Panama City tourism is highly developed. A lot of tourist every year come on Panama City vacation. While Panama is known mostly for its famous canal, the country's natural attractions offer an irresistible lure to far-sighted travelers. This overlooked country offers some of the finest birding, snorkelling and deep-sea fishing in the Americas.
The capital of Panama is a modern, thriving commercial center stretching 8 km along the Pacific coast from the ruins of Panama Viejo to the edge of the Panama Canal. Casco Antiguo is an area of decaying colonial grandeur, striking architecture, peeling paint and decrepit balconies.
Few cities in Latin America can match the diversity, cosmopolitanism and sheer energy of Panama City: polyglot and post-modern before its time, in many ways it is closer in atmosphere to the mighty trading cities of Asia - Hong Kong or Singapore - than to anywhere else in the region. Situated on one of the great crossroads of the world, the city has always thrived on commerce, and its unique geographical position and the opportunities it presents have attracted immigrants from all over the globe.
The city has numerous tourist attractions including world-class hotels and restaurants. Of particular interest to tourists are various sites located in the Casco Viejo. Attractions include the 17th-century Metropolitan Church, the Interoceanic Canal Museum of Panama, the Plaza de Bolivar, the presidential palace, the History Museum of Panama and the Spanish 16th-century sea wall. Via Espana's banking district is the complete opposite to this yesteryear charm. Don't forget to visit them during Panama City vacation.
Further Southwest you can climb the hill Cerro Ancon for an overview of the city during Panama City vacation and beyond that is the fairly well-known bridge that spans the Panama Canal, the Bridge of the Americas. A new attraction is the new bridge over the Panama Canal, the Centennial Bridge.
Visitors who wish to experience more of the local atmosphere during Panama City vacation are advised to look for accommodations nearer the commercial and financial center of the city, that is the neighborhoods of Bella Vista, Marbella or El Cangrejo. For the tighter budgets Casco Viejo is a better option.
Unfortunately, the waters in the coast of the city are polluted and its not allowed to bathe in them. However there are beaches available nearby. The closest is the Playa Bonita Complex. There are also many more beaches, in the Pacific and Caribeann side. In recent years there has been huge development of Beach hotels.
Panamanian nature is comparable or perhaps more diverse to that of Costa Rica, but generally not crowded with tourists... Yet. However, near Panama City are some of the most accessible nature reserves. A taste of this can be found in the sizeable Parque Natural Metropolitano, which, ironically, is difficult to reach without motorised transport. An even easier nature-option is the Centro de Exhibiciones Marinas on the causeway, which is more than just an aquarium.
But to get a better impression of Panamanian nature near the city, it is convenient that the Panama Canal needs nature around it as a water catchment.