"It's Carnaval time" Top 5 Page for this destination Panamá City by Jim_Eliason

Panamá City Travel Guide: 483 reviews and 1,126 photos

I would highly recommend Panama City to anyone who wants to see authentic culture prior to the hoard of tourists coming in and commercializing it. Due to the canal, it has a very modern and western infrastructure but due to its status off the beaten path, it retains both its Hispanic and Indigenous roots.

I was lucky enough to be in Panama for the Carnaval. Unlike in New Orleans or in Rio, the Panama Carnaval is still very local and natural. Unfortunately I can only share about a 1/3 of the picture here. I can only show how colorful the carnaval is but it is nothing without music. And what music it was! My feet still move whenever I think of it.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Local, untouristy and very friendly.
  • Cons:Lack of English signs/menus, etc for tourists.
  • In a nutshell:Carnaval is a once in a lifetime experience!
  • Last visit to Panamá City: Feb 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    It seems to be nice to visit Panama at carnival time! I will visit for the first time later this year, but unfortunately not when it is carnival.

  • FRONA's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2007 at 11:17 PM

    Nice tips Jim! Did you go there in the rainy season? Thanks for sharing!

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2007 at 4:17 PM

    Great overview of Panama City and surrounds! I'm going here soon!

  • malianrob's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2006 at 6:29 PM

    Thanks for the interesting and beautiful pictures of Panama City. i am going there in Dec for a few days then on my way further south to Ecuador.

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2006 at 9:35 AM

    Very nice page on Panama City--it looks like it has much to offer! THANKS, Jim.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2006 at 2:28 AM

    Very interesting page on Panama Ciiy. I loved Panama!

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2005 at 6:36 AM

    It'll be a long time b4 I head here. Thanks for sharing!

  • el_ruso's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2005 at 8:34 PM

    Great photos and lots of good info. I hope to see Panama City some day, too.

  • travelife's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2005 at 2:26 PM

    wondeful Panama city. I would like to visit some day. Nice pics.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2005 at 1:22 PM

    hope to use your tips soon!


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