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At one time, a certain canal was Panama City's biggest draw. Now, the opening of the Frank Gehry–designed BioMuseo promises to lure more travelers here. They will stay for beaches, biodiversity, and the chance to be part of an emerging urban scene.
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Vía Argentina, Panamá, Panama
Follow the locals to El Trapiche for traditional food. A plate of grilled garlic shrimp, plantains, and rice is possibly the perfect Panamanian meal, paired with Trapiche's tropical blend fruit juice. There are two locations—El Cangrejo and the...
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0265, Goethals Blvd, Panama
Even travelers who consider themselves averse to cruises seem to feel drawn to a daytime cruise tour of the Panama Canal, and it's easy to understand why: it's a man-made engineering marvel, best seen close up. A full-day tour, which typically...
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Vía Cincuentenario Centro de Visitantes, Panama City 0823-05096, Panama
The anticipated Museum of Biodiversity, designed by Frank Gehry, opens this year, and the Panama Canal will soon double its capacity. To prepare, luxury hotels, such as the Trump Ocean Club and Le Meridien, are cropping up. And in the historic...
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Av Balboa, Panamá, Panama
Cool down with a non-alcoholic mojito concoction of fresh mint, lemon, and sparkling water on the rocks. It's tasty, and the mint twist is very refreshing.
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Av. Samuel Lewis & Calle 54 Este, Panamá, Panama
Gold is a dominant theme in Central American history, and Panama’s pre-Columbian metals rival those of anywhere else in the world. The founders of Reprosa, a Panama City metal workshop, decided that rather than mourn the loss of traditional...
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Av Central, Panamá, Panama
Avenida Central was the city’s great commercial core in the first half of the 20th century; though its heyday has ended, the swarm of humanity packing into its various shops, bars, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses attest to ongoing...
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Vía Cincuentenario, Panamá, Panama
These impressive stone ruins are all that remain of the original Panama City, founded in 1519 by the feared conquistador Pedro Arias de Ávila. Although the Panamá Viejo (or Panamá La Vieja) remains are now skeletal, a tour of the site is a crash...
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La Alameda, Panamá, Panama
City parks are often urban oases of natural life, but few offer the ecological drama of Panama City's Parque Natural Metropolitano, the city's largest park. While residents stroll, play sports, and relax within its leafy acres, travelers often...
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Cerro Sonsonate, San Miguelito, Panama
This was one of the most beautiful views that I witnessed in the charming country of Panama, while visiting my best friend from college that was living and working there. The dome of the temple resembles some sort of spacecraft, and while the...
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Ancon Hill, Panama City, Panama
Cerro Ancon (Ancon Hill) is a beautiful promontory, which offers incredible views of Panama City. It has a large Panamanian flag that you can see from anywhere in the city. You can take a cab uphill—it's only about $5 (and otherwise it's a bit of...
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Panama City, Panama
Manolo Caracol may be Panama City’s best-loved restaurant, and each of its creative tapas dishes provides sufficient reason. Spanish-born chef Manuel Madoro—alias Manolo Caracol—draws culinary inspiration from his heritage and his travels, and...
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Calle 51 Este, Panamá, Panama
An old colonial home is a fitting location for Tinajas, a small restaurant serving simple, local fare (rice and chicken, yucca salad, and garlic shrimp with plantains are all on the menu). But what truly brings local culture to life are the...
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Costa del Este, Panamá, Panama
Gone are the days when Caribbean cuisine meant coconuts and rum. You’ll find both of those ingredients at La Vitrola, but the spirited vibe at this modern restaurant is “contemporary Caribbean” as opposed to shore shack. Chef José Miguel de la...
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Av Central, Panamá, Panama
Savor a slice (or, rather, a cup) of Panamanian daily life at the Café Coca-Cola, which bills itself as the country’s oldest café. Whether or not this is true, the practice of sitting down for a coffee, a newspaper, and conversation about current...
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Calle Abel Bravo, Panamá, Panama
For visitors with extra time (and an extended budget), Breebaart Boutique—the operation of Hélène Breebaart, a French expatriate who first arrived in Panama as a representative for Dior—offers a unique opportunity to take home a custom-made...
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Hotel Radisson Decapolis, Planta Baja, Av Balboa, Panamá, Panama
I always ask our taxi driver for neighborhood restaurant recommendations. For Punta Patillia, one of Jose's fervent suggestions was Gourmet Pizza, across from the Multicentro Mall, for salads and delicioso pizza.