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Why You Should Visit Panama City

The Panama Canal is often the first thought that people have of the nation of Panama. Part of the canal does go through Panama City, creating a unique park space for those who love to watch ships.

This city dates to 1519, however, and has been one of the most important trade cities in the region since its establishment. After being destroyed by Henry Morgan in 1671, it would be rebuilt in its current location in 1673.

Panama City is host to two world heritage sites. Old Panama incorporates the remaining vestiges of the city when it was originally founded in the 16th century. The historic district, called Casco Viejo or Casco Antiguo, offers a mix of architectural styles throughout 800+ buildings from the conception of the city’s rebuilding.

Make your way to The Vaults, which is a waterfront promenade, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Incorporated into the promenade ae the old stone dungeons of the old city, which is how the area got its name.

One of the newer areas of the city, Amador Causeway, is a developing area for nightlife opportunities. A small Smithsonian museum and station operates off Naos Island and is open to the public at Culebra Point. A Frank Gehry museum, the architect behind the famous Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, opened on the causeway in 2014.

Accessing points outside of the city can be difficult, but Panama City offers numerous exploration opportunities that are perfect for any visitor. Find your way here and the beauty of the city will take your breath away.

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