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Panama City is the perfect base to explore the whole country. The city itself offers a huge variety of places of interest such as Spanish colonial ruins, green parks, museums, a breath-taking skyline and a modern infrastructure. Visit the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks and watch vessels manoeuvering through the narrow straits of the Panama Canal.
The historical centre of Panama City is the "Casco Viejo" (Old Quarter). It is a tranquil charming district of narrow streets overlooked by flower decorated balconies of two and three-storey houses. In the Casco Viejo lies French Park, a monument to the French builders who started the Panama Canal. Some superb museums are found in the Old Quarter, including the Canal Museum, which traces Panama's history. On the other side you can find the Museum of National History and the old cathedral, with shiny spires inlaid with mother-of-pearl. In the San Jose Cathedral nearby is the gorgeous Gold Altar, intricately carved of wood and gilded with gold. Another attractive building you should not miss is the Presidential House. At the southern entrance of the Panama Canal you will find the Amador Causeway. It is a beautiful and picturesque causeway, lined with palm trees and with magnificent views of both the Canal and the Panama City skyline. The causeway is also home of the Marine Exhibition Center of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI).
Panama City is set within the largest province of the country and is located on the Pacific side of Panama. The province has a long coastline, with beautiful beaches and offshore islands to explore as well as several national parks.
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December to March is generally considered the dry season. Temperatures rise in April and the rains arrive on the Pacific side from May to November. The Atlantic side has no specific dry season but there is less rainfall between March and September.
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