Attractions in Panama City, Panama
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As the most cosmopolitan city in Central America, Panama City is truly an international crossroads – a dynamic mix of history, culture, outdoor adventure, shopping and much more.
These is our "Top 10" list of Panama City Panama Attractions …
Just 5 minutes from the hotel, visit beautiful Ancon Hill, the highest point in Panama City. The summit of the hill can be reach by a 30 - minute hike or driving up the road. Along the way you may spot wildlife – such as sloths and birds. At the top, you will have a bird-eye's view of Casco Viejo, modern Panama City and the Panama Canal. At the summit you can find a beautiful, large national flag which is a favorite for selfies.
A little bit of history, when the pirate Henry Morgan attacked Panama City in 1671, his scouts climbed Ancon Hill to gain knowledge of the local defenses.
The place to see the Canal is the Miraflores Visitor Center which is less than 10 minutes from the hotel. An outside terrace gives you close-up views of ships passing through the locks; there is also a museum with interactive exhibits.
If you’re a history buff don’t miss Panama Viejo. Founded in 1519 by the Spanish it was the first city on the West Coast of the Americas until it was attacked by the English pirate Henry Morgan in 1671 which, along with a fire, leveled the city.
It's an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003.
Bike, jog or stroll on the Causeway which was built using rocks excavated from the Panama Canal. The Causeway connects four small islands and serves as a breakwater at the entrance of the Canal. There are dazzling views of Panama City's skyline and several restaurants from which you can enjoy this view.
Located on the islands of Naos & Culebra are research labs run by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI).
Just 10 minutes from the hotel at the Balboa Yacht Club you can take a 90-minute ferry to Taboga or Contadora Islands which are part of the Pearl Islands that include over 250 small islands, most of which are uninhabited and are famous for their spectacular white sand beaches, scuba diving, marine life (whale watching) and delicate ecosystems. The biggest island is Isla Del Rey; however, Contadora Island is the most notable for tourist as it offers hotels and an Airport. Another noteworthy island is Isla Saboga, you can find traditional Island culture.
Some of the survivors series have been filmed on the Pearl Islands.
Just 5 minutes from the hotel, Panama City has the only Rainforest in the world within the city limits of a metropolis. The hike to the summit is an easy 45 minutes' walk and you can spot sloths & birds. Enjoy panoramic rainforest and city views.
Panama City's historical sector is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A stroll through Casco Viejo, the 341-year old Spanish colonial sector built in 1671 is a must-do. The area has great restaurants and is known as one hottest night life sectors in the city.
Located within 10 minutes of the hotel the Biodiversity Museum was designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry and is his only work in Latin America. The museum was designed to tell the story of how the Isthmus of Panama rose from the sea, uniting two continents and changing the planet’s biodiversity forever.
A visit to Albrook Mall, the largest shopping mall in Latin America, is a must do during your visit. The hotel is connected to the mall and you can find more than 700 stores, 100 restaurants, a 34-lane bowling alley, video arcade and a 14-screen movie theater. You can also access the Panama City Metro and International Bus Terminal.
A sightseeing cruise is a great way to enjoy the breathtaking flora and fauna surrounding Gatun Lake. Enjoy stops at Monkey Island and Sounds of Silence Island!
Bocas del Toro
Within 5 minutes of the hotel is Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport where you can catch a short flight to Bocas del Toro. This tropical postcard setting has clear sapphire water that gently laps against the shore and beaches. The island is located northwestern Panama, near the Costa Rican border; it includes more than 50 cays and 200 islets, almost any recreational water-related activity is readily available including -- surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, spearfishing, sport fishing, sailing and stand-up paddle surfing.