Panamá – the capital of a single country on the Gulf of the Pacific Ocean, just east of the Panama Canal. It is the main city of Panama in all aspects of life. One-third of the countrys population lives there. Sometimes the name Panama City is used to distinguish the name of the city and the country. The city has an almost universal equilibrium climate with a uniform, year-round temperature pattern and a pronounced rainy season that runs from May through mid-December.
Panama was founded by the Spanish in 1519. It was almost immediately the starting point for research on the Pacific coast, an expedition to South America (particularly Pera) and a transit point for shipping gold to Spain. In 1671 the pirate Henry Morgaine and his band of 1,400 men attacked and destroyed the rich Panama, which soon turned into a great fire. In 1673, Panama was rebuilt, but on a new site, 7 kilometers southwest of the ruined city. A new phase of Panamas development began in the mid-19th century with the discovery of gold in California. Panama becomes a transit port on the west coast of the United States. The construction of the Panama Canal (opened in 1920) had an enormous impact on the citys infrastructure, transforming Panama City into one of the most vital ports on the planet.
Panama – a well-known international bank used in particular for laundering money. However, Panama Viejos capital – its a modern, rapidly developing city with many interesting places to visit.
Panama Viejo – a frequent tourist destination that is home to the remains of the ruined city of Morgán. The old part of present-day Panama is called San Felipe. It contains the main landmarks of the Colonial era: churches, monasteries, administrative buildings (now museums), and plazas. The new quarters also feature a wealth of cultural facilities. Among them are the St. John Hosse, Don Bosco and Delle Crème, the Place de la Place de France, the Monastery of St. Jean Francis and the Palace of the Presidency. The modern architectural masterpieces are the non-breaking bridges across the Panama Canal to the north from Panama City: the Two Américas Bridge (1962) and the Centennial Bridge (2004).
In spite of the high pollution in the water around the Panama Canal, the areas around Panama City are dotted with baunty beaches. The city has a zoo, an aquarium, a botanical garden & ‖Sammit‖; and the Natural Parks of Metropolitano and Soboria.
- Air quality: 91 US AQI Moderate. Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
- Tap water: No, not drinkable
- Religious government: Non-religious
- Population: 37,000 people
- GDP: $13,680 / year
- Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
- Power outlets: 115V115V60Hz
- Internet: 17 Mbps
- Best wireless: Movistar
- Tipping: In Panama, it is customary to tip at least 10% of the total cost of the treatment. However, if you received exceptional service, you may wish to tip a little extra. Of course, this is always greatly appreciated.
- Apartment listings: Compreoalquile
- Apartments: Airbnb
- Hotels: Booking.com
- More hotels: Hotels.com
- Best taxi: Uber
- Best coworking space: CascoStation
- Best hospital: Punta Pacifica
- Best short-haul air carrier: Air Panama
- Best intl air carrier: Copa Airlines
- Monthly costs for expat: $2800
- Monthly costs for family: $5600
- Monthly costs for local: $1600
- Meal: $7
- Small Cola: $1.5
- Beer 1 Pint: $3.5
- Coffee: $2.5
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