Panama City Journals

Panama City - Exploring the city's rich and diverse history

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A January 2010 trip to Panama City by RoBoNC

Amador Causeway Photo, Panama City, Panama More Photos
Quote: There is a wealth of history surrounding Panama City with its many skyscrapers and shopping malls. Panama Viejo, founded in 1519, was the original city and after it was destroyed, gave way to Casco Viejo in 1673. However, the Panama Canal draws more tourists than both of these combined.

Casco Viejo/Old Town

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Attraction | "Walking Tour Continued - Plaza Independencia to Plaza Carlos V"

Casco Viejo/Old Town Photo, Panama City, Panama
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Although the Cathedral Metropolitana is the highlight of the Plaza de la Independencia, the square is filled with some great museums that are worth a visit. The Casa de la Municipalidad was built in 1910 and serves as a government office. On the second floor is the Museo de Historia de Panama, which has exhibits showing original documents, old maps, and scale models tracing the history of Panama with the arrival of Balboa and events leading up until 1977. All of the signs in the museum are written in Spanish. Next door is another museum, the Museo del Canal Interoceanico, a history museum of the Panama Canal. But before it was a museum, it began as the headquarters of the Compagnie Un...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 1, 2010

Casco Viejo/Old Town
San Felipe
Panama City, Panama

Casco Viejo/Old Town

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Attraction | "Walking Tour: Plaza La Francia to Plaza La Independencia"

Casco Viejo/Old Town Photo, Panama City, Panama
Quote:
In 1671, Pirate Henry Morgan pillaged and destroyed Panama Viejo, known as the Old City. Two years later, residents founded Casco Viejo, or the Old Quarter, on a peninsula where they could better prepare for an attack. Casco Viejo is now a collection of ruins, museums, restaurants, sidewalk cafes, shops, and even the Presidential Palace. In 2003, Casco Viejo was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it has become the second most visited tourist site behind the Panama Canal. Although the sprawling metropolis of Panama City with its skyscrapers can be clearly seen across the bay from Casco Viejo, it is centuries removed from the rest of the city. Casco Viejo can best be explored b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 1, 2010

Casco Viejo/Old Town
San Felipe
Panama City, Panama

Casco Viejo/Old Town

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Attraction | "Walking Tour II - Plaza Independencia to Plaza Carlos V"

Casco Viejo/Old Town Photo, Panama City, Panama
Quote:
Although the Cathedral Metropolitana is the highlight of the Plaza de la Independencia, the square is filled with some great museums that are worth a visit. The Casa de la Municipalidad was built in 1910 and serves as a government office. On the second floor is the Museo de Historia de Panama, which has exhibits showing original documents, old maps, and scale models tracing the history of Panama with the arrival of Balboa and events leading up until 1977. All of the signs in the museum are written in Spanish. Next door is another museum, the Museo del Canal Interoceanico, a history museum of the Panama Canal. But before it was a museum, it began as the headquarters of the Compagnie Un...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 1, 2010

Casco Viejo/Old Town
San Felipe
Panama City, Panama

Panama Canal

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Attraction | "Part I History of the Canal and Tour of Balboa"

Panama Canal Photo, Panama, Central America
Quote:
Charles V of Spain first came up with the idea of a canal through Panama in 1534. It wasn’t until 1880 when the French, under the supervision of Ferdinand de Lesseps, tried to make that idea a reality. The attempt proved to be a disaster. The French first failed to survey the geography and geology of Panama’s dense jungles. Then disease struck the workers in the form of malaria and yellow fever. It is estimated that 22,000 workers died from disease during the French’s effort to build the canal. After just nine years, in 1889, the French abandoned the project. It wasn’t until 1903, when Theodore Roosevelt was President of the US, that the idea of the Panama Canal was once again consi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 1, 2010

Panama Canal
Connects Atlantic Ocean via Caribbean Sea to Pacific Ocean
Isthmus of Panama
272 3165

Panama Canal

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Attraction | "Part II - Miraflores to Gatun"

Panama Canal Photo, Panama, Central America
Quote:
About five miles north of the airport on the Gaillard Highway is the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center. One of the three lock systems on the canal, Miraflores is the most popular place to watch the canal in action. The visitor center, built in 2003, is a four story state of the art building containing a theater, museum, restaurant, and outdoor viewing platforms on all four levels. Although you can visit the other locks, this is the only one that has a visitor center which makes it very popular with tourists. Admission to the visitor center is $8 for the observation deck and museum or $5 just for the observation deck alone. We proceeded up to the top observation level just in time to see...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 1, 2010

Panama Canal
Connects Atlantic Ocean via Caribbean Sea to Pacific Ocean
Isthmus of Panama
272 3165

Veneto Hotel and Casino

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Hotel | "The Closest to Vegas you Can Get in Panama"

Veneto Hotel and Casino Photo, Panama City, Panama
Quote:
When Panamanians want to visit Las Vegas, they don’t need a plane ticket to get there. They just head over to the Veneto Hotel and Casino in downtown Panama City. It is the closest that one can get to Vegas without leaving the country. Although there are numerous casinos in Panama City, the Veneto dwarfs the other ones in size and prestige. The Veneto is located within downtown at the corner of Avenida Morales and Via Veneto in Panama’s financial and banking district. My one drawback to the hotel is getting there. There are so many one way streets and traffic congestion can be such a major problem that it becomes frustrating because you can see the hotel but cannot get there. There ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2010

Veneto Hotel and Casino
Avenido Eusebio A. Morales Y Via Veneto
Panama City, Panama
+507 340-8686

Panama Viejo and Historic District

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Attraction | "The Old Panama City and the First Permanent Settlement"

Panama Viejo and Historic District Photo, Panama City, Panama
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On August 15, 1519, Pedro Davila founded Panama Viejo, making it the first permanent settlement in the Pacific Ocean. The city eventually grew from 100 inhabitants to over 10,000 in 1670. As the new capital of Panama, the city grew to include over 500 houses, convents, hospitals, and a cathedral. It survived fires and an earthquake that destroyed many buildings, but they were quickly rebuilt. However, the city was no match for Henry Morgan, one of the most ruthless pirates in the Caribbean. On January 28, 1671, Morgan along with over a 1000 men, looted and destroyed Panama Viejo. The city was set on fire and most of the buildings demolished. Two years later in 1673, the surviving inhabitants fo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 1, 2010

Panama Viejo and Historic District
Foot Of Avenida Central
Panama City, Panama

COURTYARD PANAMA CITY

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Hotel | "Nice Hotel Connected to Panama's Largest Mall"

COURTYARD PANAMA CITY Photo, Panama City, Panama
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The Courtyard Panama Real Hotel is one of two Marriott hotels located in Panama City, the other being the full service Marriott hotel. The Courtyard is located on Via Israel in downtown near the Ave Balboa. The hotel is about fifteen minutes from the airport, if you take the Corredor Sur, a toll road. If you end up taking the main road out of the airport, like we did, it will take about an hour because of traffic. The hotel is within easy walking distance of many of the business areas of downtown, which make its ideal for the business traveler. The hotel has eight floors with 243 rooms and 5 suites. The basic guest room with a king bed offers a skyline view or a multiplaza view, whic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2010

COURTYARD PANAMA CITY
MULTIPLAZA PACIFIC MALL VIA ISRAEL AVE
Panama City
507-301-01-01

Country Inn and Suites Panama Canal

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Hotel | "Only Hotel on the Amador Causeway"

Country Inn and Suites Panama Canal Photo, Panama City, Panama
Quote:
Of all of the hotels in Panama City, the best one, in my opinion, was the Country Inn and Suites. Normally, not a hotel that you equate with luxury such as the Marriott, Hilton, Intercontinental, or even the Radisson, which along with the Park Inn and Park Plaza make up the family of hotels in the Goldpoints rewards program. One thing that the Country Inn and Suites has that no other hotel in Panama City does, is that it sits right next to the entrance of the Panama Canal. Literally, you can watch massive supertankers entering and exiting the canal from the outdoor pool or if you are lucky, from your ocean-view balcony. The hotel is located at the entrance to the Amador Causeway and it...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2010

Country Inn and Suites Panama Canal
Amador Ave. and Pelicano Ave.
Panama City, Panama 8001
(507) 211-4500

Amador Causeway

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Attraction | "Escape the Hustle and Bustle of Downtown"

Amador Causeway Photo, Panama City, Panama
Quote:
The Amador Causeway evokes images of what Panama City should be. Palm tree lined streets with bicyclists, rollerbladers, skateboarders, and joggers traveling down a recreational path while enjoying the ocean views and the Panama City skyline across the bay. An influx of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs has made the causeway a popular destination for tourists and Panamanians alike. The Amador Causeway was created from excavated rock taken from the building of the canal. The purpose of the causeway was to calm the waters to the entrance of the Panama Canal to prevent silt from piling up and blocking the pathway to the canal. The causeway extends three miles from the Bridge of the Americ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2010

Amador Causeway
Causeway Of The Panama Canal
Panama City, Panama