Top Things to do in Panama City on a Budget

Top Things to do in Panama City on a Budget

As PCV’s we’re always looking for the cheapest things to do and since we’ve lived relatively close to the city during PST we had many weekends of exploring. Here is a compiled list of top things to do in Panama City on a budget!

  1. Wander Casco Viejo: With Spanish Colonial buildings, Casco Viejo is filled with rich history everywhere. Be sure to grab a snowcone for $0.50 from one of the cart vendors! They fill a giant styrofoam cup with shaved ice, freshly squeezed passion fruit juice, and drizzle with icing.
  2. Grab a pint from La Rana Dorada: One of the best (and cheapest) places to grab a beer and pizza in the city during Happy Hour on Saturdays from 12 PM – 6 PM when all the house beers are half-off. The location in Casco Viejo is preferred over Via Argentina because it has a more open, inviting feel.
  3. Eat ceviche in Mercado de Mariscos: Nothing beats a meal of fresh ceviche for $3 and $1 beers to go with it! There are so many combinations, from shrimp to octopus to sea bass with a plethora of vegetables mixed in.
  4. Get a haircut on 5 de Mayo Street: Getting off the metro at 5 de Mayo, there are shipping containers blasting music, all lined up along the street and converted into spots where locals give haircuts. You can get the latest Panamanian styles for $5 and can even add-in designs.

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