Are you ready to run with the big dogs on your next getaway? Panama City is the richest place in Central America, and we don’t only mean financially (although it is that, too). With waterfront skyscrapers and a red-hot nightlife that will make you feel like you’re in Miami, but a cobblestone-lined Old Quarter telling tales of pirates and ghosts, a holiday in Panama City is the escape you’ve been looking for.
Arr, matey! Holidays to Panama City give you plenty of opportunity to indulge in a little Captain Morgan—no, not the rum. The Cap’n was a real pirate who destroyed the original city. It’s cool though. That just means you’ve got not one, but two old towns to visit. Panama Viejo, the 17th-century old town, is a playground for lovers of ruins (and who doesn’t love that?). Casco Viejo, the new old town, has all the famous churches, palaces and museums you’d expect of Central America’s wealthiest city.
Pirates are awesome, obviously, but the top draw of a Panama City holiday isn’t a secret: There’s no way you’d miss the Panama Canal. The Miraflores Visitor Center has tons of selfie vantage points with three observation decks, plus a restaurant with canal views. Further south, get a few snaps of the curvy Bridge of the Americas; better yet, hop in one of our Panama City car hire deals and drive across for yourself.
Ready for an adventure of a different kind? Put on your joggers and do some warm-ups, because shopping here is an action sport, and the starting line is Avenida Central. You won’t find luxury brands or tiny dogs in purses here; what you will find is Panama City at its best. From shops blaring musica tipica (which could include accordions and yodelling, just FYI) to the rainbow-coloured buildings, Avenida Central is as much about the experience as the shopping.
You probably won’t be buying any souvenirs at the Mercado de Mariscos (fish market), but it’s a great place to grab a bite of the freshest seafood this side of the isthmus. Much like shopping, getting down on corvina (a baked whole sea bass), is an adventure in itself. If the only excitement you want tonight is trying to pronounce fancy dishes, head to El Cangrejo (aka the Financial District).
If you hate fun, your best bet is to stay in that office chair, because this is a town that knows how to party. With a Panama City package along Calle Uruguay, you can hop from reggae to Latin to electronic music; grab some empanadas from a street cart to keep the party going. In the morning, slurp down some sancocho —chicken soup isn’t just good for the soul, it’s good for a hangover too!
Ditch your daily meetings and pencil in some time with world-famous landmarks and “can’t stop, won’t stop” nightlife. lastminute.com.au has the best Panama City packages you can get. Save your time for planning the fun stuff—and save your cash for all the empanadas you can get your hands on.
Being the fabulous national capital, it isn't going to be hard locking in your ideal Panama City hotel. There are more than 131 accommodations offered on lastminute.com.au.
Whether you're seeking the basics or the whole kit and caboodle, Panama City has your back! For a place that won't burn a hole through your wallet, you can't go past the Villa Michelle, located at Av. 2 1/2 Sur, or the Hotel Covadonga, at Calle 29 Entre Av Cuba y Av Peru. You may also want to look into the Villa Palma Boutique Hotel and the American Trade Hotel. These upmarket hotels are for those who want to live a life of pure bliss while they're here.
^Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on lastminute.com.au from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.