Balboa Avenue - where the ultra-modern, cosmopolitan city meets local life and traditions. Here’s the ultimate lowdown on why Balboa Avenue consistently tops expats’ lists as THE best place to live in Panama City.
A stone’s throw from Calle 50 and the Banking District, Balboa Avenue is a glistening scene of new architectural landmarks, world-class restaurants overlooking the Pacific, and a shopping mecca for the global fashionista. It’s where you’ll find the Cinta Costera, the city’s sparkling new waterfront boulevard, where 9km of wide, palm-tree lined trails await joggers, bikers and strollers. And, it’s home to the famous Mercado de Mariscos fish market, where local fishermen serve up the freshest octopus ceviche to those in the know.

Read on to explore everything this neighborhood has to offer, from our top picks for dining and nightlife, to healthcare, raising kids in the surrounding area, and more.
  • Getting active on the Cinta Costera and beyond
  • Grocery shopping, from US-style supermarkets to kosher, farm-to-table, organic and other specialty shops. And don’t forget the best fish and seafood stalls in town
  • The best of the best in shopping. From high-end to high-street, from Paris to Panama: classic labels, emerging designers, jewelry and more.
  • Eating Out: top international and Panamanian cuisine
  • Nightlife and Entertainment
  • Getting Around
  • Healthcare: Clinics, Hospitals and Pharmacies
  • Raising Kids around Balboa Avenue: Safety, Childcare and Schools for All Ages
  • Postal Service & Deliveries
  • And… if you’ve just landed in Panama City, our Guide to “A Perfect Sunday in Balboa Avenue”
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