One city, two faces - Panama City
© Cristóbal Schmal

Panama City – One city, two faces

  • ILLUSTRATION CRISTÓBAL SCHMAL

The Pacific Ocean, tropical rainforest, a world-famous canal – water is the de­fining element in Panama City. But both on land and at high elevations, the Central American metropolis is rich in attractions, too. We reveal both sides of the city!

One city, two faces - Panama City
© Cristóbal Schmal

Watch ships …

… sail past while dining at the Miraflores, one of the city’s best restaurants. It took its name from the nearby Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal.

One city, two faces - Panama City
© Cristóbal Schmal

Anchors aweigh!

Tired of just watching? Then hop on board a boat yourself. On the four-hour trip to Gatún Lake and back, the boat passes through two locks.

One city, two faces - Panama City
© Cristóbal Schmal

Surfer’s dream

Panama sometimes looks like Miami or Los Angeles – especially on its own Malibu beach. Here, too, the name is synonymous with big waves and excellent surfing.

 

One city, two faces - Panama City
© Cristóbal Schmal

Fresh catch

The gigantic Mercado de Mariscos market is the best place to buy fresh fish in Panama and also to sample  ceviche, a local raw fish specialty.

 

One city, two faces - Panama City
© Cristóbal Schmal

Island Paradise

Isla ­Taboga is an ideal getaway for stressed-out city folks. On the weekends, it gets a little raucous due to the many jet skis and speedboats on the water.


One city, two faces - Panama City
© Cristóbal Schmal

Walk on water

This is very simple, here. Joggers and skaters love the 1.8 kilometers of level roadway on Amador Dam, which connects the city with several different islands.

One city, two faces - Panama City
© Cristóbal Schmal

Ancient Walls

Splendid Spanish colonial-style architecture dominates the 17th-century city center. Even older: the ruins of Old Panama, which was destroyed by pirates in 1671.

 

One city, two faces - Panama City
© Cristóbal Schmal

Heady experience

Sip a cocktail and survey Panama City’s spectacular skyline from The Bits, located on the 62nd floor of a skyscraper. It’s Panama’s “top” bar.

One city, two faces - Panama City
© Cristóbal Schmal

Golf in the city

The weather here is always warm, the grass is always green. No wonder Panama is famous for its golfing. The Summit Golf Club is a favorite among golfers.

One city, two faces - Panama City
© Cristóbal Schmal

Fly through the tree tops

The rainforest is right outside the city gates, and exploring on foot is nice, of course, but ziplining in Valle de Antón is more exciting by far.