Panama City is the largest city as well as the capital of the country of Panama. With a metro population of over one million people, it is quickly becoming an important city in Central America for industry and tourism.
With a rich history dating back well over 500 years, Panama City offers visitors plenty of things to do and see and well as great food and shopping as well. It has been cited in recent years as one of the best places in the world to retire.
The city is reached via the Tocumen International Airport, which is actually one of the biggest in all of Central America. As well as the port area, since the city is located right at the mouth of the Panama Canal.
Many World Heritage Sites
Since the country and city has such a long and rich history, there are quite a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Panama City and the greater metro area. One of the more popular to visit is called Old Panama, or Panama Viejo. This part of the city has been maintained to showcase what the Spanish built once they founded the city.
Other popular World Heritage Sites include Casco Viejo and Casco Antiguo. These two areas are inside Panama City and represent different times and eras of Panama. Casa Antiguo is popular as a showcase of all of the mixed design and architecture brought to Panama City by the Spanish, French and Caribbean influences.
The Casco Antiguo area also includes a number of famous monuments like the Salón Bolivar, Las Bóvedas and the National Theater.
Of course, the most famous, and most visited attraction in Panama city is the Panama Canal. Approaching 100 years old, the Panama Canal was one of the most amazing and important undertakings of the time.
Now, the canal allows for ships of all shapes and sizes to travel freely between the Atlantic and Pacific, and serves as a port stop for many cruise visitors. Alongside the canal, Panama City also has a museum dedicated to it called the Museo del Canal Interoceánico also known as the Interoceanic Canal Museum.