Luxury holidays in Panama City
Days in pastel-hued Panama City start slow, but come evening – when temperatures drop – and beach bodies have retired their surfboards for the day, the city comes to life. Sounds of salsa fill cobbled streets, rooftop bars bustle, admirers watch the cityscape sunset, and the whirring of slot machines seeps from the city’s storied casinos. Wander restored colonial Casco Viejo, admire the Pacific’s shimmering shores from the Cinta Costera promenade, or take a – rather demanding – walk to the top of Cerro Ancón for vast city views. If you’re seeking a day away from the city, spend the day jaguar-spotting at the local Camino de Cruces park.
When to go
Panama City’s rainy season runs from May to December, making January to mid-April the best time to visit. Every year for four days after Ash Wednesday, the city hosts Carnaval; a fare-filled festival with local dance shows and live music throughout.