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  • 1. 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. It also...Read More

  • 2. Plaza Bolívar

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    A small plaza surrounded by 19th-century architecture, this is one of Casco Viejo's most pleasant spots, especially at night, when people gather...Read More

  • 3. Plaza de Francia

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Designed by Leonardo de Villanueva, this attractive plaza on the southeastern corner of the Casco Viejo peninsula is dedicated to the French...Read More

  • 4. Area Bancária

    Neighborhood/Street

    Narrow streets shaded by leafy tropical trees make the city's financial district a pleasant area to explore, though the trees are being cut...Read More

  • 5. Baha'i House of Worship

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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 eighth...Read More

  • 6. Balboa

    Town/Village

    The heart of the former Canal Zone is quite a switch from the rest of Panama City, with its wide tree-shaded lawns and stately old buildings...Read More

  • 7. Cementerio Francés

    Cemetery

    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 taken...Read More

  • 8. Centro de Exhibiciones Marinas Punta Culebra

    Museum/Gallery

    Though it doesn't compare to the aquariums of other major cities, the Centro de Exhibiciones Marinas is worth a stop. It was created by the...Read More

  • 9. Centro de Visitantes

    Historic District/Site

    Start your visit to Panamá Viejo at the Centro de Visitantes—a large building on the right as you enter Panamá Viejo on Vía Cincuentenaria....Read More

  • 10. Cerro Ancón Summit

    Trail/Path

    The rain forest that covers most of Cerro Ancón is a remarkably vibrant natural oasis in the midst of the city. The best area to see wildlife...Read More

  • 11. Edificio de la Administración del Canal

    Building/Architectural Site

    Well worth a stop is this impressive structure set atop a ridge with a dramatic view of Balboa and the canal—a site chosen by the canal's chief...Read More

  • 12. Gran Clement

    Restaurant–Sight

    Exploring Casco Viejo's narrow streets can be a hot and exhausting affair, which makes the gourmet ice-cream shop of Gran Clement an almost...Read More

  • 13. Iglesia de La Merced

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the oldest structures in the Casco Viejo, La Merced's timeworn, baroque facade was actually removed from a church of the same name in...Read More

  • 14. Iglesia de San José

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This church is an exact replica of the temple of the same name in Panamá Viejo. It is the sanctuary of the country's famous golden altar, the...Read More

  • 15. Isla Flamenco

    Island

    The Amador Causeway ends at Isla Flamenco, which has two shopping centers and an assortment of restaurants. The Flamenco Marina is a popular...Read More

  • 16. Isla Perico

    Island

    The second island on the causeway, Isla Perico, holds a long strip mall, called Brisas de Amador, that has an array of restaurants and bars...Read More

  • 17. La Catedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built between 1688 and 1796, Panama City's stately cathedral is one of Casco Viejo's most impressive structures. The interior is vast, but rather...Read More

  • La Cinta Costera

    18. La Cinta Costera

    Promenade/Boardwalk

    The busy waterfront boulevard Avenida Balboa and the linear park running alongside it are lined with palm trees and graced with great views...Read More

    La Cinta Costera
  • 19. Las Bóvedas

    Military Site

    The arched chambers in the wall on the eastern side of Plaza Francia, which originally formed part of the city's battlements, served various...Read More

  • 20. Museo Afroantillano

    Museum/Gallery

    Three blocks northeast of Plaza Cinco de Mayo, in the midst of a rough neighborhood, stands a simple wooden museum dedicated to the tens of...Read More

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