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It is a bit of a drive (probably around 30-45 minutes, as you said), and as far as I know there is no public transport so you have to get a taxi (about $30 one way). However, you have 8 hours, so you are still left with 5 hours in Panama City. If I were you, I would definitely go for it. For example, you would manage to see all of the Casco Viejo and have a ...


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So I ended up walking up to the taxi counter and saying, "Quisiera visitar un café super chévere en la ciudad, no lugar especifico." They hooked me up with a local driver who drove me around the city, parked out by Isla Naos so I could take pictures, had brunch with me at a local café (all the while I got to practice my Spanish – super cool!) and had me ...


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While the city is only 15 minutes drive from the airport at times, given your narrow window, it would make more sense for your friend to come to the airport to meet you. Indeed, Wikitravel suggests that in busy periods, it can even take up to an hour, which you don't want if you're stressing about getting back to your flight! Assuming your bags are checked ...


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Maybe you want to give this one a try: http://www.easyridepanama.com/ I once tried a similar service in Panama. It is not the cheapest but works usually. I can't say much more, really. Just use you mouse and click the link!


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I was also going to recommend Casco Viejo, but if you have more time besides, you might also think about squeezing in a look at Panamá Viejo too. Panama City is perhaps the most interesting capital city in Central America and, though it also has bad areas that must be avoided, is definitely safer than the others and has plenty of locals and tourists ...



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