Panama’s capital and largest city, Panama City, is a concentration of modern high-rise towers rising up from a surrounding tropical rainforest. A vibrant, cosmopolitan city made prosperous by the development of the Panama Canal, Panama City is a popular travel destination.
While a visit to the city’s most famous attraction, the Panama Canal, ranks at the top of most sightseeing itineraries, exploring the cobblestone streets and colonial buildings of the historic quarter, Casco Viejo, is also a must-do. Balboa Avenue is the gateway to the modern district with its skyscrapers, monuments, shopping and entertainment. A stroll or bike ride along the Amador Causeway is a great place to watch ships passing in the Panama Canal as well as enjoy views of the bay, the city skyline and the Bridge of the Americas.
Boutiques, malls and markets all offer the latest trends in shopping as well as traditional handicrafts. Museums showcase the city’s rich history and indigenous cultures. Located within the city, the Metropolitan Nature Park is a large forest area that is ideal for enjoying the beautiful outdoors and wildlife.
Being home to a diversity of ethnic cultures provides Panama City with a wide array of cuisines and restaurants that range from sandwich shops and cafes to upscale establishments. Local dishes to try are bluefin tuna sushi, Panama ceviche and churros (a deep-fried pastry sprinkled with sugar). From salsa bars to discos and chic nightclubs, the city’s nightlife scene is also plentiful. Panama City is known for its traffic jams, so the best ways to get around the city are by taxis, bus and the new metro system.