FOR EXPATS: Everything you need to know about Balboa Avenue

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Being in the heart of Panama City, Balboa Avenue is one of the most beautiful avenues in Central America that combines the historical with the modern, the international with its Latin culture.

Can you imagine walking between skyscrapers and along the Pacific coast? Can you imagine a modern and cosmopolitan city combined with local traditions?

In this avenue of buildings up to 180 meters high with innovative designs, it is common to find fishermen unloading fishing at dawn to serve fresh ceviche and fried fish with patacones, or merchants selling “raspaos” in their “raspao cart” throughout the Coastal Tape.
Balboa Avenue has something to offer for every part of the family. Fun attractions, restaurants, hotels, night spots, and recreational space. Incredibly, all this can be found in this area.

What else do you need to know about Balboa Avenue?


spaguetti restaurantsVARIETY OF RESTAURANTS

From traditional and Panamanian restaurants to vegan, vegetarian, kosher, gluten-free, and the list goes on.
If you are in the mood for an outdoor environment to enjoy the breeze of the Pacific Ocean, you can go to one of the most popular and most visited by Panamanian families “Mercado de Mariscos” ( Seafood Market). Famous for its fried fish with patacones or fresh ceviche and super cold “pints” (beers) with typical music of the region. Fish is caught as served fresh daily.
If you are looking for a more modern variety in the kitchen, you can find it in the Boutiques Mall Panama, where you have options of vegetarian, Italian, gluten-free, vegans, Venezuelan, Mexican, Indian, and many more.
Or move back in time and go to dinner at one of the oldest restaurants in the city, called Café Boulevard Balboa, founded in 1958.

FUN FACT: Did you know that on 2017 Panama City for was named the city with the best quality of life in Latin America?.


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In Panama, the hotel industry is growing steadily. From large international hotel chains to boutique hotels, there is a variety of hotels to provide the best experiences for travelers.
On Balboa Avenue, you can find the most famous and recognized hotels in the region. What could be better than staying in an excellent hotel with a view of the peaceful sea and in the heart of the city?
Which ones can you find? International hotel chains, such as the Hilton, Le Méridien, InterContinental, Radisson Decapolis, Las Americas Golden Tower Panama, and the Hard Rock Hotel. The latter has the distinction of connecting internally with one of the most renowned shopping centers in Panama City, called “Multicentro.”


Put on your sports shoes! Enjoy a pleasant walk, run, or grab your bike and go pedaling along the entire Pacific coast.
The Cinta Costera has become a meeting point for all lovers of exercise. Open to all public, you can find from tennis courts, outdoor gym, skatepark, park calisthenics, bike path.
Even better. Spend sports family time, rent your bike and go on Sundays from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm to pedal in the Cinta Costera, which enable it for cyclists, skaters, and has access to Causeway de Amador, another tourist site of the city.
Dance to the rhythm of salsa, Zumba, dance, typical (traditional dance of Panama). Take your pet for a walk in the Urracá Park.

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You can find variety in options of bars, clubs, and casinos. From enjoying the view of Panama, good dancing and music on the 62nd-floor terrace of the Hardrock Hotel in the BITS Roof Lounge nightclub, to go and taste different types of craft beers in Panama Brews (they have up to 35 craft beers on tap) which you can find in the Boutique Mall.
Live music, salsa, karaoke, game night and bets at the Majestic Casino del Multicentro, or the StarBay Casino at the Hilton. But beware! We know it’s fun but do not spend all your savings in the casinos.
Afterward, how can you continue to enjoy all the amenities of Balboa Avenue?

worldwide intelligenceNEAR EVERYTHING!

From Balboa Avenue, you can get anywhere, because it connects with all the critical sites of Panama City, in a matter of minutes.
You can walk to 50th Street and visit the luxurious Soho Mall, or Aquilino de la Guardia Avenue, and tour the financial district of the city.
Drive, take an Uber, Cabify or a Metrobus, and get to the Casco Antiguo de la Ciudad, to the most commercial centers with a variety of shops, so that go crazy buying, as is the Multiplaza, and Albrook Mall.
From Balboa Avenue you can also grab a Metrobus to take you to the Tocumen airport. So you feel closer to home! Interesting fact.

FUN FACT: Did you know what Balboa Avenue was like for the 1960s and how is it currently for 2018?

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