Panama City Sights

Panama City is a hassle-free place to explore on your own: many people speak English, the U.S. dollar is legal tender, and there are ATMs, restaurants, pharmacies, shops, and taxis just about everywhere. You can explore some areas on foot, though distances between neighborhoods make taxis (or perhaps the shiny new Metro rail system, depending on your destination) necessary for most trips. If you

ever feel uneasy about a location or situation and there aren't any police around, just flag down a taxi, which are safe and everywhere. Be sure to agree on the fare before boarding the taxi, as drivers are notorious for overcharging foreigners. Tourism police patrol the Casco Viejo and Panamá Viejo on bicycles. If you have a medical problem, go to Hospital Punta Pacífica, the best private clinic in the city. It also has a dental clinic.

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Casco Viejo 16

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Calzada Amador 5

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Baha'i House of Worship

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Perched atop a forested hill 11 km (7 miles) north of the city is Baha'i House of Worship, one of the world's seven Baha'i temples (an...

Cementerio Francés

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The pastoral Cementerio Francés sits on the left side of the road just before Summit and serves as a testament to the human toll once...

Esclusas de Miraflores

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

The four-story visitor center next to these double locks provides a front-row view of massive ships passing through the lock chambers.

Museo Antropológico Reina Torres de Araúz

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After decades of being on display in a former railway station, the government's collection of pre-Columbian artifacts is now housed in...

Parque Municipal Summit

  • Garden/Arboretum

About 13 miles northwest of Balboa, this large garden and zoo is surrounded by rain forest. Started in 1923 as a U.S. government project...

Parque Natural Metropolitano

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

A mere 20-minute drive from downtown, this 655-acre expanse of protected wilderness is a remarkably convenient place to experience the...

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