Activities for a Rainy Day in Panama City

What to Do in Panama City When it Rains

Best Activities for a Rainy Day in Panama City

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  • David A
    3 contributions
    Pedro is a great guide. He is fluent in English and knows the undiscovered Panama that you do not see in the guidebooks.
    Written May 19, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • lightningboy
    Surrey, Canada2,735 contributions
    Fellow TripAdvisors recommended 8am was the best time for Atlantic bound ships and 2pm for Pacific bound ships. We made an online reservation for 8am and when we showed up, we were told there are no ships passing through until the afternoon. I had read in the forums that one could view a schedule of ships passing through, but I searched everywhere and could not find such a list. So we went back to Panama City and returned in the afternoon. They never asked to see our reservation and just bought our tickets and entered. Parts of the Visitor’s Center were closed due to Covid. But the observation deck was really what I came for.

    It is an amazing site to see the locks in operation. I debated whether going through the locks by boat would be better than viewing the locks from land. After experiencing the Miraflores Visitors Center, I feel it was a good choice after taking into consideration the time and cost of the boat trip. We spent a little over 2 hours there and watched three ships pass through. It was a fascinating experience and should not be missed. I would have given a 5 Excellent rating if the full Visitor Center was open and if I could view the schedule of ships passing through.
    Written April 8, 2022
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  • watersprite716
    Eugene, OR13 contributions
    I used the Metro to get around in Panama City. Note that it IS possible to get from the PTY airport to downtown, but there requires a short bus ride from the airport to take you to the Metro station. Fellow passengers were friendly and willing to help with directions in Spanish or English. They all wanted me to enjoy Panama City!
    Written March 9, 2022
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  • Mdryovage
    San Francisco, California4 contributions
    This museum has a description of environmental issues explaining climate change and biological history of species evolution between North America and South America. It was well paced for all ages.
    Written May 6, 2022
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  • ajnavy04
    Denver, CO212 contributions
    Standard Western style shopping mall. Has all the big brands and a large food court. This is one of the largest malls on earth, so if malls are your thing, this is worth a visit.
    Written May 16, 2022
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  • lizakq
    Naguabo1,055 contributions
    I'm not one to go to malls that much but I can say this one is pretty big and with lots of high quality stores. It didn't feel crowded.
    Written April 9, 2022
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN1,407 contributions
    Located in historic and beautiful Casco Viejo at the Plaza de la Independencia, this is an excellent and well-organized museum telling not only the story of the Canal but also the history of Panama. I dislike involving political views, but I'm obligated to strongly disagree with some of the previous reviews. The integral role the US played in building the Canal is well documented in the museum. It might be hard to stomach but sadly the reality in that black laborers from the Caribbean were paid at a lower rate and treated like second class citizens which is not at all surprising considering the way Blacks were treated in the US in the early 1900s. Sadly, segregation was an accepted policy until the Civil rights movement in the 1960s. Our history is filled with wonderful accomplishments but many failures as well. I would recommend purchasing the audio tour. Most of the exhibit is in both Spanish and English on the first floor but there is less in English on the upper floors. Timed ticket purchased in advance was required when I visited in October 2021.
    Written May 18, 2022
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN1,407 contributions
    Ruins of the original settlement near Panama City destroyed by the pirate Henry Morgan in the 1600's. Nice strolling amongst the ruins and climbing to the top of the church tower. Museum was closed due to Covid when I visited. Allow 1-2 hr for the visit. If you're short on time, Casco Viejo, Miraflores Locks and a trip to Monkey Island on Gatun lake should all be a priority over a visit here. $15 entrance fee.
    Written May 18, 2022
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  • abrelascajas
    Tijuana, Mexico236 contributions
    If you are staying at the hotel Crowne Plaza Panama (in which I do not recommend that anybody stays at) then please double to your left and go straight and the church will be on your right hand side.
    Written March 19, 2022
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN1,407 contributions
    A visit to The Church of San Jose should be included when visiting Casco Viejo. Much legend about this church and most of it likely untrue but the golden altar from the 1700s in stunning.
    Written May 18, 2022
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  • psblin
    Palm Coast, FL3,124 contributions
    Parking can be a problem at many of the malls in Panama. Not here. Close to the airport and it has some great stores.
    Written September 21, 2019
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN1,407 contributions
    Beautiful church in Casco Viejo near the pleasant Plaza Bolivar. I was not able to go inside when I visited in October 2021 but still beautiful from outside.
    Written May 19, 2022
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN1,407 contributions
    One of Casco Viejo's oldest buildings. This church dates back to 1680 and was originally situated in Panama Viejo which is now a ruin after it was destroyed by the pirate Henry Morgan. The church was moved stone by stone to the current site.
    Written May 19, 2022
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  • Kathy S
    73 contributions
    Great view, great service. Weekdays has 2 for 1 margaritas. And nachos very good.
    Don’t miss this spit in Panama City!!!
    Written February 9, 2020
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  • Lightdiv
    Paramaribo, Suriname55 contributions
    A nice average size mall with cheaper prices than some other places. Located opposite the Hard Rock Hotel.
    Written October 13, 2019
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