Things to do for Free in Panama City, Panama

By Tim Kroeger November 8, 2013 Best Things To Do In, Central America, Panama

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Walk along the waterside promenade, watch people dancing and get to know local inhabitants. Often it are the small things that make your day special.

1. Walk along the waterside promenade 

The waterside promenade in Panama City is a lively place and connects downtown with the old city of Panama. It is predestinated for walks and a good place to relax and meet up with friends.


2. Explore the fishmarket

At the end of the promenade is the fishmarket of Panama city situated. You can smell it already from far away but you should still go. It is an interesting place and for small money you can get a really good lunch. I recommend to try Cerviche.

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3. Watch one of the local dance groups practicing

While walking along the waterside promenade you will see many groups of people dancing or doing sports together. Take some time watching them and enjoy the nice atmosphere. Maybe you have the chance to speak to some local people. Mostly it are the small things that make your trip special.

4. Sightseeing in the old City (Casco Viejo)

Casca Viejo is the old City of Panama City and is since 2003 a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Side. In a relatively small area there are many places of interest like Plaza de Francia, Plaza de la Independencia, San Francisco Church, National Theater, Panama Canal Museum, the Metropolitan Cathedral and many typical houses. I recommend to rent a bike, it is not for free but pretty cheap and probably the best way to discover Casco Viejo.

5. Explore the city by night

Go out of your hotel and enjoy Panama City by night. From the waterside promenade you can see many illuminated buildings.

6. Meet new people

The people in Panama city are friendly and just wonderful. Not least because of them Panama is one of my favourite cities.

On the waterside promenade I have met this group of people. They are students and had the wonderful idea to give away free hugs.



Cheap Flights:

My top choice is You can easily search for the best fares over 30 days or see where you can go on your budget. My favorite airline is Qatar Airways, I especially like the on-demand menu in Business Class. 

Hotel Deals:

I would recommend checking out It is one of the leading hotel sites with worldwide more than 500,000 hotels. Other sites I check are and Expedia. Trusted Housesitters connects you with home and pet owners who need a sitter when going away. Another great option is Airbnb – Use this link to get $40 off your first stay. Visit TripAdvisor for hotel reviews.

More Panama Internet Resources:

  1. Day trips from Panama City.

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