Things to do in Panama City

Top Things to Do in Panama City

Things to Do in Panama City

Top Attractions in Panama City


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  • James Y
    Guayaquil, Ecuador51 contributions
    Second time through, this is a most fascinating place to visit. It is incredible to comprehend the amount of human effort, time, and struggle that has made this happen. Amen!
    Written 28 June 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • cicastro
    Iquique, Chile129 contributions
    Great place to visit, walk and enjoy
    Walking the streets and visiting the places and bounding here is a great experience, looks clean and safe. nice buildings and friendly people.
    Written 30 June 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Rafael F
    Panama City, Panama23 contributions
    For starters, admissions is US$10. Not sure we're this process come from. The museum was mostly closed due to pandemic restriction. Amazing experience. Must do when in Panama. There is public transportation for $0.50 if you're really on the budget, but Uber is the best way of going around in Panama. And remember: avoid taxis.
    Written 21 June 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • John J
    Playa Coronado, Panama18 contributions
    The metro system is great. I prefer it to busses because the trains avoid the congestion caused by all the cars and the problems caused by traffic accidents. I last travelled from the Albrook station to the Corredor Sur station to get to the airport. Easy transfer without leaving the station from Metro 1 to Metro 2 at San Miguelito.
    Written 29 June 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Marcia H
    Panama130 contributions
    This place is amazing! Something for everyone, from restaurants, hotel, bike/running path, yatch club. The view is spectacular from several angles, and spots.
    Written 6 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Don R
    Salem, MA52 contributions
    Unlike the canal transit tour, this is not necessarily a cannot miss tour, but worth the investment. We were able to see a couple of sloths, a variety of bird species and at least 2 - 3 species of monkeys. The captain broutght the boat close enough at one point where the monkeys were climbing on the roof of our tour boat - pretty funny. Unlike the canal transit tour, we stopped at the MiraFlores locks museum and viewing area which provided the finishing touches for my canal experience.
    Written 25 June 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • PuffyTracy
    Allen, TX19 contributions
    The Cinta Costera is a great thing to experience while you're in Panama City. The scenery is very nice and if you're a people watcher, you get to see a wide assortment of locals and tourists. We did it late on a Friday afternoon so while it was humid, it was somewhat overcast and we didn't have the sun beating down on us. We had a taxi drop us off at the PANAMA sign and then we walked back towards our hotel so I think we did maybe half of it. I highly recommend it for any visitors to Panama City. The one issue that you should be aware of is what confronted us; we got started on our walk and my wife felt nature's call. While there are public bathrooms located along the path, we found out that these were not only closed but locked shut. Apparently, the local authorities decided to do that for some reason. We were able to get a tip from a local vendor to cross Avenida Balboa and ask to use the bathroom at the Children's Hospital which we did. It's hard for my gringo mind to fathom why Panamanian authorities have done this at such a popular tourist attraction but that is the current state of affairs. Plan accordingly to avoid any uncomfortableness!
    Written 3 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • tyagi
    New York City, NY382 contributions
    Designated bike lane next to the pedestrian lane. Great to run, walk, or ride along the ocean. Many shady places, with benches to stop and enjoy the views.
    Written 9 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • penandpalate
    Puerto Vallarta, Mexico201 contributions
    Designed by international celebrity architect Frank Gerhy, The Biomuseo educates and celebrates the importance of the Isthmus of Panama to the bio diversity of the Western Hemisphere. Its unique design of semi-open overlapping roof panels funnels sea breezes cooling without the need for A/C .
    Written 26 June 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • ajnavy04
    Denver, CO212 contributions
    Standard Western style shopping mall. Has all the big brands and a large food court. This is one of the largest malls on earth, so if malls are your thing, this is worth a visit.
    Written 16 May 2022
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  • Mademoiselle
    Liege, Belgium42 contributions
    The longest way is the best one (1h +-) for animals cause i heard 5 monkeys in 16h! The access of the park is +- easy by bus from Albrook Mal!
    Written 2 September 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN1,446 contributions
    Gatun Lake was created by the flooding of the area by the Chagres River during the construction of the Panama Canal and is where ships traverse after going through the locks at each end of the Canal. There are many tour operators that offer trips to Gatun Lake and Monkey Island. I had a good experience with Safe Transportation and their Monkey Island and Panama Canal Eco Tour. I had a terrific guide who was very knowledgeable and was a great communicator. On the 4-hour tour, we stopped along the canal at the Pedro Miguel Locks and then continued to Gatun Lake on a speedboat. In addition to seeing the wildlife on Monkey Island, this is also an opportunity to get close to several container ships as they make their way between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

    On the way to Gatun Lake, we made a brief stop at the Pedro Miguel Locks for some viewing of ships as they navigate the canal. After hopping on a small speedboat, we headed out on Gatun Lake and to Monkey Island. Our guide knew several spots to find the monkeys and we had a couple different species including the white-faced capuchin monkeys climbing onto our boat enjoying taking the food that we offered from our hands. We additionally saw and heard some howler monkeys and spotted a crocodile. Getting close up to the huge container ships in the lake was pretty cool as well. 4 hours was plenty of time needed to enjoy this experience.
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • lizakq
    Naguabo1,058 contributions
    I'm not one to go to malls that much but I can say this one is pretty big and with lots of high quality stores. It didn't feel crowded.
    Written 9 April 2022
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN1,446 contributions
    I visited the portion of Soberania National Park that includes the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center and Pipeline Road. It is about a 30-40 min taxi/Uber from Panama City. The Discovery Center has several trails to hike along with a tower that you can climb that takes you to above the canopy of the jungle and a hummingbird exhibit. Hearing the howler monkeys in the early morning was cool. Ran into a troupe of capuchin monkeys which made the effort and cost of coming out here all worth it but I was a bit disappointed that we didn't see more wildlife. It may have been better had I hired a guide. Pipeline Road in the unpaved road that connects the Discovery center to the main road. It is regarded as one of the premier bird watching areas in Central America. However, you really need to spend the money and hire a guide and come here in the early morning hours to fully experience. Unless you drive yourself, make sure you arrange for your driver to stay so that they can drive you back to the city. There is no cell service or taxis available here. Better yet, invite your driver to join you on the hike as "guides" get in free at the Discovery Center. Also, the 2-mile unpaved Pipeline road that leads to the Discovery Center is an incredibly narrow treacherous drive filled with rocks, potholes and tree branches. I was certain my driver's compact car was going to end up with a flat tire or broken axle. You really should have a SUV with high clearance if driving here.
    Written 24 May 2022
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  • Bruce A
    Washington DC, DC729 contributions
    We did this at 9 AM on our first full day in Panama and I do recommend it. The site is not that big. The old cathedral is by far the top attraction: by walking up to the tippy-top you get a great view of both the site itself and modern Panama City. The other buildings are in far worse shape: many are just a few rows of bricks sticking out of the ground. Angkor Wat this is not.

    But what really makes this sight is the abundance of NATURAL beauty. We saw big iguanas, small yellow finches, and even a pair of nesting vultures. There were also leafcutter ants everywhere. Some of the plant life growing in and out of the ruins was also beautiful. Man has abandoned this site but nature has given it new life.
    Written 17 April 2022
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