A Modern Central American City - A must visit!
A long weekend in Panama City, Panama
Hey travel fam! We're finally releasing our cinematic video and blog post on the very beautiful coastal city Panama. In May of 2019, Matt and I found a great flight deal to this central American gem and couldn't resist the chance to adventure to Panama, a place we've heard so much about. First, I must start off by saying that out of all the Spanish speaking countries we visited in 2019 Panama city was by far the most developed country.
Panama is a very fast paced city. With so many sky scrapers, it resembles a mini New York City. In fact, the Tocumen International airport (the airport we flew into) is the busiest airport with the most flights leaving in/out of Central America. Not to mention the wealth of ships and cargo that cruise through the Panama canal also known as "the crossroads of the world". Matt and I were very impressed with the liveliness of the city as soon as we arrived.
As you guys know, Matt and I really enjoy staying at Air BNB's when we travel. On occasion we'll stay in hotels but we both prefer the convenience and affordability that Air BNB's offer. Right before we left we found the perfect high rise condo in the Panama city center over looking the Grand Ocean Bay. We were in awe when we arrived at the condo. We couldn't believe the modern layout of the place and not to mention the immaculate views of the city. The price per night was so affordable for this place and we had access to all the amenities including the rooftop gym and pool. Our hosts Katty and Feng were absolutely amazing and very communicative throughout our entire stay. If you're interested in visiting Panama we highly recommend this accommodation. Check out all the details of this Air BNB here.
Day 1: Casco Viejo, the historical center
You cannot visit Panama with out spending a day in the beautiful cobble stone streets of Casco Viejo. The location of our condo was in perfect distance from the airport and every attraction we wanted to visit. In fact, from our window you could see the view of the Casco Viejo center which was only about a 5 minute uber ride away. Yes, uber is very prevalent mode of transportation in Panama city which hasn't always been the case when we're traveling outside the US. This was such a benefit! It made getting around much easier. Internet access is very prevalent in Panama so we were rarely disconnected while we were there. Also we found it easy to communicate with the locals since mostly everyone we met spoke both Spanish and English.
Best Rooftop Bars/Restaurants in Panama
We spent the whole day walking through Casco Viejo taking in the sights of several historical monuments, cafes, restaurants, locals, and views of the ocean along the city's coast. One thing I loved most about Casco Viejo was the multitude of rooftop bars and restaurants everywhere. Each spot was so unique and provided a different view of the city. I absolutely loved it! We hopped from one bar to the next sipping all along the way. Here's a list of our favorite rooftop bars in Panama. All of these bars/restaurants had internet access and are within walking distance of each other so you could spend a whole day just visiting each spot. The places below are a MUST visit! There are many restaurants to explore than what is on this list but these places had the best views of the city and Panama Bay...
Panama Rooftop bars
2. LAZOTEA Restaurant and Rooftop
3. Capital Bistro Panama
4. La Concordia Boutique hotel
5. Gatto Blanco Party hotel
6. Tantalo Hotel Kitchen/Roofbar
7. Storx Skylounge
8. Relic Bar
Day 2: Visiting the Panama Canal - Miraflores view deck
After spending the day in Casco Viejo and enjoying the nightlife we were pretty pooped so we called it a night and got ready to go see the main attraction in Panama which is the Panama Canal in the morning. The best places to get a good view of the ships sailing down the canal is on the view deck at Miraflores. The cost of admission is about $20. It can get very busy with tourists so we would suggest getting there early to get a good spot on the deck to catch the ships that will be cruising down the canal in the afternoon.