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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
- Panamanian balboa (B/)
- Time Zone
- UTC (-05:00)
- Country Code
- 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, Panama
An amazing excursion. The captain, the crew and the other passengers made this a great excursion. The Island itself is suffering from low business after Covid, so please get off the boat and go into the town for a walk and some souvenirs. They work extra hard to make it clean. We had a delightful lunch at a little outdoor restaurant that had a delightful whole fried sea bass. A few icy cold beers and some time on the beach and we were back on the boat. The lunch they served was simple, yet tasty. Did not eat much since we ate on the Island. It is a great value for the price. Even though it is open bar and music it is great for kids (families) The net on the back of the boat will be a hit with the kids. *side note. The boat is SUPER clean and they follow all covid protocols. Very impressed with how efficient the whole tour was.
Santiago was awesome young man to talk to and learn all about the city. He was very specific with dates and information, which made him all the more enjoyable. He asked me where a d what I wanted in my tour and proceeded to accomplish just that goal. Santiago was pleasant and witty. He also offered recommendations to different locales to visit and explore for the rest of rhe time I will be here. I highly recommend Santiago to anyone who wants an authentic tour and a wealth of knowledge on how to navigate Panama! I will do it again when I return just to send another few hours in a different part of the city with his expertise.
We really enjoyed our trip with a local guide Mario. Mario is very knowledgeable and kept us informed and entertained all day long. The trip was supposed to last for 6 hours but it took nearly 8 hours which is plus. The only downside was the lunchtime. There's a lunch included but we went for lunch at 6pm. Not a big deal if you know this upfront and bring some snack with you. Looking forward to another tour with Mario. Thanks
We thoroughly enjoyed our excursion. Alejandro was an excellent guide. We saw different types of monkeys and even a sloth (which is not typical, we were told). Family friendly. Road was terrible, but the tour can't control that!
Excellent organized, english punctuality, excellent trip! I'd like to thank again to my guide, very well informed and disposed to share the information.