Panama City Port Guide

Panama City Port is Panama's capitol and one of the best destinations in the country. It's long been a favorite for spring break, and is increasingly popular with cruise passengers. A number of passengers coming through Panama City arrive as part of a Mexican cruise. It's also a standard part of Panama Canal cruises. Visitors from English-speaking countries will be pretty comfortable, as a number of locals in the city speak English. Residents of the city are generally friendly and helpful. Taxis are easy to find and affordable. You can also use buses as an alternative.

Shopping

The Panama City cruise port area has a number of good places to shop. Both bargain hunters and designer clothing fans will have their needs met. The Los Pueblos outdoor mall and La Central Ave. are good places to find bargains. Via Espana and Paitilla offer great, upscale shopping choices. Some Chinese and Indian stores selling ethnic goods are found throughout Panama City. The Caledonia area has street markets selling local crafts. Panama City has several American-style malls. One of these is the Albrook Shopping Mall, which has its own cinema.

Things to See

One sight near the Panama City cruise terminal you won't want to miss is the Canal itself. This is a truly impressive example of modern engineering. Watching the boats go by can be a fun experience by itself. A taxi can take you to the Miraflores locks easily. It's also possible to take a sightseeing cruise or a train tour, depending on your budget.

Museum lovers will enjoy Panama City. A Canal Museum lets visitors learn more about this impressive waterway. Another museum highlights the old city, now in ruins at Panama Viejo. Mi Pueblitos is a free museum dedicated to the various ethnic groups of Panama. Casco Viejo, the historic district, has a number of colonial-style buildings and historic churches.

If you feel like bike-riding, skating, or taking a walk, the Amador Causeway is a great place for these activities. It leads to the Puente de las Americas.

There are several churches to choose from in Panama City.  There are numerous Catholic parishes, many in buildings built in the 17th century. Episcopalians will find at least half a dozen churches in the area. The Latter-Day Saints, or Mormons, have a temple in Panama City.

Restaurants and Bars

The Panama City port of call has restaurants representing several ethnicities. El Trapiche serves traditional Panamanian dishes at good prices. Marbella serves Spanish cuisine with lots of fresh seafood. Lung Fung offers some top-rated Cantonese Chinese food. Van Gogh has some of the best, authentic Italian food. Manolo Caracol serves fresh tapas, with or without drinks.

If you like to enjoy a night out at the bars, Panama City won't disappoint you. La Casona de las Brujas is a courtyard bar that offers live entertainment. It's located next to an art gallery. Taberna 21 is atapas bar with a great beer selection.

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