Panama uses the US dollar as its currency, but it’s called the balboa there. Don’t be confused by the name though, it’s just US dollar bills and coins.
I’m looking to get some good deals, but not just cheap clothing.
If you are looking for higher-end brand names, Multi-Plaza in the business district, just off Avenida Balboa, is a good place to find a lot of big names clustered together; but the prices are not usually bargains. The Albrook Mall next to the Albrook Airport is less conveniently located but offers a better chance at a bargain, though you have to wade through a lot more items to find the really good deal. There are also high-end boutique stores all over the city, especially on Calle 50 and 53, and Via España is a good place for a mixture of high and low-end shops.
There are no pyramids in Panama, not like in Mexico and Guatemala. There are however several pre-Columbian archaeological sites, especially on the Azuero Peninsula, that are interesting to history buffs, as well as a lot of more recent historical sites from the time Balboa began the exploration of Panama.