Top things to do in Panamá Province

Top Choice International in Playa El Palmar

Carlitos

On the Interamericana opposite the turnoff for Playa El Palmar, Carlitos cooks delicious Argentine-style empanadas (turnovers stuffed with meat, cheese or veggie mixes) as well as more elaborate main courses and thi…
Top Choice Seafood in Isla Taboga

London's Pier Bar & Grill

Our favorite new place for a bite and a sip, this English-owned seafront bar-restaurant with balcony seating serves excellent ceviche, cazuela de mariscos (seafood casserole) and cocktails. On Fridays, there's fish …
Museum in Panama Canal

Miraflores Visitors Center

The easiest way to visit the Panama Canal is to head to the Miraflores Visitors Center, located just outside Panama City. This modern center features a four-floor interactive museum that looks at the canal's history…
Park in Around Parque Nacional Soberanía

Panama Rainforest Discovery Center

Geared toward ecotourism and environmental education, this is an excellent facility for birdwatchers and nature-lovers. Since you are probably here to watch wildlife, it’s worth making an effort to roll out of bed e…
Park in Canal Zone

Parque Nacional Soberanía

This 195-sq-km national park is one of the most accessible tropical rainforests in Panama. It extends much of the way across the isthmus, from Limón on Lago Gatún to just north of Paraíso. It features hiking trails,…
Panamanian in Panama Canal

Atlantic & Pacific Co.

This upscale restaurant is worthy of the canal, though prices do reflect the exclusive setting. Serving New Panamanian cuisine and using local produce, it provides distinctive choices, and plenty of them, at the sum…
Village in Around Parque Nacional Soberanía

Katuma

The third most visited Emberá village in the park – and all the more interesting for that reason alone – is where you'll learn all about the history and culture of the Emberá people. Astronauts of the Apollo 11 miss…
Wildlife Reserve in Isla Taboga

Refugio de Vida Silvestre Islas Taboga y Urabá

This 258-hectare wildlife reserve was established in 1984 to protect a key avian habitat. Taboga and nearby Urabá are home to one of the world's largest breeding colonies of brown pelicans, with up to 10,000 here at…
Food in Panamá Province

Quesos Chela

The nondescript town of Campana, located 65km from Panama City, is home to this famous cheese shop, an institution that few Panamanian drivers can pass by without stopping in. It’s a simple shop that usually sells f…
International in Nueva Gorgona

La Ruina

For a leisurely bite, La Ruina serves stem glasses of ceviche (citrus-cured seafood) and authentic chicken curried with coconut rice bocatoreño-style. Sit outside at the leatherette booths and pass the time by chatt…