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Panama City on a budget

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Panama City on a budget
Panama City is generally an affordable vacation spot, one that offers far more value than today's travelers may come to expect. Check out some of our finds.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Mercado de Mariscos
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Mercado de Mariscos

Seafood plays a central role in Panama City dining—and no place captures it better than the Mercado de Mariscos. At this fish market, you’ll literally bump into fishermen carrying their catches and taking them to the many vendors inside. Be sure to order an affordable and super-fresh cup of ceviche on the first floor—or head to the super-casual but delicious sit-down seafood eatery... More

Seafood plays a central role in Panama City dining—and no place captures it better than the Mercado de Mariscos. At this fish market, you’ll literally bump into fishermen carrying their catches and taking them to the many vendors inside. Be sure to order an affordable and super-fresh cup of ceviche on the first floor—or head to the super-casual but delicious sit-down seafood eatery upstairs. Less

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Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)
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Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)

Located at the southern entrance of the Panama Canal and stretching nearly three kilometers into the Pacific Ocean, this popular causeway features many tourist-related venues and activities including hotels, restaurants, and jogging and biking trails.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Avenida Central
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Avenida Central

Six-block-long pedestrian mall that is lined with shops and restaurants.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
Teatro Nacional
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Teatro Nacional

This gorgeous and majestic National Theater was built in the early 20th century, and still retains its elegant charm. Today, its stage hosts classical music, theater and dance performances—and they’re incredibly affordable. If you can’t make one of the performances, at least make time to check out the beautifully restored and preserved space. 

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
Reprosa - Treasures of Panama
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Reprosa - Treasures of Panama

Panama's ancient civilizations, cultural traditions, and natural treasures come to life in gold and silver. See how the preHispanic masterpieces are made by the same method as the ancient goldsmiths. Following a video presentation, walk a catwalk to a casting demonstration and try your hand at the sand blasting process. Showroom at factory prices also includes the finest collection of... More

Panama's ancient civilizations, cultural traditions, and natural treasures come to life in gold and silver. See how the preHispanic masterpieces are made by the same method as the ancient goldsmiths. Following a video presentation, walk a catwalk to a casting demonstration and try your hand at the sand blasting process. Showroom at factory prices also includes the finest collection of Panamanian handicrafts. Highly recommended by major travel guides. $10 admission. Refreshments and "goodie bag" included. Monday thru Friday at 9.30am and 2.00pm. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours

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