15 Apr 2013 - 30 May 2013
In commemoration of the Fifth Centennial of the Discovery of the South Sea, the first Biennial of the South in Panama 2013 "Summoning Worlds" has begun, an international project that aims to incorporate the cultural agenda in this country in order to stimulate cultural development and promote new trends in the visual arts.
Hola! Bienvenido to Panama City!
Panama City is Central America's most cosmopolitan capital, and on par with any internationally renowned city in terms of business amenities, entertainment, tourist attractions and nightlife. Downtown Panama City reeks of style and pizzazz, chock-a-block with sleek office towers and Panama City hotels, and trendy bars and restaurants that offer an array of world cuisines. It is also the location of the world famous canal where the Americas intersect and an exciting, offbeat destination for international travellers.
Panama is still an undiscovered destination. If you yearn for adventure and seek new experiences, this is the place for you. From enjoying the bright lights of Panama City to bicycling through a rainforest, or sampling local seafood, Panama has plenty of surprises in store.
Nightlife in Panama City thrives with bars, restaurants and casinos; the city sleeps late. During the weekends, many places remain open all night. Except for small pubs, the majority of bars also function as Panama City restaurants. It's a well-heeled, sophisticated clientele that patronises these establishments, so do be prepared to step out in style!
There are also a large number of great value Panama City hotels for those who do want to catch some sleep whilst on their Panama City tour. Hotels in Panama City offer excellent value, some providing facilities and amenities well above what might be expected for the cost. You can also use our Panama City map to choose your hotel in Panama City based on its location.
If you can get away from the bright lights, the city outskirts offer a number of tourist attractions. First place must naturally be awarded to the Panama Canal, without which a tour in Panama City is incomplete. No wonder that the Canal has been called the ‘eighth wonder of the world'. Its superb engineering design continues to fascinate even today. This is a day trip, and you'll be amply rewarded if you organise your Panama Canal tour in time to view a vessel transit. Along the Canal's 80 km length, you can take in several other interesting sights. For shutterbugs, there are enough vantage points along the stretch to fill an album with some truly inspired photographs.
Less than an hour from the downtown area, pristine rainforests and palm-lined beaches beckon. When you've had enough of urban bustle, head for these attractions to unwind and be one with Nature.
Give yourself sufficient time to absorb the many facets of this most fascinating capital. While Spanish is the official language, you won't be lost, since English usage is widespread, particularly in the banking and tourism industries. Panama is an ethnic pot pourri. The majority of the population is made of mixed Spanish and Indian descent (mestizo). Others are descendants of Spanish, Chinese, Indian and West Indian peoples. This eclectic blend of cultures has given rise to rich craft traditions as is evident from the colourful, hand made women's costumes known as Mola, Tagua palm nut carvings, woven baskets made by Wounaan and Embera Indians, Cocobolo hardwood carvings and local pottery.
Historically, Panama has always been a shortcut for travellers headed elsewhere. The Spaniards found it useful to take back treasures looted from Peru. During the Gold Rush, prospectors would use it to board a train to California. And of course, even today, the world's cargo ships and cruise liners find the Canal the quickest way to move between oceans. However, those who take the time to explore Panama City will be well rewarded with lively dining and nightlife, and an impressive choice of activities to fill your days and nights. Choose a quality Panama City Hotel, take a locally run Panama City tour and enjoy all the sites this cosmopolitan city has to offer!
From: USD 88
The Suites Ambassador Apart Hotel offers chic rooms in the heart of Panama City's downtown El Cangrejo plus a rooftop swimming pool for relaxing afternoons. Their boutique hotel-style rooms are spacious and comfortable with free internet and equipped kitchenettes. For everything they offer, it's a great value for the money.[more info]
From: USD 66
The Baru Lodge, in the residential area of El Carmen near Via Espana, is a very cozy bed and breakfast hotel close enough to the city's shopping mall, restaurants and bars but still maintains itself as a retreat where you can escape to their garden and relax after a hectic day spent in the center of Panama.[more info]
From: USD 93
The Albrook Inn is a quaint motel and nice bed and breakfast in a quiet residential area of the former Canal Zone. Close to the Albrook mall, bus terminal, domestic Marcos A. Gelabert airport and train station make it ideal for guests arriving or leaving Panama or just want to be close to downtown Panama City but not stay in a hotel there.[more info]
From: USD 50
Ivan's Bed and Breakfast is a good choice if you want to explore the rainforest and the surroundings of Panama City. Well located in Gamboa, this small family-run hotel offers a peaceful environment close to bird watching spots - the famous Soberania National Park and Pipeline Road. [more info]
From: USD 158
The modern and elegant Radisson Decapolis Hotel in downtown Panama City seeks to be different and stand out from the crowd boasting a young, energetic, social atmosphere.
Large stylish rooms, friendly employees - all in a great location adjacent to Multicentro Mall and Majestic Casino and near the business and financial centers with views of the Pacific Ocean.[more info]
From: USD 130
The JW MARRIOTT ex Bristol Buenaventura Hotel has been featured in the ‘Leading Hotels of the World' magazine.
You will be impressed by the elegance, impeccable service, and the comfort of the rooms. It offers all that a traveller would expect in a luxury hotel- incomparable service, exquisite decor, luxurious facilities, excellent restaurants and a setting in one of Panama's most exclusive beach communities.
Special Offer JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort [Valid from 11 Apr 2013 to 19 Dec 2013]
From: USD 126
The Gamboa Rainforest Resort Hotel is located in an exceptional setting near the Panama Canal and Soberania National Park providing a variety of opportunities to experience nature and wildlife - for couples or the entire family. Exploring the lush rainforest is easy with all attractions and tours on the property or only minutes away.[more info]
From: USD 150
The Hotel DeVille is an elegant boutique hotel in the heart of Panama City's financial banking area with many restaurants, art galleries and businesses nearby. Designed with the executive traveler in mind, each of the 33 spacious suites features luxurious furniture, modern technology, security and professional service.[more info]
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White-Face Cappuccino Monkeys, Howler Monkeys, Caymans and numerous bird species are the main attractions of this nature boat trip. It is a splendid way of discovering the Panama Canal and more especially, the Gatun Lake. Join us![more info]
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Enjoy an unforgettable cultural experience with an indigenous community that lives in harmony with nature.[more info]
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The best way to experience the Panama Canal and its history is through a partial transit on board the Pacific Queen. Canal Partial Transit starts at 10.00 am and finishes around 2.00 pm, depending on the canal traffic.[more info]
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Do not miss the opportunity to visit the colonial wonders of Panama City. This tour offers the opportunity for travellers to discover the archaeological site of Panama La Vieja and the historic district of Casco Viejo, recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.[more info]
Hello from Panama!
Meet your local connection in Panama City, Sandrine and the hardworking team of Tucaya Panama! We offer an extensive range of eco-friendly excursions, lovely accommodations and plenty of local tips you can't find elsewhere. We are proud to be a part of whl.travel and promote responsible tourism in our incredible destination. Send any comments or questions about your travels our way![more]