Cinta Costera, Panama City

Cinta-CosteraThe Cinta Costera, or “Coastal Beltway” in English, is a 26-hectare land reclamation project undertaken in Panama City, Panama. It cost $189 million and was completed in 2009. It starts near the Plaza Patillia Inn and goes to Plaza Bolivar.

Plaza Bolívar is a plaza surrounded by many of Panama City’s architectural landmarks, such as the San Francisco de Asis Church and the National Theater. It’s also home to many of the city’s famed restaurants.

It’s a nice walk, but one best taken in the early morning or towards evening when the sun isn’t as intense. Of course if you don’t mind exerting yourself when the temperature is hovering between 35 and 40 degrees Celsius, anytime of the day will work for you. Be warned though, there’s virtually no shade to use to hide from the sun.

The area is safe, with lots of families enjoying time together, skaters and skateboarders, joggers and other people there to have fun under the sun. The grass is immaculate and well maintained. There is surprisingly little litter anywhere, which means the the city’s administration is committed to keeping Cinta Costera an area to be enjoyed by visitors and a landmark resident can be proud of.

There are a few vendors selling food, drinks and souvenirs along the walkway. However, not as many as one would think there would be at a major tourist attraction. This may be because the city has limited granting licenses, or maybe there just isn’t enough commerce throughout the day to make it a profitable venue.

Cinta Costera is without question the best place to be if you want to take photos or shoot some footage of the Panama City skyline.

If you’ve visited Cinta Costera in Panama City, please share your experience with other travelers by adding a review in the comment section below. Thank you!

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Vagabond Travel came into being April 16, 2014 when I departed Canada heading for Mexico City. I have no destination in mind, nor an itinerary to follow. This is a sort of website, journal and travel blog all rolled into one. That’s about it.

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