Central America Panama

48 Hours in Panama City

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Day One



Make your way into Panama City.

If you are arriving at Tocumen International Airport you will be needing to find your way into the city. Unfortunately, this isn’t the cheapest of tasks. You best option will be to split a taxi costing about $30 with a group of people heading the same direction.

For a cheaper alternative check out this post by Joey Bonura on how to get from Tocumen International Airport to Panama City for $1.25. It may take you longer and be a little more complicated, but if you’re penny pinching this would be your best option.



Check into your accommodation around Panama City.

I stayed at The Hard Rock Hotel, which I can highly recommend. With a beautiful pool looking over the city and the best buffet breakfast you can’t go wrong. Though, staying here can be quite pricey.

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Time to visit the number one tourist attraction in Panama, The Panama Canal.

To get here the easiest way will be to take a taxi which will cost approximately $6. Otherwise, if you are staying in the area where Albrook Mall is located, you can take a public bus for $0.25 which departs every hour between 6am and 5pm.

The best way to experience the amazing engineering of the Panama Canal is to go to Miraflores Locks. Here you can make you way to the top of the building to a look out deck which gives you great views over one of the three locks which make up the canal. Watch the massive boats make their way across, being lifted through each channel to reach the other side. Admission costs $15 for adults and $10 or students which gives you access to the viewing deck and a documentary screening about the history of the Panama Canal.

Make your way back into Panama City for lunch afterwards

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Lunch time!

Check out this blog post by Panama for Beginners for some amazing eats



Explore the Amador Causeway

Hire out a bike for $3.50 and explore the Amador Causeway. Linking Panama City with three outlying islands. It is a popular place to people watch, with local Panamanians exercising along there. Feel free to grab a drink at one of the cafes and restaurants on the islands.

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Time to grab dinner

Check out this blog post by Panama for Beginners for some amazing eats



Have a relaxing night in at your accommodation.

Turn on the tv, put your feet up and get a goods nights rest so you will be all energised and ready for tomorrow!

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Day Two


Breakfast time!

If your hotel has buffet breakfast enjoy a meal there, otherwise here are some recommendations by TripAdvisor.

After this pack your camera and get ready for a day of exploring

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Today will be spent at Casco Viejo

To get there you can walk along the Cinta Costero for about 45 minutes. Otherwise, if you are wanting to get there a bit faster and avoid the heat, flag down a taxi which will cost you less than $5.

Once you arrive start exploring the area!

Highlights include. . .

The museum ($1-$2 admission cost)

El Arco Chato

La Plaza De Francia

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Grab lunch in Casco Viejo

Check out this blog post by The Sweetest Way on where to eat in Casco Viejo



Continue exploring Casco Viejo

Make sure to check out all the market stalls and vendors! This is the perfect place to pick up all the Panama souvenirs you are after. Chit chat with the locals and grab yourself a bargain.

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Take a walk back along the Cinta Costero

It will lead you back towards the city and give you the most perfect views. With the Pacific Ocean on one side, massive sky scrappers towering over you and Panamanian people doing their daily activities your eyes wont know where to look.

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Dinner time

Back in the city grab a delicious eat for dinner and enjoy your last night in Panama.

Check here for some amazing restaurants recommended by TripAdvisor.


Not tired yet?

Perhaps head down to the waterfront and check out the city by night. There are some amazing views and when it is all lit up it is one spectacular sight



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