Things to do
Most travelers don’t think about staying a few extra days in Panama City on their way to/from the islands or the ‘interior’. But Panama City and its surroundings have a lot to offer. You can easily spend 3-5 days in Panama City without getting bored.
See our Travel Guide section for more specific details.
Day Tours The tours below offer pick up and drop off from the hotel. Full day adventure with transport and lunch included. There are many other options please visit there web site for details on tours and pricing.
Jungland Panama www.junglelandpanama.com
Whale Watching. www. whalewatchingpanama.com
Embera village tour. www.emberavillagetours.com
Sanblas 2 day tour. Please contact in advance if you are interested in a Sanblas tour. We have contacts on the island to help make your trip.
Want to visit the beach? Visit Isla Taboga 30 min fast ferry( $20.00 return) which is a short taxi ride to the ferry landing from the hotel , see
www. tabogaexpress.com for information .
Contadora (perla islands)
A nice 1-day trip to Santa Clara beach (just over a 1.5 hr drive on a nice 4-lane highway) is one option.
For an afternoon trip, Veracruz beach is another possibility – make sure you go to the Veramar Restaurant. If you have small kids AND a rental car, this is a good option (20-minute ride). Also with the new highway to Colon ready, a whole new coastline opens up for day trips. From Balboa to the Gatun locks (see picture below) it’s less than a 1 hour drive. Cross the locks and visit Ft. Lorenzo and one of its 2 nearby beaches