can also be the busiest. Carneval, which takes place 40 days before Easter, is another popular and vibrant time to visit the city. Book accommodation well in advance and come prepared to dance!

  • Backpacking Panama

    South America is a popular destination with backpackers, who are well-served in Panama by many hostels, cheap food, and heaps of culture to explore. Visit the islands for total relaxation, and to make those working away back home very jealous.

  • Get your groove on

    Can't dance, won't dance? You haven't yet been to Panama City! Take a taxi to the three key areas of Panama City nightlife - the business district, Casca Viejo, and the Amador Causeway.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Panamanian balboa (B/)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +507
  • Best time to visit
    December to April is the busiest, but also the nicest time to visit. Known as the dry season, there will be plenty of crowds out, but also much more on offer.

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What people are saying about Panama City

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 841 reviews

Highly recommend!!!! The tour was exactly as described and the guide Cesar went above and beyond to share everything he knows about Panama history and the history of the Panama Canal. Having a guide makes all the difference! He also took me to local shops and coffee shops, so good! Panama City is amazing, I was truly impressed!

Punctual pick-up, friendly driver and guide, safe driving trip; very good boat tour with excellent explanations; Drive to the viewing platform also good as well as the small center for sloths

Great trip. Luckily the weather held. Taboga is beautiful and the trip over/back was a lot of fun. Lots of dancing and drinking.

We liked the boat tour best. But you don't run through the rainforest yourself.

Our guide was excellent and knowledgeable and very helpful!