If you’re looking for things to do in Panama City, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re taking a cruise through the Panama Canal or fleeing to one of Panama’s opulent islands, you’ll almost certainly spend at least a day or two in Panama City. This Panama City travel guide will assist you in making the most of your visit.
Miraflores, Panama Canal
The Panama Canal is the natural choice for first-time visitors to Panama City. The Miraflores Locks, which are less than 30 minutes from downtown and make for an easy day trip, are the nearest locks to Panama City. It’s incredible to see how many people the locks still draw, and we were excited ourselves when we saw a cargo ship pass through.
The Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, is one of the Seven Industrial Wonders of the World, and it’s easy to see why when you visit the fantastic interactive Miraflores visitors center! This was not an easy river to navigate. There are two levels of viewing platforms where you may watch the ships pass by, as well as a museum dedicated to the Panama Canal. It is without a doubt the best thing to do in Panama City.
A stroll through Panama City’s ancient town is a must-do for anyone visiting the city. The historic core of Panama City, Casco Viejo (Old Town), is being restored to its former splendour. Casco Viejo, which dates back to 1673, is worth taking a tour of to learn about the area’s buildings, cathedrals, and history.
Panama City’s historic core is a must-see. It reminded us of Havana’s old town, and I can see it becoming just as lovely in a few years as hotels and companies turn the decaying remains into boutique hotels. This 2-hour walking tour takes you through the old district, where you’ll visit popular tourist sights including the San Francisco de Asis and San José churches, the Panama waterfront, and Spanish, French, and early American architecture.
Plaza De Francia
Visit Plaza de Francia while you’re in Casco Viejo. Plaza de Francia, often known as The French Plaza, is a memorial to the 22,000 laborers who died while building the Panama Canal. The Instituto Nacional de Cultura (National Institute of Culture), which contains a theater and cultural activities, is located here. The sculptures and tablets commemorate the French contribution to the Panama Canal’s construction.