Today's Panama City is a very cosmopolitan city, with a beautiful skyline of gleaming skyscrapers basking in tropical sunlight. It is a vibrant, energetic city, day and night.
Founded in 1,519 it was burned down in 1,671 during an attack by the pirate Henry Morgan. Many of its ruins, known as Old Panama City, remain standing, specially its beautifully preserved Tower which is the symbol of today's Panama.
The City was moved to what is called "Casco Viejo", a walled in city of beautiful old and restored houses, with narrow streets and a mix of Spanish and French influences. It has great restaurants, bars and old town charm.
Today the City extends on a gentle curve going east from the Canal, and has as its south border the Pacific Ocean. Panama City has the added bonus of having several National Parks right on the northern city borders, and just minutes away from the Hotel.
It boasts an exciting night life with fine restaurants, bars and clubs and night clubs. Areas such as Marbella, Casco Viejo and Amador are a delight for bar hoppers and restaurant goers.
A city of over 1 million people, it is one of the most important international finance and insurance centers in Latin America, and of course a center for the maritime industry.
The ethnic variety of Panama is very present in its Capital City. It grew because of Panama's importance as a trade center and the building of the Trans Continental Railroad in 1845 and the Panama Canal. This variety imparts the city with its own charm, and the chance of meeting people from all over the globe.
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