About Dana B
Lives in Lake Garda, Italy
Since Feb 2015
35-49 year old female
Enjoy. Hang loose. Feel. Let it flow. Style. Impress. Share emotions. Fly. Live. Follow your instinct. Inspire. Touch. Jump. Reach. Laugh. Keep on moving. Progress. Be fascinated. Be excited. Smile. Love. Be chic. Relax. Be conscious. Reflect. Lose it. Motivate. Feel the sunshine. Celebrate. Surf. Be.
Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas
Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites
Other Outdoor Activities
Flea & Street Markets
Mass Transportation Systems
Points of Interest & Landmarks
The old town neighborhood of Panama City is colorful, well-maintained, and offers excellent view points of its rivals — the imposing skyscrapers that form the modern city's skyline. A World Heritage Site since 1997, the area invites you to walk its vibrant streets, admire its renovated antique homes, and search for indigenous handicrafts. The sharp contrast of old and new is slowly becoming more evident, especially as large parts of the Casco Viejo are being turned into luxury resorts. See it while you can!
While in the Casco Viejo, regardless of your chosen route, the one thing you cannot miss is the Metropolitan Cathedral. It stands over Plaza de la Independencia, where Panama declared its independence in 1903, and any one of the eloquent paths you trek in the old quarter is likely to lead you there. Even though the cathedral originally took more than 100 years to build, it had been totally abandoned until 2003 when it was restored to the pristine state that you can find it in today. The inside is far from being amply decorated, but it is still worth a visit for the marble altar.
Whether you still need to eat breakfast or you're simply looking for an extra shot of caffeine to boost your energy levels, spoil yourself with one more stop in the heart of the old city before moving on to pastures new. This tapas place has a friendly atmosphere, and while it celebrates Panamanian cuisine, there are some international flavors intentionally thrown in for fun. Only a two-minute walk from the Cathedral Square, Tantalo Kitchen should definitely be next on your list!
No need to go to local zoos, no need to get tangled in jungle creepers, Panama City has been endowed with wilderness right in the middle of its urban center: A 30-minute hike up Ancon Hill will reward you with an unbeatable change of scenery from the rush and tumult of the metropolis. Watch closely as you trek, and you may notice several species of birds, butterflies, beautiful orchids, playful monkeys, and if you're lucky, maybe even a sloth. And then, once you're all the way up, you can admire the oceanfront highway, the financial district and the Panama Canal, all from the quietness of the top of this natural gem.
Having already had several opportunities to admire the modern CBD from above, now it's time to follow the coastal belt, known as the Cinta Costera, and get up close to it in person. Locals follow the same path (that runs the length of this belt) when they go out to exercise, stroll hand in hand, or take their kids out to the playgrounds. Lining the gentle ocean, by following the avant-garde boardwalk, you'll see exactly how two crucial parts of the city, Casco Viejo and Punta Paitilla, are now elegantly connected.
Local flavors have always been a priority on my to-do list whenever I visit a new city, and Panama's fish market is no exception. This seafood paradise is located on the Cinta Costera, just before the entrance to Panama's old city, and boasts the freshest fish in town at very reasonable prices. A highly spirited atmosphere, with vendors shouting in an attempt to be the first to sell their catch, this true open air market will make you feel the authentic heartbeat of Central America!
If you are trying to see the most iconic sites in Panama City in a limited amount of time, the metro will soon become your best friend: It's time-efficient, safe, clean, and really cheap. I always prefer to mingle with the locals and use the public transport - while the leather cushioning in your rental car will spoil you, the cold door handle of the subway will make your blood tremble with excitement for the world it is about to reveal at its next station.
The day is almost coming to an end, and we all know that when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping! Albrook Mall is not just a showcase of international brand stores, but a true experience in itself. With over 700 shops, 100-plus restaurants, a casino, cinema, supermarket, banks and beauty salons; plus an entertainment area with bowling lanes, pool tables, and slot machines, it rightly deserves its excellent ratings. A genuine 'one-stop-shop,' this place has something for everyone.
Congratulations! You have made it to one of the world's most important civil engineering wonders, a 77 kilometer (48 mile) long waterway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The most visited canal viewpoint is Miraflores Locks, being the easiest to reach from Panama City, and also boasting a modern visitor center with simulator, museum, and explanatory films. All ships crossing the Miraflores Locks are lifted in two phases, and they all pass under the Bridge of the Americas, which connects North and South America.
The concept behind Maito restaurant mirrors the history of the Panama Canal, as it incorporates all the various ethnicities involved in its construction. As the young gourmet chef likes to say, all of the people that passed through left behind a bit of their culture. Here, the result is a distinctive Panamanian fusion cuisine, where local herbs and vegetables grown in the restaurant's onsite organic garden are mixed with refreshing world wide flavors.