Panama City (Panama)

Panama City Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Matthew Straubmuller

The old and the shiny new

Panama City lies at the entrance of the Panama Canal
The main center of commerce in the region with a spectacular skyline
But there's more: old Panama (Casco Viejo), great nightlife and shopping

For some reason we never quite realised how impressive the skyline of Panama City had become. This Central American city, at the entrance of the Panama canal and in the midst of thick rainforest, would not look out of place somewhere in the US, the United Arab Emirates or (South-) East Asia.

Yet it is not, as this center of commerce and high finance lies firmly at the heart of Central America. And what a steamy, bustling Central American city Panama is. The skyline may be massive and the high-end shopping may be done around the banking district and adjacent Paitilla, but that obscures the fact that the heart of the city (which was founded in 1519) can be found across the bay with the Casco Viejo with its white cathedral, atmospheric narrow streets and old colonial houses. In the evening this is the place to be for great restaurants, nightlife or just a casual stroll with ocean views. The area has UNESCO World Heritage Status.

Of course a visit to Panama is not complete without a visit to the Panama Canal at the Miraflores Visitor Center. [Review by travelindicator]


Key info

  • Panama City is a city in Panama's region of Panama. It has a population of 880,691, is situated at an altitude of 39ft and the best airport to fly into is PTY (Tocumen International, Panama City)
  • The currency used in Panama is the Panamanian balboa (PAB)

Panama City Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
91 93 95 95 95 93 93 93 91 91 91 91

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
1.1 0.4 0.5 2.6 8.9 9.3 6.7 8.7 10 13 9.9 4.1

More Panama City travel resources

Start out with the guys at Lonely Planet why don't you. Next up is the NY Times who write about how to spend 36 hours here. Fodor's writes about 5 must-do activities in Panama (minus the City, but still) while Panama Info has a fairly complete list of the city's attractions.


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