Panama City, with its beautiful coral atolls, museums, parks, zoos and colourful neighbourhoods, makes for a delightful tourist getaway. The many attractions here can often confound visitors, making it hard for them to decide what to see and what to do. We thought about short-listing top three of the all-time favourite attractions in the city. Here, check out these attractions.
An epic man-made marvel, Panama Canal is undoubtedly Panama City’s most fascinating and popular tourist attraction. This 80-kilometre ship canal connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. The best way to explore the diversified beauty of this canal is to go on a cruise here. Miraflores Visitors Centre is an interesting attraction of the canal that houses four giant halls. Each of these halls showcases artefacts from the canal’s construction days and also its marine ecology. A nearby restaurant serves delicious snacks and offers excellent views of the canal.
Summit Botanical Gardens and Zoo
Situated in the Soberania National Park (20 minutes from downtown Panama City), the Summit Botanical Gardens and Zoo is home to over 15,000 plant species and a diverse wildlife. The popular wildlife attractions of the zoo, such as jaguars, tapirs, monkeys and scarlet macaws, are housed in their recreated natural habitats. The zoo’s most prized exhibit is the Harpy Eagle – world’s largest bird of prey. Summit is another highly popular attraction that’s loved for its remarkable collection of palm trees.
Religious Colonial Art Museum
Dating back to the 18th century, the Religious Colonial Art Museum is located in the former St. Dominic of Guzman’s Chapel. The museum houses an interesting array of colonial-era artefacts such as paintings, sculptures, and sacred relics finely crafted from bone and silver. The marvellous gold altar remains the star highlight of this popular art museum. Temporary exhibits are also displayed, and some of the most famous ones so far have been the Jesus Resuscitated, Pelican, and the Virgin of Perpetual Aid. Besides the exhibits, the old building in itself is of great architectural and historical interest.
With excellent dining, top notch attractions and great beach fun, a Panama City holiday is a sure-fire way to enjoy vacations in Panama. Go explore beaches, hangout with your family in this paradise or enjoy anything else, you will surely never regret booking those flights tickets for this wonderful place. This “Crossroads of America” is where North and South America meet. Travellers can enjoy abundance of water sports along with angling and fishing. Certainly, few days in the city and you will only gloat over your decision to board flights for Panama City! Some of the top attractions for holidaymakers in the Panama City are:
Come visit the breath-taking 654 feet steep Ancon Hill which offers great views of the entire Panama City. There are three points from where people can admire the views, besides the popular jogging and hiking paths on the road up the hill. After booking flights and landing here, you will adore the experience in the pristine wilderness of the Ancon Hill. If lucky, travellers there can also spot the occasional deer, sloth or armadillos.
Three islands in the Panama City are connected to the Panama Canal by the Amador Causeway. Catch splendid views of the Bridge of the Americas and the Panama City from this Causeway as multitudes of travellers love to spend their holidays here. Besides, the restaurants as well as bars nearby dole out some of the tastiest food and drinks around.
Behold the Panama Canal, one of the world’s best known engineering accomplishment! You can cross it entirely or just choose to go halfway, but will surely love the hours spent exploring. Flights to the city sell like hot cakes, as hordes of travellers jostle with each other to observe this grand achievement. Visit the Miraflores Locks Museum nearby and watch the transiting ferries in the canal from its top floor.
Coiba National Marine Park
Go snorkelling or enjoy scuba diving on the Pacific Coast at the well known Coiba National Marine Park. With aquatic species diversity of 800, its water is brimming with exotic life species. The waters carry a wide variety of marine life which is clearly evident within this National Park.