Panama Playa Bonita with Friends
Collected by Leo Johnson
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 a part of an emerging urban scene.
Calle 4ta, Panamá, Panama
As is the case in many countries, Panama's modern-day artisans are looking for ways to honor centuries-old craft traditions while allowing contemporary influences to inform their work. The results of these efforts vary, but at Papiro y Yo, a...
Calz. de Amador, Panamá, Panama
The Museum of Biodiversity is one of the most anticipated attractions in Panama City. The iconic architectural lines of Frank Gehry's designs make a reappearance at this museum near the equator. But there's a colorful twist, which will undoubtedly...
Playa Veracruz is dotted with about a dozen small ranchitos (concessions) and bars. During weekends, it's especially popular with young locals, who come here to let loose and dine on super cheap grub. The offerings are good: ceviche, fried fish,...
Calle 8a Oeste, Panamá, Panama
Arco Chato (the Flat Arch) on Avenida A, an architectural ruin in the old quarter near Iglesia de Santo Domingo, houses an outdoor gallery of intriguing and modern sculptural works and art installations. The ruins, the rustic stone, and the...
Playa Venao, Panama
Karimar, popular with locals for its beachside restaurant and bar, also offers Karimar Aventura outdoor activities, which include boating, fishing, and jet skiing. Excursions provide some fun in the sun for teenagers and groups.
Rincon de Filo, in the seaside village of Veracruz, is worth the short trip (about 6 kilometers, or 3.5 miles) southwest from Playa Bonita. Classic Panamanian seafood, such as paella, is the specialty. The nautical decor is refined yet...
Flamenco Island, Panama City, Panama
For food recommended by locals, bring your appetite and try the grilled specialties at Lenos & Carbon. The place has two locations, at Albrook Mall and Amador Causeway (the latter is near the end at the wharf and offers great harbor views).
Calle 9 con Calle Boquete (Esquina Casco Antiguo, Panama
Wine? Check. Tapas? Check. New friends? You bet. Good times are meant to be shared. Tinto de Verano offers a comfortable, intimate setting for sipping wine, sharing tapas, and lingering with locals. Speaking of lingering, the plush, tufted booth...
Calle Miller, Panamá, Panama
One of Panama City's oldest bars, the Balboa Yacht Club sits just before the Amador Causeway. It's an institution in the community, and locals frequent here. Chill with a cerveza Balboa on the covered wooden terrace, and take in views of the...
Av. Mulvehill, Panama
Café Maritanos, a boutique coffee shop located in the International Business Park (the IBP) of Panama Pacifico, specializes in the best coffees of Panama. They also offer truffles, pastries, and panini, as well as breakfast and lunch items. The...
Calle 3a, Panamá, Panama
Passing by the Karavan Gallery, it's impossible not to take a peek at the beautifully stylized displays: a gallery of local art, baskets of home accessories, and hanging artisan jewelry. Offerings also include gorgeous mola textile pieces made by...
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