Panama Cities to Visit

Sometimes it's not that you want to leave 'the city' it's that you want to leave 'your city' — explore new surroundings and treat yourself to new markets, shops, museums, restaurants, architecture, and more when you peruse this list of Panama's cities to visit. You'll get the change of pace you need, and will also enjoy easy access to the outdoor adventure the country offers.

Panama City Panama
Panama City

Gulf of Panama and Canal Zone

Visitors usually make a beeline for the historic districts — Panama Viejo and Casco Viejo — where you can still the remains of the city’s colonial past. But this is a booming, modern city, with lots of places to people watch and take in the buzz of the busy streets — check out the bustling thoroughfare of Avenida Central. Travelers should also fit in a visit to the Miraflores Locks, where you can get a look at the massive cargo ships that come through the area. For the city’s best selection of restaurants and bars, you’ll want to head to Calle Uruguay.

When you’re ready for a break from the hectic pace of the city, head to the tranquil green space of Metropolitan Park. It covers 654 acres of forest, and provides a habitat for lively populations of monkeys and birds. You can hike on trails to lookout points like Cerro Cedro, which allows you to take in the breathtaking sprawl of Panama City.

David Panama

Gulf of Chiriqui

While you’re in the city, take in the busy city square at Parque Cervantes, which is surrounded by some of the city’s most interesting architecture. Just a short drive from David, you can observe interesting landscapes. There’s the black-sand beach of Playa Barqueta that beckons to surfers. You might also go to the Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Barqueta to see the mangroves that offer shelter to four different species of sea turtles, with a hatching season that takes place from September to December.