Modern, multicultural and brimming with life, Panama City is a heaving metropolis with a fascinating history that belies its contemporary veneer. In recent years much work has been done to restore the old Casco Viejo district - the historic quarter - which juts out on a peninsula of colonial cool, where cobblestone streets are lined with boutique hotels, charming ruins and grungy underground bars. Since its gentrification, the Old Town has received UNESCO World Heritage Status, preserving its neoclassical landmarks such as Palacio Presidencial and bougainvillea lined plazas; all Panama City holidays should include some time to explore here.
In contrast to Casco Viejo’s historic charms, the modern city towers over the coast with a jagged skyline of Manhattan-esque skyscrapers that host the region’s hub of trade and financial services. The modern side of Panama City is urban in the extreme, with constant construction of newer, bigger towers providing a soundtrack for the chaotic traffic jams that snarl the city streets. Despite this, holidays to Panama City are great fun, offering an ‘anything goes’ attitude to all who visit.
Thanks to its proximity to both Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, day trips from Panama City are plentiful. Head to one of the beautiful islands just offshore, venture into the lush rainforest to meet howler monkeys, toucans and sloths, or pay a visit to Panama’s most famous landmark; no trip to Panama City is complete without seeing the Panama Canal, and the Miraflores Locks are easily accessible from the city, offering views of ships traversing the feat of modern engineering.
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