Explore Panama City from the Comfort of your rental car
Best known for its famous Panama Canal and professional athlete pedigree, this Central American city dates back to the early 16th century. Despite its deep roots, Panama City offers plenty of modern attractions to captivate today’s travelers. So pick up your Panama car rental at Panama International Airport and start exploring!
You can’t travel to Panama City and NOT see the Panama Canal. Located about 20 miles from the Panama International Airport, drive your Thrifty rental car to this iconic waterway that joins North and South America. The Canal provides passage to ships from all over the world and sees 13,000-14,000 vessels each year, an average of 40 a day. To learn more about this modern marvel of engineering, visit the Miraflores Locks Visitors Center.
For some of the best views of Panama City, drive your Thrifty rental car up Ancon Hill and gaze down at the majesty below. There are three great lookout points along the way from which to view the city — just watch out for walkers and joggers since the path is also popular with those on foot. In addition to great city views, it’s also common to see wildlife like sloths, armadillos and deer, as Ancon Hill now has protected status.
Drive your Thrifty rental car to Panama Viejo, or Old Panama, to see the ruins that remain from the first Spanish City on the Pacific Coast of the Americas. The city dates back to the early 16th century, so it’s easy to imagine standing amongst the ruins to join the expedition that conquered Inca Empire in Peru. While there was much more to the city, what remains today is what has endured after the pirate Henry Morgan and his men sacked the city in 1671.
With dazzling views of Panama City and the entrance to the Panama Canal, the Amador Causeway is best explored in the fresh air. So park your Thrifty rental car and rent a bike, or take a leisurely walk, and enjoy the views from this road made with rocks excavated from the Panama Canal. Along the causeway you’ll also find a variety of restaurants and what might be the best souvenir shop in the city.
For some of the freshest, most authentic Panamanian cuisine in Panama City, set the GPS in your Thrifty rental car to Calle 51 #22, Bellavista and dine at Las Tinajas. Named for an ancient piece of clay pottery used to keep drinking water fresh, Las Tinajas serves traditional Panamanian recipes made with fresh, local ingredients. If you come for dinner, make sure to catch the traditional folkdance performances offered every night (except Mondays) at 9 p.m.
For more than a souvenir, drive your Thrifty rental car to one of Reprosa’s three locations (Business District, Casco Viejo, Costa del Este) and discover beautiful jewelry inspired by the history and culture of Panama. Here you’ll find reproductions of Pre-Columbian Indian art, reproductions of Spanish Colonial jewelry and collections inspired by local flora and fauna. With a variety of goods — at all price ranges — you’ll find something to treasure, no matter your budget.