When you travel to Panama, you might go to the east coast, for example, to visit the San Blas Islands. The way to get there is usually to fly to the Tocumen Airport and after that you would need to go e.g. to the “Marcos A. Gelabert” International Airport (PAC). This airport is reserved for domestic flights. If you do this, you should know that there is often a limitation regarding to the luggage weight. When we went to Yandup Island, there were only 14 kg (30 lb) free for each person. For every kilo overweight you had to pay about $2 US-Dollar. Two bucks extra for each kilo doesn’t sound very much. But you would nevertheless carry all your stuff with you, and this can be quite annoying. So the best way to get rid of unnecessary luggage is to find some luggage storage in Panama City. My first thought was to leave our suitcases at the Panama Tocumen Airport.
Panama City is known for its malls, so you can do an extensive shopping there. But to be clear just from the beginning: for me it wasn’t worth it. Before I explain the reasons, let’s check three malls in Panama City. But first of all you should know that the prices in Panama are usually displayed excluding VAT. When you are from the United States, it is nothing new for you. But if you are, for example from Europe, you need to keep it in mind.
When I travel, I categorize the places where I go into two categories. The first one is a place where I could go back anytime because it was so exciting. The second category is a place which is exciting too, but to see it once, is quite enough. When I was about to go to Panama City, I was excited and looking forward for a lot of places of interest. But it turned out that this spot is actually not a tourist friendly place because there are not really much things to do in Panama City. For that reason Panama City landed on my “see it once is enough” list. Of course, it is just my opinion and someone other would disagree with that. So read on and make your own opinion. Actually there are only two of nameable tourist attractions in Panama City – the Old Panama, called Casco Viejo and the Metropolitan Natural Park. There are also a botanical garden and a museum. But for me it is not worth to be recommended. More about those two later. First I will tell you something about casco viejo and the park.
We started our journey in Munich via Atlanta City and arrived in Panama City about 9:30 pm. The whole journey lasted about 17 hours. When you want to fly from the States, for example Atlanta City, you can anticipate a flight duration about 4 hours.