things to do in panama?
what can a group of 21 years olds do in panama city?
- SeryanLv 510 years agoFavorite Answer
Things to do in Panama
Go back to the future with a stroll through the cobblestone alleys of
Casco Viejo, a colonial-era neighborhood frequented by snow-cone vendors.
Abandoned by the city's elite in the 1950's, the area became a squatters'
slum. In recent years, however, artists, professionals and snowbirds have
turned skid row into real estate gold. Among the prominent residents is
Rubén Blades, the musician and actor who is now the country's minister
of tourism. Take a taxi to the Plaza de Francia, at the peninsula's tip.
From there, you can walk to the Golden Altar at the San Jose Church
(Avenida A and Calle 8a Este), one of the few treasures that wasn't
ransacked by Henry Morgan, the pirate captain, in 1671; the heron-
infested presidential palace (Avenida 4 and Calle Eloj); and the slick
if encyclopedic Interoceanic Canal Museum (Plaza de la Independencia,
After wilting in the tropical heat, grab a cold Atlas beer at La Casona
de las Brujas (Plaza Herrera), one of the trendy lounges and cafes that
have sprung up in Casco Viejo. This one has a raw gallery upfront
(photographs of local artisans were recently on display), and a concrete
garden out back, lending it a transitional East Berlin flavor that goes
well with the artsy crowd. Guitar bands take over a makeshift stage
at night, playing a brash mix of "rock de Panamá."
For Panamanian cooking (similar to Cuban with a lot of seafood), try
Tinajas Restaurant (22 Calle 51, 507-263-7890) in El Cangrejo, the
central banking district. National staples like corbina ceviche,
jumbo shrimps in coconut sauce and ropa vieja, spicy
shredded beef over rice, are served accompanied by live folkloric
dancing in a homey atmosphere. The costumed dance begins at 9 p.m.
on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Like South Beach in Miami, Panama City has its share of velvet ropes,
although the lower model quotient provides for less attitude. Many
doors don't open until 11 p.m., so for a pre-club cocktail drop by the
Martini Bar at the Radisson Decapolis Hotel (Avenida Balboa,
507-215-5000) and watch the city's peacocks preen on bright
orange sofas. After a martini or two, many head to
nearby Calle Uruguay, where there are no fewer than a dozen hot
spots catering to straights, gays, punks and fashionistas. At Moods
(Calle 48 and Calle Uruguay, 507-263-4923), the stiletto-heeled and
open-collared party goers grind their hips to Panamanian reggae until dawn.
Suppress your urge for an Egg McMuffin and nurse your hangover at
El Trapiche (Vía Argentina, 507-269-4353), a busy diner in El Cangrejo,
for a hearty breakfast of carimañola, a savory roll made of mashed yucca
and stuffed with ground beef and boiled eggs, and a side of corn tortillas,
which look more like silver-dollar pancakes than taco shells. The bill should
come to under $8, even with a second café con leche.
No trip to Panama City is complete without a visit to the Panama Canal.
Instead of standing around in your fanny pack, have lunch at the Miraflores
Locks, the southernmost of three sets of water elevators that fill and
drain as ships wend their way between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
by way of the Caribbean Sea. Just five miles from the city's center,
the Miraflores Visitor Center (507-276-8427) is home to a multilevel
exhibition and a third-floor restaurant (507-232-3120; shown top left)
where you almost touch the passing vessels while you refuel. To ensure a
choice table, call the restaurant for reservations.
you can also call the center for the day's scheduled crossings.
To complete your self-guided tour, go halfway up the 50-mile-long canal
to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort (507-314-9000), a 340-acre nature
reserve complete with an aerial tram that slices through the Soberanía
National Park, a Tarzan-like jungle that is home to 500-plus (really)
species of birds. An observation tower offers another bird's-eye view.
Situated 30 minutes from the city center, the resort is as idyllic and
unspoiled as downtown Panama City is hurried and urban.
As the day wanes, there's no better place to rejuvenate than the mile-long
Amador Causeway, which juts out between the canal and Panama Bay.
Made from rocks excavated from the channel, the three connecting islands
form an esplanade of parks, cafes, oceanfront condos and a new cruise ship
terminal. By day, bicyclists ride and joggers stride along the narrow roadway,
soaking in the dazzling views of the city's crescent-shaped waterfront - a
veritable timeline that spans from 17th-century steeples and fishing nooks
to modern office towers and airy penthouses. By night, the distant skyline
comes alive like twinkling stars.
For a memorable meal, take a cab to Eurasia (Calle 48, 507-264-7859)
in the busy central district of Bella Vista. Reflecting the city's immigrant
stew, this Chinese-owSource(s): I live here.There's a lot to do in Panama
- ElizabethLv 44 years ago
Yes, the Panama Canal is definitely one of the things that that country is known for. Panama City is world famous as a banking center. Many banks and their branches can be found there, and some are from other countries. Panama City also happens to be the oldest city on the west coast of Central or North America.
- TerryLv 510 years ago