A hopeless romantic’s guide to Panama City

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Famous for its quaint skyline and man-made canal, Panama City offers romance around every corner of its bustling streets. It’s easy to get swept away as you adore the sights, sounds, and aroma of this beautiful city. So fuel your getaway with passion using this guide to the city’s charming landmarks, enchanting walks, and seductive nightlife.

Take a scenic walk

Balboa Statue, Panama City

Balboa statue – Source: Flickr

This coastal beltway links Panama City’s urban jungle to its historic retreat: Casco Antiguo. On this path, you’ll find the famous statue of adventurer and conquistador Vasco Nuñez de Balboa holding a sword and the Spanish flag atop a sculpted earth and white stairs. During your walk, be sure to keep an eye out for a large analog clock set over a lush bed of brightly colored flowers; Panama City’s famous fish market and docked fishing boats painted in yellow, green, and blue hues; and well-manicured gardens around every bend.

Conquer the Latin heat with a traditional Panamanian snow cone along the way and share the path with lovebirds, runners, and adorable dogs. Lined with palm trees overlooking the bay and city skyline, the green Balboa Avenue route and picturesque views will leave you smitten.


Fall in love

Ancon Hill, Panama City

Ancon Hill – Source: Flickr

Begin your love affair with Panama’s colonial haven exploring the historic streets of the old quarter. Casco Antiguo’s Spanish architecture, town square and landmark cathedral, and surrounding sea views provide a quaint setting for journaling, photography, and reflection.

If you’re feeling energetic, take a 30-minute hike up to Ancon Hill (Cerro Ancón) for a breathtaking vista of the city, sea, and Bridge of the Americas. Afterwards, have lunch and relax seaside while cuddled in a woven swing chair at Casco Antiguo’s Finca del Mar. Overlooking the ocean, this restaurant’s lighthearted music, flirty cocktails, and eclectic décor is perfect for a well-deserved day off.

Spend the evening dancing at Teatro Amador, one of Panama’s first theaters built in 1908. Now restored as an event venue, Teatro Amador’s electrifying show calendar, vintage design, and open dance floor is a captivating setting for your own version of Dirty Dancing. If you prefer city views to dancing, head to the Tantalo Roofbar, which overlooks Panama City’s vibrant lights under a blanket of night sky.


Indulge in a taste

Places to Eat in Panama City

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Visit Restaurante Tinajas for dinner and an entertaining dance performance in the city, and feel your heart flutter at the sound of Latin rhythm. Matching the building’s rustic exterior, the evening performers pay homage to their countryside roots while adorned in traditional folk clothing.

Watch hand-stitched dresses flow with the serenading swing of Spanish music. You’re sure to enjoy the flavors of traditional Panamanian cuisine in this lively space—just don’t be surprised if you notice your body start to dance in your seat and feet tap to African-inspired beats.


Treat yourself

No perfect day is complete without rest and rejuvenation. Visit the Spa at the InterContinental Miramar Panama at the InterContinental Miramar Panama and choose from an array of beauty and massage treatments to end your day. With a sauna, steam bathing, and a full-day package option, your Panama City vacation will feel like a storybook getaway.

Romance can be found anywhere you look in Panama City. So head out of your hotel, wander the city, and allow the city to sweep you and that special someone off your feet.

From falling in love to rekindling the flame, this is the place to be. Plan your trip to Panama City, or find other romantic destinations.

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