Reasons to celebrate New Year's Eve in Panama18.11.2023

New Year´s eve is definitely one of the main events when everyone is excited to welcome the arrival of the new year with their close ones. Whether it’s welcoming the New Year with a glass of champagne, countdown party or an intimate dinner, everyone plans something special to ring the arrival of New Year.


It’s important to start the New Year off on the right note! Spending New Year’s Eve in Panama City means a fun and lively family-friendly party atmosphere, setting for Latin music, bespoke cocktails, seafood and bold flavors. What better way to party in a unique destination, where you can discover two oceans, rainforest, mountains, the modern city and of course, The Panama Canal.


The magic of travel can give people some of their happiest memories. Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo is located at Casco Antigüo, also known as Casco Viejo, or the ”old quarter,” Panama City’s historic district. Considered a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site, the district dates back to 1673, and features vibrant plazas and picturesque brick-paved streets surrounded by colorful buildings. The area is ideal for walking, discovering history and enjoying some of the city’s best gastronomy, culture and photo ops. It is the perfect place for special romantic getaways and memorable family vacations.


But what makes celebrating NYE in Panama City unique?  There are countless reasons, but one of the most relevant is the number of fireworks that go off.  The best parties are going to take place in the Casco Viejo neighborhood, which is the epicenter of culture and nightlife in Panama City.  The country has a unique set of traditions and rituals that make the occasion even more special. Locals usually celebrate with their families until midnight so if you’re visiting don’t be surprised if the place you’re at is a little empty for a New Year countdown. People will typically head out to the Casco Viejo around 1:00 am to continue partying until the sunrise.


Here are some reasons why you should consider celebrating New Year’s Eve in Panama:


While there are safe and unsafe areas in all countries, as a tourist in Panama, you’ll find mainly friendly faces. Aside from a few pockets, Panama is one of the safest countries in Central America. So, during your stay in Panama City, go for a walk, stop a local for directions, and buy food and souvenirs from street vendors.


Something for Everyone

Panama is the bridge of the Americas. Connecting two oceans and two continents, its biodiversity is unique. So go bird watching, snorkeling, or whale watching. Try the best coffee in the world, sip the local rum, and eat ceviche. Visit the myriad of beaches and lush coffee farms. Take in the music and the culture. Or simply relax in a hammock with a view. A visit to Panama takes the stress out of traveling — especially for those staying at the Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo. Packing is a breeze, transportation is reliable, and you don’t have to worry about currency conversions. If you’re the type of person who feels they need to take a vacation after having a vacation, Panama is the place for you.


Vibrant food scene

Indulge yourself in life’s simple joys and savor the season! Panamanian cuisine is full of history and heritage. Get ready for an exquisite culinary experience created by our award-winning Michelin Star Chef Lorenzo Di Gravio. Delight in the festivities at Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo, where we have a splendid lineup of events to make your December truly special.



Panama is known for its spectacular fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve. The sky is lit up with colorful fireworks, and the atmosphere is electric.  Our rooftop Ammi offers incomparable and unobstructed views of the ocean and the modern city skyline to see the fireworks, dance the night away and celebrate with ammi-gos! You’ll be partying in the heart of Casco Viejo, the most iconic, energetic and inspiring neighborhood in Panama City.  As the countdown begins, we will raise our glasses and toast to the year 2024!


Bespoke Bliss

When it comes to wellness, there are so many more relaxing, indulgent, and life-changing experiences waiting to be enjoyed at a spa. Wellness is anything that fuels the mind, body and soul and is not an afterthought at Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo. A full-service Sofitel Spa with KOS Paris offers intentional treatments and therapies inspired by ancestral healing rituals that aim to quiet the mind and restore the body. The hotel’s signature spa treatment, “Legendary,” is a mélange of sound and body therapy combining sounds of the sea, with a four-hand massage by therapists who work in perfect synchrony. The spa is also home to an expansive relaxation area, tearoom and plunge pool. A 24-hour Sofitel Fitness studio overlooking the ocean is an optimal sanctuary to recharge and stay healthy on the go. Sofitel Fitness offers guests and members a modern, urban-style gym with state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment.

Get ready to kick off the New Year like never before!  Enter the Legend.

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