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Holiday In Panama City

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.

Things to Do in Panama City

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.

Shopping, Dining & Nightlife

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!

What’s Next?

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.


Top Hotel Deals in Panama City

The Executive Hotel
The Executive Hotel
3.5 out of 5.0 Calle 52, Aquilino de La Guardia, Panama City, Panama
Free Cancellation
AU$113
3.0/5 (1 reviews)

We had a good stay at the executive. All the facilities were good and the staff friendly. Breakfast woudl be the only thing that I'd give lover rating to. We were served exactly the same food items every day. No variety in the breakfast buffet. The lunch and dinner menus were prett good and the food ...

Reviewed on 9 May 2017
With a stay at The Executive Hotel in Panama City (Campo Alegre), you'll be a 5-minute walk from Via Espana and 12 minutes by foot from Cinta Costera.
Hyatt Place Panama City/Downtown
Hyatt Place Panama City/Downtown
3.5 out of 5.0 Avenida Aquilino de la Guardia, between, Vía España and Calle 52 Bella Vista, Panama City, Panama
Free Cancellation
AU$94
With a stay at Hyatt Place Panama City/Downtown in Panama City (Campo Alegre), you'll be a 3-minute walk from Via Espana and 9 minutes by foot from Avenida ...
Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis
Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis
4.5 out of 5.0 Ave. Balboa al lado de Multicentro, Panama City, Panama
Free Cancellation
AU$204
With a stay at Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis, you'll be centrally located in Panama City, steps from Avenida Balboa and within a 5-minute walk of Multicentro ...
JW Marriott Panama
JW Marriott Panama
5.0 out of 5.0 Calle Punta Colon, Punta Pacifica, Panama City, Panama
Free Cancellation
AU$204
With a stay at JW Marriott Panama in Panama City, you'll be on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Multiplaza Pacific Mall and Avenida Balboa.
Novotel Panama City
Novotel Panama City
4.0 out of 5.0 Calle Jose I. Fabrega y Thais de Pons, El Cangre, Bella Vista, Panama City, Panama
Free Cancellation
AU$90
A stay at Novotel Panama City places you in the heart of Panama City, within a 5-minute drive of Via Espana and Multiplaza Pacific Mall.
Oriental Panama City
Oriental Panama City
4.0 out of 5.0 Avenida 2da Sur, Obarrio, Bella Vista, Panama City, Panama
Free Cancellation
AU$90
With a stay at Oriental Panama City in Panama City (Campo Alegre), you'll be a 3-minute walk from Via Espana and 14 minutes by foot from Avenida Balboa.
*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.