(Thepanamagringo.com) From the cheap beer to the mass amounts of fried food that you will find in the capital of Panama, gaining weight is an easy thing to do. Because gyms are surprisingly expensive and most of the city is impossible and dangerous to ride a bicycle, running may be the easiest and most economical method of avoiding a large gut. Here are this gringo’s top 3 places to run in Panama City.
1. Cinta Costera– This large path stretching from the skyscrapers of Bella Vista to the old colonial district of Casco Viejo is arguably the most popular place for runners in the city. The sidewalk is organized well to accommodate both runners and bikers with plenty of room for lots of people. The abundance of other people keep you motivated and the views are some of the best in the city.
2. Amador Causeway– A 360-degree view of the ocean on this causeway connecting three islands to the city makes the causeway another popular spot for Panama City runners. Although this is one of the few spots to rent bicycles in the city, it still makes a perfect place to lace up those running shoes and get moving. A constant sea breeze and incredible ocean views stretching across a beautiful harbor make the Amador Causeway a nice escape from the city.
3. Parque Recreative Omar– Located in the modern San Francisco neighborhood of Panama City, Park Omar is another great place to enjoy a good run. A long circular track follows the perimeter of the green park where it’s common to watch local sports teams practicing or working out. There are a number of small hills throughout the park, which make for added difficulty to your workout. The park is surrounded by nice, modern apartment buildings that create a nice environment for a run.
WARNING!! – If you are new to Panama and unfamiliar with the extreme heat and humidity make sure you only go for a run in the early morning or evening when the sun is not so strong. This gringo can tell you from experience that your skin will be burned and your heart will be working harder than ever before if you attempt to run at midday so be careful!!!
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