Known as the most cosmopolitan city in Central America, Panama City offers a rich and fascinating history, ranging from pre-Colonial Indian cultures to the Spanish empire to the building of the Panama Canal. Today, with its shimmering skyline of glass and steel skyscrapers, it is often referred to as the “Miami of the South,” a vibrant, multi-cultural city at the epicenter of two oceans and two continents.
While there is an abundance of chic fine dining restaurants and salsa clubs on Calle Uruguay, the Casco Viejo neighborhood’s beautifully preserved century-old buildings, cobble-stoned avenues and street vendors offer visitors a wonderful glimpse into Panama City’s past. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through Parque Recreativo Omar, a tranquil 140-acre downtown park. Like New York’s Central Park, but with palm trees, the park offers city dwellers a peaceful escape that also features an inspiring sculpture garden and the National Library.
When it comes to sampling the local flavor — literally — Panama City’s cuisine has something for every taste, including authentic local ceviche, Panamanian barbecue, tikka masala, Spanish tapas and dim sum. Take a short drive beyond the city limits and you’ll encounter a host of eco-adventures and activities, from trekking through tropical rainforests to cruising along the jungle on a train ride to Colón. For guests interested in experiencing the Panama Canal, several local tour operators offer a variety of day and overnight trips, that feature cruises through the Canal.
The Executive Hotel is located in the heart of Panama City’s financial district within easy walking distance of some of the best restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Our friendly staff is available to make tour recommendations, offer travel tips and assist with arrangements and transportation.