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Taboga

island in Panama

18km

8.7833-79.55

Colon (Panama)

sea port on the Caribbean Sea (Atlantic) coast of Panama

58km

9.3333-79.9

Portobelo

historic Spanish Forts, boats to Colombia, and dive centers

67km

9.55403-79.65483

San Blas Islands

archipelago in Guna Yala, Panama

104km

9.57-78.82

Boquete

place in Chiriquí, Panama

323km

8.78-82.44

David (Panama)

capital of the province of Chiriquí, Panama

327km

8.433333-82.433333
Sights

Casco Viejo, Panama

Casco Viejo is the historic part of town, where you will find many colonial style government buildings, cathedrals and museums including a Canal Museum or a small Panama History Museum. It is under massive renovation, with crumbling shacks next to beautifully restored colonial buildings. There are a number of accommodation options in Casco ranging from hostel pricing up to very expensive colonial suites. The area hosts a large number of eclectic events ranging from operas and musicals at the national theatre to block parties and fashion catwalks in the open plazas. Casco Viejo also offers some of the finest dining options in Panama City. Getting here from the airport by Metro bus, you can get off at 5 de Mayo stop (popular stop under a highway) then walk about 15-20 min heading south towards the water on Avenida Central, a pedestrian mall with many shops and markets, which leads directly to the old town. Together with the archaeological site of Panamá Viejo, the Casco Viejo is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

45m

8.9525-79.535

Panama Canal Museum

89m

8.95194444-79.53472222

Metropolitan Natural Park

This park is a nature reserve very close to the city and offers well maintained hiking paths and a small visitors center. One of the trails leads up a hill and from there you have great views over the skyline of Panama City. Register and pay first at the visitors center, where there are also toilets and drinking water fountains to refill your bottles.

4.4km

8.991-79.546

Causeway Islands

The Amador Causeway connects four little islands (Naos, Culebra, Perico and Flamenco) to the mainland. From the causeway, there is a lovely view of Panama City, the Puente de las Americas, and the numerous islands far in Panama Bay. Many Panamanians like to spend their weekends jogging, riding a bicycle or roller-blading down the causeway, or having a meal or drinks in one of the many restaurants and bars on the islands. Bikes are available to rent in many different varieties including recumbents and multi-person bicycles, starting at about $3.50 per hr. From the causeway you can also arrange day trips by ferry to one of the surrounding islands with boats leaving early in the morning.

4.5km

8.913-79.525

Marine Exhibition Center of Punta Culebra

This nature center run by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute is located on Culebra Island. It has a few fish tanks with Pacific, Caribbean, and freshwater sea life, a small pool with a sea turtle and a few little sharks, and a tank where children can touch starfish and other sea creatures. There is also a little forest where a family of sloths lives.

4.5km

8.911932-79.528645

Miraflores (Panama)

lock of the Panama Canal

8.0km

8.99707611-79.59186944

Panamá Viejo

The archaeological site of the ruins of the original city of Panama that was sacked by the pirate Henry Morgan in the 1600s. The city was later moved to Casco Viejo. Today Panama Viejo is home to one of Panama's national parks with the buildings left in unrestored states. It is well worth the visit but read the safety warnings and ask park employees about where it is safe to visit as the park is surrounded outside by one of the city's dangerous areas. Together with the old town Casco Viejo, the site of Panamá Viejo is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

8.0km

9.00555556-79.48583333

Soberanía National Park

A national park in close proximity to Panama City, offers good hiking trails. See park article.

19km

9.0742977-79.6598053

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Panama City

Panama
Panama City is the capital of Panama. Sitting on the Pacific end of the Panama canal it has long been a point of transit for travelers and freight and these days Tocumen Airport has become the busiest in Central America and one of Latin America's most important transfer hubs.

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Climate

Average temperatures

Jan

33°C19
Precipitation: 29 mm

Feb

34°C18
Precipitation: 10 mm

Mar

35°C18
Precipitation: 13 mm

Apr

35°C20
Precipitation: 65 mm

May

35°C21
Precipitation: 225 mm

Jun

34°C21
Precipitation: 235 mm

Jul

34°C21
Precipitation: 169 mm

Aug

34°C21
Precipitation: 220 mm

Sep

33°C21
Precipitation: 254 mm

Oct

33°C21
Precipitation: 331 mm

Nov

33°C20
Precipitation: 252 mm

Dec

33°C19
Precipitation: 105 mm