Panama: Family Holiday
Miami of the South
With a multitude of attractions, beautiful settings, museums and fun activities on offer, there is plenty for kids and adults alike on a family holiday in the Panama City. Find your feet with a City tour, it only takes about two and a half hours and gives you a good bearing of the city and its landmarks. A typical city tour will take in the ruins of Old Panama, Colonial Panama (El Casco Viejo) as well as the modern sections. Also be sure to take a tour of the world-famous Canal area, which can be combined with the city tour. Both partial and full transits are available, depending on the dates.
Further afield is Mi Pueblito - an exact replica of a small interior town at the turn of the century. Government offices, shops, a school and a tiny church surround a cobblestone plaza, complete with fountain. A museum devoted to the “pollera,” Panama’s national dress, and folklore shows are offered every Thursday. Recent additions have been replicas of an Afro-Antillean village and dwellings of the Kuna and Choco Indians. For families vacationing in Panama who fancy getting back to nature, Eco-Touring tours in the Metropolitan National Park are highly recommended.
The Metropolitan National Park, situated only 15 minutes from downtown Panama City, is the most accessible rainforest in the region. It is the only tropical forest in Latin America located inside a major urban centre. And this is to say nothing of Panama's stunning natural attractions, which include virgin rainforests and palm-fringed beaches, which lie less than an hour from the heart of the downtown. Panama City is geared for tourism, so there are many types of holiday accommodation available for a stress-free family holiday. Food is plentiful and very varied in Panama City with many restaurants, cafes and ice cream bars scattered around the city. Overall, a family break to the Panama City makes for a great holiday, and one that your family will never forget.