Panama City Region: Vibrant Mix of Old and New

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Handsome, historic and fun-loving Panama City, long known for its capital treats, such as great shopping, fine dining and nonstop nightlife, is humming with energy as a boom-town for business and investment, conferences and conventions.

Keeping attendees engaged day and night is a meeting planner’s delight here in a place that offers something for everyone. History buffs will love the capital’s rich history on view among the ruins of Panama La Vieja, and along the cobbled streets or atop the battlements of the Casco Viejo colonial quarter. Nature lovers will be enchanted by the Metropolitan Park or Parque Natural Metropolitano, covering 655 acres and the only protected tropical forest within city limits in the Americas.

If shopping is their bag, traditional craft boutiques and well-stocked malls filled with familiar retail names abound in Panama City. Great places to dine are plentiful serving typical Panamanian dishes and cuisines from around the world: Argentina and Cuba, Lebanon and Thailand are particularly well represented. For those who want to continue the party late until the evening, there’s no limit on fun with a wide selection of nightclubs, discos and casinos ready to entertain.

And, then, of course, there’s The Panama Canal, no doubt the country’s biggest draw. The famous waterway – sometimes referred to as The Eighth Wonder of the World – is an attraction in itself, not to mention the energetic scene that surrounds it, where business combines with pleasure to include fine dining, museum attractions, and top-notch hotels.

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