Panama City: A swinging capital surrounded by the ocean, swamps and rainforests. I will never forget the first view on the city when I was riding a taxi from the airport to my hotel in Casco Viejo. The immense skyline left a everlasting impression and it’s only fair to dedicate my first post on Panama to the beautiful skyline views.
Bienvenido a Panama City!
We arrived after a long flight from Madrid. It was around 17:00 hours local time and it was warm and humid when we stepped outside the airport. I had arranged for the hotel to pick us up for a couple of dollars and yes, the van was waiting for us. When we started to get closer to Panama City, I saw the immense skyline rising up next to the ocean and I immediately fell in love.
For me, the best place to marvel at the stunning skyline of Panama city is in Casco Viejo. It’s the old part of the city where the buildings are colonial and colorful. The contrast between the two parts of the city are immense! At the edge of Casco Viejo you will find a fishmarket. At low tide, the fishingboats just lay on the sand waiting for the tide to come in. It’s a strange sight with the ultra modern architecture in the background and I loved it!
The financial center seen from the fishmarket at Casco Viejo
Another view from the old town
Walking from Casco Viejo to the modern part of town is peanuts when you take the Cinta Costera: A beautiful paved boulevard that runs along the ocean and connects the two neighborhoods. Walking along the boulevard on a sunny day almost makes you feel like you are in Miami. One warning though… Bring a hat, plenty of sunscreen and loads of water… The sun is scorching!
The view along the Cinta Costera
Are you up for a trip to Panama?
Planning a trip can be a lot of work, but it’s fun! Here’s how I did it:
1: I found a very nicely priced ticket on Iberia.com with a stop in Madrid. If you are not based in Europe I suggest using Skyscanner to find the best deal for you. We wanted to combine our Panama trip with Cuba and it was cheaper to simply book a separate returnticket from Panama to Cuba with Copa Airlines
2: Next, I found a really nice hotel in Casco Viejo on Booking.com. We chose to stay at the Magnolia Inn which turned out to be an excellent choice!
3: Finally, I ordered a Lonely Planet on Amazon.com and checked Tripadvisor for fun things to do!
And that’s all there is to it to set you up for your trip. Let me know if there’s anything you need help with and I’ll be happy to answer your questions!