Tocumen International Airport is located on the outskirts of Panama City; it is the country's main entry point and the region's most technologically advanced airport. It offers many outbound flights to over 30 domestic airports across Panama and is also the regional hub for flights to Panama City from North, South, and Central America. The two wings of Tocumen Airport offer all the modern comforts and services visitors on Panama City flights would expect of an international airport. These include duty-free shops, multi-cuisine restaurants, a cafeteria, bank/ATM, car rental companies, hotel reservation desks, taxi and public bus services to the city, land/airside shopping outlets, and many other amenities.
Getting around this "crossroad of the world," one of the city's many nicknames, is easy. Panama City has a reliable network of public buses which crisscross the city. Dubbed "red devils" (diablos rojos in local lingo), these buses are both efficient and inexpensive. Taxis are another good option for travel between the city's main hot spots, but make sure the meter is used before entering one. Taxis are also available on call from authorized operators like Latino, America Libre, and Metro. A rental car is the most comfortable way to move around Panama City as it has the country's best roads.
Panama City has several attractions, including the world-renowned Panama Canal. If this engineering marvel tops your itinerary, two of the best places to view it are from the Soberania National Park and the Miraflores Locks. Other must-see places are the architectural treasures of Plaza Herrera and Plaza Bolivar, Calzada Island, El Casco Viejo (Spanish colonial-era sector), National Theater, President's Palace of the Herons, Mi Pueblito, Altar de Oro (Golden Altar), and Centro de Exhibiciones Marinas (Marine Museum). Cheap flights to Panama City are available for a major part of the year, a good incentive for budget tourists and families.
If the inexpensive airfare to Panama City is appealing, so will be the city's shopping, dining, and nightlife. The city is indeed "a shopping Mecca" or "bargainer's paradise" as local tour guides often call it. Among the many places to shop at are Vía España (Central Avenue), Centro Comercial Los Pueblos (arguably, Central America's largest mall), and Reprosa (for golden Huacas replicas). Popular night spots to drink, dine, dance or simply unwind at are located in the city's business district, Casco Viejo and Amador Causeway. These include Casablanca, Indigo, Loft, Las Bovedas, Martin Fierro Steakhouse, Relic, Riveira, Siete Mares, Zona Viva, and a multitude of casinos.
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