This page has some brief descriptions of what you can see around Panama City, with links to further information here or to other websites.

Amador Causeway

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Fantastic view of the city across the water, lots of bars and restaurants. The Causeway is in the process of being expanded at the time of writing, with an estimated completion date of March 2017. The Causeway is being widened to four traffic lanes (two in each direction) and dedicated observation points and public facilities have been constructed. The new convention centre (currently under construction) is expected to be completed by 2018. A new cruise ship terminal on Isla Perico is being proposed. Bus, taxi, walk, or rent bikes. Amador Causeway

Bridge of the Americas

Bridge of the Americas

Spans the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. Bridge of the Americas

Ancon Hill

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Another place for a view of the city and possible animal sightings – drive or walk up there. Ancon Hill

Miraflores Locks

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Large visitor centre, museum, and terrace where you can watch the ships. Get there on the HOHO, $15 (approximately) in a taxi, or on the local bus.

Casco Antiguo (Canal Museum)

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Refer to our website section all about this area, or go the Casco Viejo website.

Panama Viejo

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The original site of Panama City from 1519. A few old ruins with limited information available. The museum is quite good, but otherwise a drive-by on the HOHO is almost enough.

ACP administration building

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Contains four murals that depict various aspects of the building of the Panama Canal. ACP Administration

Balboa

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The Panama Canal Zone was an unincorporated territory of the United States from 1903 to 1979. Balboa was an important town at the Pacific end of the Canal, housing the administrative centre.

Old Balboa High School (library)

A little-known collection of photographs and memorabilia from the canal construction days is contained within the old Balboa High School.

Biodiversity Museum

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On the Causeway at the Pacific end of the Canal. Frank Gehry’s first design for Latin America contains exhibitions that mainly revolve around the idea of Panama’s biodiversity.  The BioMuseo website

Chinese Monument

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On the west side of the Bridge of the Americas, a monument dedicated to the Chinese community which has resided in Panama for more than 150 years.

Punta Culebra Nature Center

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Punta Culebra is a small island on the Causeway run by the Smithsonian Institute. It has a nature trail where you should see sloths and maybe anteaters and raccoons, a touching pool with sea cucumbers and starfish, turtle and shark pools, and a frog exhibit. Website

Parque Metropolitano

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If you want to really work up a sweat, this is a jungle park right in the city with some nice walking trails. Plenty of animals (usually sloths and monkeys), and a magnificent view of the city when you finally make it to the top of the hill. More information or the official Website

Centro Municipal de Artesanías Panameñas

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Small souvenir market close to Ancon Hill. Most of the stands are owned by Kuna women, who are often sewing molas as they wait for customers.

Mi Pueblito

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Mock village depicting three Panamanian cultures: Afro-Caribbean, the interior region, and indigenous groups.

Fishmarket

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The Mercado del Marisco was donated by the Japanese government. There are impressive market displays of local fish and seafood, and restaurants and ceviche stalls all around. It is located close to Casco Antiguo.

Albrook Mall

The largest mall in Central America, it claims anywhere up to 700 shops. Easy to get to as it is the central bus and train terminal for the city and beyond. The website is in Spanish but Google translate fixes that.

Panaviera Bar at Sun Casino (Trump Tower)

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Panaviera is located on the 66th floor of the Sun Casino in Trump Ocean Club and offers stunning city and ocean views.