Five Days in Panama City With Two Day Trip to San Blas Islands

Group 6 Panama City, San Blas, Panama
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About the location

Panama City, the capital of Panama, is the most modern-looking capital in Central America, framed by the Pacific Ocean and man-made Panama Canal. Panama City is one of Latin America’s hottest destinations year-round.
It is easily accessible. Panama is considered the bridge of the Americas and is only a 2.5 hour flight away from Miami, and 5 hours from New York City.

The Casco Viejo (also known as Casco Antiguo or San Felipe) is Panama City’s old quarter. Pastel Colonial homes adorned with balconies bursting with flowers and plants line its narrow pedestrian-friendly streets, making the district perfectly walkable.
Contrasting the archways and stucco walls of the historic quarter are the contemporary buildings that rise from the city’s business district.
You can't leave Panama without seeing one of the most significant accomplishments in Panama's history - The Panama Canal.

While some people just decide to visit Panama City for just a day or skip it all together before heading to one of the beach towns, it really is worth exploring.

I have been multiple times to Panama and I have included my personal experiences in a five-day stay itinerary in Panama City with a two day trip to the San Blas Islands.

Everything found in this guide is meant to give you options to build your ideal stay in Panama City, Panama, and save you a lot of time doing your own research.

Guide Highlights

Panama City should be on your next on your travel bucket list. It is one of Central America’s best-kept secret!

Panama City is very safe. It is both a modern and historic city with plenty of museums, shopping, and world-class restaurants.

Two Day Trip to San Blas Islands

The San Las Islands rank amongst the most spectacular beaches in the world. Live a true Robinson Crusoe experience!

Guide Summary

I have put together a guide to my favorite spots around Panama City and a two day trip to most beautiful islands nearby: San Las Islands.

Where to Stay 
I share the Airbnb I have stayed in the heart of Casco Viejo, as well as other accommodations around Panama City I have considered.

Where to Eat
Including breakfast and brunch, lunch, dinner, bars, breweries, and coffee shops in both the old and modern part of the City.

What to Do
There are so many exciting things to do in Panama City from Casco Viejo (the #1 visited neighborhood with beautiful ancient houses along alleys where you can walk through streets with vibrant street art) to the Panama Canal (the most significant accomplishments in Panama’s history). From the natural beauty of Parque Metropolitano to restaurants and coffee shops, breweries, and rooftop bars.

Five days detailed Itinerary including two day trip to the San Blas Islands

There is plenty to explore in Panama City to spend five full days there and at the beach at Taboga Island only 20 minutes boat ride away from the city. Something to consider enjoyed the crystal clear water from San Class Islands and take a two-day trip there. They rank amongst the most spectacular beaches in the world. 

Featured in this guide

Local food
Photo spots
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Group 31 Museums
Foodie favorites
Group 39 Art
Group 14 Hidden Gems
Group 32 Historical
Group 36 Shopping
Group 33 Walkable

Great for these trips

Cultural / Historical
Family with kids
Girls / Guys Trip
Family without kids
Romantic / Honeymoon
Active / Adventure
Weekend Getaway


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  • Guide Architect

    Emmanuel Laroche

    Emmanuel Laroche

    I am French & I have been living in the US since 2002. Once a year I go somewhere I have never been before! I love travels and I love food.

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