Whether you’re looking for history and culture or sandy beaches and tropical forests, you’ll find it in Panama Province. Cosmopolitan Panama City boasts world-class museums, sophisticated theatres and chef-driven restaurants. Wildlife-rich reserves lure birders and nature lovers, while a postcard-perfect archipelago appeals to sunseekers.
Things to do in Panama
Modern and upbeat, Panama City is one of the most exciting metropolises in Central America. As both the national and provincial capital, the city offers some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment in the country. The trendy neighbourhood of Casco Viejo occupies a peninsula and is brimming with historic charm. Stroll along the cobblestone streets, browse boutiques housed in centuries-old buildings and sip cocktails at rooftop bars.
The Miraflores Visitor's Centre is dedicated to the Panama Canal, one of the most famous waterways in the world. Head up to the observation decks for a bird’s eye view of ships cruising along the canal and passing through the locks. In the city centre, the Panama Canal Museum occupies a handsome historic building and features exhibits on the waterway.
Spot monkeys, sloths, anteaters and more at sprawling Parque Natural Metropolitano. The 265-hectare park protects a lush forest and is a haven for wildlife. Explore the marked trails and unlock sweeping views over Panama City and the canal from the lookout. The chance to spot more than 250 bird species makes the park a birder’s paradise. Soberania National Park is another top-rated sanctuary for birders and is home to more than 500 species. You might also spot iguanas perched in the trees.
Panama Province borders the Pacific Coast and is dotted with stunning beaches. Find some of the best stretches of sand in the Pearl Islands, an offshore archipelago made up of more than 200 islands. Bask on palm-fringed sandy beaches, snorkel with colourful tropical fish and keep your eyes peeled for humpback whales.
Getting around Panama
Rental cars are a fast and flexible way to explore Panama Province at your own pace. Panama City is easy to get around on foot or by taxi. Tocumen International Airport is a gateway to Panama Province and the rest of the country.