New: our handy printable
"cheat sheet" with
a list of attractions, places to eat, and things to do.
The (Amador) Causeway
Nice views of the canal and the city, great place
for a long walk or bike rental, especially during sunset and sunrise
(since there is not much tree cover). Lots of happening bars and
restaurants all along the road or at the complex at the end.
El Casco Viejo (old historical district)
The original Spanish architecture city, with cathedrals (San Francisco
de Asis, La Catedral Nacional), plazas, cobblestone streets. The
Presidential Palace is located here. At the tip is a large plaza
and fort dedicated to the French Canal builders with nice views.
Walk it during the day, or visit one of the restaurants or cafés
at night (but be careful not to stray to far).
Large resort located overlooking the Canal, they have a canopy
tram, lizard and butterfly nursery exhibits, and have bird-watching,
eco-tours, kayaking, etc.
The Panama Canal
Visitor's Center with tours and exhibits located at the Miraflores
- The Marbella district contains the most number of bars and restaurants
over several city blocks. . It is 2 or 3 blocks from the Marriott
hotel and about 5-6 from the Radisson. Moods and Next are two of
the most happening ones.
- The Amador Causeway also has a quite a lot of bars and restaurants.
The newer clubs are Pahyá and Play.
- Casinos are open 24-hours at the Marriott, Radisson, Ceasar Park
Hotels and will often have live music.
- The Casco Viejo has plaza-side cafes and small clubs.
- The area near the Panama Hotel which has a large casino and club
itself, has a near it a few bars, restaurants.
Replica park of several typical towns throughout Panama. The replica
houses are very authentically and well done. It is of course a small
theme-park so a bit cheesy, though it's a good place to get souvenirs
Barro Colorado Island
A mountain that became an island after the construction of the
canal, hosts a Smithsonian research center. Very nice hiking with
lots of wildlife. Tour guide required.