Often dubbed the “Miami of the South,” Panama City abounds in fine dining, nightclubs and highrises. Its historic centre does not go unnoticed either: Casco Viejo remains a highly visited neighbourhood, due to its charming colonial architecture and cobblestone streets. Just 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre lie 2 major attractions: the Panama Canal and the rainforest of Metropolitan National Park.
Enjoy an evening at an authentic Panama City folkloric show, which features local dancers and acoustic music. Marvel at the intricately decorated "polleras," long skirts worn by the women as they dance the night away. This folkloric show and dinner provides you with an enriched cultural experience and a fun night out!
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour and visit the most important sites and landmarks of Panama. Tour both the historical and modern areas of Panama City and visit the world-famous Panama Canal, whose impressive system of locks continues to fascinate visitors. Choose between a half-day or full-day tour.
Visit Portobelo Bay, on Panama's northern coast, and dive into the historic waters surrounding Sir Francis Drake Island. The water in Portobelo Bay is crystal clear and offers an abundance of marine life. On this exciting day trip from Panama City, you'll enjoy a two-tank dive while you keep an eye out for the lost coffin of Sir Francis Drake!
Discover nature from the sky and ground on this unique eco-tour from Panama City. Ride on the rainforest aerial tram and ascend 280 feet (85 meters) to the Gamboa observation tower for a bird's-eye view of the humid forest. Then, head over to the exhibition area for an up-close and personal look at a variety of animals before visiting a model Indian village. What are you waiting for? A true Panamanian cultural and ecological experience awaits!
See for yourself how the Panama Canal works as you transit the Miraflores Locks, one of three locks used along the canal. The construction of the canal was one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken at the time, and it made an enormous impact on shipping in the region. This is an amazing sightseeing cruise not to be missed!
Visit Parque Natural Metropolitano and Ancon Hill on a guided half-day tour from Panama City. The closest national park to Panama City, this tropical forest is home to an abundance of different plants and animals, including sloths and monkeys. Explore the park with your knowledgeable guide and learn about the native flora and fauna. Then, visit Ancon Hill, the highest point in the Panama City area, and take in unbeatable views of the forest below.
Discover the underwater world of Panama on a scuba-diving tour from Panama City. Enjoy a day on the water at two dive locations with your expert guide. First, explore the famous Panama Canal; then, discover an underwater jungle at nearby Gatun Lake. With all scuba diving equipment, lunch and round-trip hotel transportation included, this convenient tour is perfect for experienced diving enthusiasts.
Explore Soberania National Park on a day trip from Panama City. Located on the banks of the Panama Canal, this tropical forest is full of a large variety of plants and animals. Your expert guide will teach you about the biodiversity of plants and wildlife in Panama as you spot toucans, woodpeckers, eagles and more. This exciting day trip is a great way to experience Panama's immense natural beauty.
Experience Panama City on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour! From the Miraflores locks to the tall skyscrapers of Panama City, this tour shows you all the best of this capital city. Hop off the open-top bus at any of the stops around the city including the Miraflores locks, Isla Flamingo, the Biomuso, Parque Urraca and more.
A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians visiting Panama City. The passport should be valid for at least the expected duration of stay in the country. For all other nationalities, consult your consulate or tourist board for details. You can also visit http://www.voyage.gc.ca/ for up-to-date information.
Most shops are open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The official currencies are the US Dollar and the Balboa.
Banks are generally open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Some banks open on Saturdays have reduced hours of operation. There are several major chains and branches of all banks and ATMs are available throughout the city. Major credit cards are very widely accepted.
Most hotel and restaurant bills include a service charge. Make sure you check the bill to avoid tipping twice. Where a service charge is not included in a restaurant, or for a taxi driver, tour guide or other service provider, it is customary to leave a tip of 10-15% of the bill.
110V, same as Canada.