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Layover in Panama City headed to Costa Rica

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Layover in Panama City headed to Costa Rica

Can anyone tell me if I would have enough time to see the Canal and and other nice places (perhaps around dinner time) in Panama City if arriving at 2:30p in the afternoon in PC? Our flight leaves the following morning at 8am. We're planning a trip around mid-July and not sure when the sun sets before it's dark to see anything. What time does the sun usually set at this time of year, and is it rainy season? What time does dinner usually start and restaurants close?

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Layover in Panama City headed to Costa Rica

Panama being in the tropics and having only two seasons: rainy & dry our daylight hours are pretty much the same year round. By 18:00 things start to get dark, there is still sun but by 19:00 it is surely dark.

You arrive at 14:30, would probably take you another 45 minutes to pass immigration & customs plus about 45 minutes to an hours to get to your hotel in the city (traffic is VERY congested in Panama city nowadays), that is assuming you already have a hotel reservation.

If you want to visit the Panama Canal (Miraflores Locks) you would have to HURRY because it is only open until 4:30 PM (www.pancanal.com/eng/acp/cvm/index.html). If not then a few kilometers more down the road there is Pedro Miguel locks where you can see some of the passing ships (if any) but there is no visitor's center or exhibits there, just a parking place.

You could also visit the Ruins of Old Panama (Panama Viejo) but keep in mind the the park (where the ruins are) is open until 6 PM whereas the Museum (about 400 meters away) is open until 5 PM. You buy a ticket for either the park only or park + museum, if you go there buy it according to your available time. The museum is not that big, it is very nice but I am afraid all the text in the captions is in Spanish.

Plenty of dinner location possibilities but that depends on where you will be staying. Visit PanamaVibes.com for more information about Panama.

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2. Re: Layover in Panama City headed to Costa Rica

Unless you arriving on Sunday, not really enough time to see canal, you might make it by 4pm if you were lucky.

Just have dinner in Casco Viejo, walk the streets a bit, possibly then take a cab to the Causeway for a drink, firm there you can see the entrance of the canal and possibly a number a ships transiting.

The Balboa Yacht club restaurant, has great views, but can' t recommend the food or service, but nice place to have a drink with a view of the canal

Edited: 18 May 2013, 12:58
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3. Re: Layover in Panama City headed to Costa Rica

Sunset 6.40 pm - timeanddate.com/worldclock/astronomy.html…

Some restaurants close at 10 pm.

And yes, that is rainy seasons.

Edited: 19 May 2013, 06:46
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