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101 Exciting Things to do in Panama! - 45-53: Near Panama City

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101 Exciting Things to do in Panama!
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1-32: Panama City
33-44: Casco Viejo
45-53: Near Panama City
54-56: Kuna Yala Comarca
57-58: Province of Darien
59-65: Province of Colon
66-70: Province of Cocle
71-74: El Valle de Anton
75-80: Province of Veraguas
81: Province of Herrera
82-84: Province of Los Santos
85: Ngobe Bugle Comarca
86-92: Province of Chiriqui
93-94: Province of Bocas del Toro
95-98: The Perl Islands
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45-53: Near Panama City


45) Board The Calypso Queen to Isla Toboga for brunch. This 45 minute, 12 nautical mile trip is half the fun - it cruises past the southern entrance to the Panama Canal and under the 'Bridge of The Americas' on it's way  to 'The Flower Island'. You may see dolphins and if you are very lucky, humpback whales on the way. There are no cars on this floral paradise. The church on the island claims to be the second oldest church in the  Western Hemisphere (the town was founded in 1524). For info on places to eat or stay on Isla Tobago



  • The Calypso Queen departs from Isla Naos beside the Marine Exhibition Center on the Amador Causeway (8:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mon's./Wed's/Fri's, and 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sat./Sun./Holidays.
  • $10 adult, $7 kids and  pensionados (retirees)
  • Tel: 314- 1730/ 390- 2403



46) Cruise the Panama Canal with:


  • Panama Marine Adventures -  A partial transit is 4 - 5 hours, departs Flamenco Yacht Club at 10 A.M. Partial transit cost is $115 for adults, $65 for children under 12. Full transit (8 - 9 hours with return transport back to Panama City provided) $165 and $75 for under 12 years. 300 passengers, two air conditioned decks, open viewing decks, souvenir shop, lunch included (chicken, pasta, salad and brownie, free water and soda). Cash bar.  Go on a Thursday or Friday when it is less crowded. 
  • Panama Bay and Canal Tours. 3 boats holding 105 or 132 passengers or the flagship Fantasia del Mar holding 500 passengers. They were the first company to do canal tours. Their prices and services are the same as Panama Marine except they have a discount for Panamanians. 


47) Have lunch at Miaflores Locks terrace restaurant while you watch the ships transit the canal, pulled by four electric locomotives called 'mules'. Restaurant (pretty good) operated by the El Panama Hotel. Make a  reservation in advance to sit by the railing so you  can get an unobstructed view during your meal. The entire one mile long dock is lit up for  night-time viewing as well. Entrees $7 - $20. Located on the third floor of  the four-story Visitors Center. Museum


  • Entry fee: adults $10, students $5 (with valid I.D.)
  • Open 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Tel: 276-8325.



48) Surf's up! Surf or go kite sailing in Punta Chame on the Pacific beaches near Panama City.


  • Tel: 6674- 7772.


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49) Take your significant other to a push/pull. These “motels” are drive-in sex hotels where you pull up, put money in a drawer, and when the doors open you drive into and park in what looks like a self-storage unit. The  door to your unit closes and there is a hotel room inside. When you are ready to leave you get back in your car, push the button to open your unit and pull up to the gate and beep your horn to have the exit gates  opened, never having seen a human being. Bring your own sheets. With names like “Fantasia” or “La Amore”, these love-nests are usually located right off a highway and identified by a heart in either the logo or in the name.


50) Go 'glow in the dark” bowling Saturday nights at Bolos El Dorado $5-$600 a game, all night $6 after 9 P.M. on Sat. Super Centro El Dorado, Via Ricardo J. Alfredo.


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  • Tel: 260- 2511/  260- 7868



51) Bet on the ponies: Presidente Remon Racetrack has horse racing every Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Look for the signs for The Hippodrome on Juan Diaz.


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  • Tel: 300 -  2673/ 300 - 2674



52) Play on the ponies - Polo in Panama! The Hacienda Country Club has just completed a full equestrian facility just 20 minutes from The City. Tucked away in the cool hills of Cerro Azul, season riders and beginners  alike can enjoy riding  lessons, practice show jumping or play polo. The Panamanian Polo Association holds Saturday tournaments from  January to April. International polo tournament are being planned.




53) Visit the wild monkeys and crocodiles on the Gatun Safari Tour. This is not a hokey jungle boat cruise - listen when they tell you not to hold the whole bag of treats out to the monkeys. We saw a tourist get his hat taken  and almost lost his glasses and his camera when he ignored the tour guide! Crocodile sightings, typical local lunch, trek to a waterfall, kayaks, fishing, nature walk, transport to and from your hotel all included.  Adventuras 2000


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  • Tel: 227- 2000.



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