Hats off to Panama

Sitting between the chilled-out Caribbean and the Pacific swells and nestled within a verdant rainforest, the adventures never end in Panama!

Located in Central America, Panama is considered the Bridge of the Americas because of its ubiquitous canal that shortens the sailing distances in the Americas by weeks!

Panama---City-in-the-Rainforest

In the jungle, the nighty jungle…Panama City doesn’t sleep!

The capital of Panama, Panama City, is home to nearly half of the country’s population. With a tropical climate, it is one of the most biodiverse places in the world with plenty of exotic plants and wildlife. Panama City is located within the confines of a tropical rainforest, so remember to pack your rain jacket!

Here’s a Pro-Tip: The currency used in Panama is the US Dollar which makes currency exchange a breeze!

 Tocumen International Airport is about a 25-minute drive from Panama City. Making your way to the city is quite easy with taxi or ride-share. There is also the option to take the local bus or a Pineapple Shuttle, which departs three times daily and visits some of the local hostels. Whether you stay at these hostels or not, you can catch the ride.

The tropical beaches, interesting history and an abundance of wildlife make Panama a destination that is jam-packed with adventure. Here are my favourite things to do while visiting:

The Panama Canal – This man-made waterway is the most famous attraction in Panama. It connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean saving vessels nearly two weeks of travel. The Panama Canal history is quite significant, so I do recommend having a look around the museum near the Miraflores Locks Visitor Centre. There, you can also observe the ships passing through, enjoy a meal at the Atlantic & Pacific Co. Restaurant and stop in the IMAX theatre. The entire experience is unique and needs  to be seen to be believed!

Panama-Canal

The Panama Canal is a Man-Made Wonder of the World

Casco Viejo – This quaint and romantic historic district of Panama was once run by gangs. It has since been widely rejuvenated and today is best known for its quality restaurants, exciting nightlife and colourful colonial buildings. Here are some things to seek out while you stroll through the cobblestoned streets:

  • The Cathedral of Panama City
  • Handmade traditional crafts
  • Panama’s signature chocolate
  • The Church of San Jose
Boquete – Known for its adventure activities, this charming little mountain town is a great destination for hiking, ziplining over the rainforest, and rafting, just to name a few activities …seriously! There is so much to choose from so you may want to stay for a few days. You can travel there via tourist shuttle or local bus. I would recommend tourist shuttle for more comfort and a quicker trip.

Boquete beach, Central America

Paradise awaits!

Bocas del Toro – With a relaxed atmosphere, this Caribbean Province of Panama is perhaps the second most famous tourist destination in the country (behind the Panama Canal). The archipelago is made up of nine islands and is an amazing place to reconnect through a yoga class or enjoy locales like Starfish Beach or Red Frog Beach. Water taxis can take you from island to island. To reach Bocas del Toro, you can either fly from Panama City or take a bus to a boat. The flight is significantly faster, of course!

Panama Cusine

A meal amongst nature!

Bananas, coconuts, coffee and cacao beans are only a few of the many crops that grow in Panama. Additionally, shrimp and chicken are found in many traditional dishes such as Ceviche and Sancocho. In general, the fruits are abundant, and the seafood is fresh.

Here is where I recommend dining while in Panama:

  • Food Trucks – Most of the food trucks can be found in the Panama City neighbourhood of San Francisco serving up everything from pizza to traditional Caribbean Panamanian food.
  • Mercado de Mariscos – The city fish market and seafood utopia with over 70 stalls offering the freshest fish ready to eat.
  • Maito – A gourmet dining experience with a menu that expertly mixes a plethora of international flavours using home grown organic herbs. The atmosphere is delightful.

It is not hard to find something to do after watching the sunset. Rooftop bars are a popular experience and always a good time. The national alcoholic drink of Panama is Seco Herrerano, made from distilled sugarcane, however it is mostly found in rural areas. Ron Abuelo is a locally produced rum and quite popular although beer is easily the most prominent beverage consumed. From all night dancing to enjoying a cold one on the beach, here are my favourite places to stop for a drink in Panama:

  • Tantalo – Located in Casco Viejo atop the Tantalo Boutique Hotel, this is perhaps the most popular of the many rooftop bars.
  • Danilo’s Jazz Club – An intimate club featuring a combination of talented international jazz artists. Located in the lovely American Trade Hotel.
  • Casa Bruja – The first Panamanian brewery, great beer selection and food menu. Yep, there’s a rooftop, too!
drinks and cockteils

It’s always rooftop season here!

Here are my recommendations of where to stay while visiting Panama:

  • Central Hotel Panama – Located in a converted colonial building conveniently located in the centre of Casco Viejo.
  • Hotel Casa Panama – With a restaurant, bar and nightclub, this modern stay is always a good time.
  • Hacienda del Mar – This gem can be found on Pearl Islands, which are known for their stunning resorts. A stylish stay consisting of 17 cabanas offering incredible views and white sand beaches.

Panama is a gorgeous tropical paradise with an abundance of life, from the rainforests to the sea to the smiling residents. It reminds me of the bounty that is always around us!

 

Love,

 

Isabella

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Isabella’s Checklist

What to see: The Panama Canal, Casco Viejo, Bouquete (https://www.visitpanama.com/)

Where to stay: Central Hotel Panama, Casa Panama (http://www.centralhotelpanama.com/default, https://www.hotelcasapanama.com/en-gb)

Where to eat: Food Trucks, Mercado de Mariscos, Maito (http://maitopanama.com/)

Where to party: Tantalo, Danilo’s Jazz Club, Casa Bruja (http://tantalohotel.com/roofbar/, http://www.americantradehotel.com/danilo-s-jazz-club.html, http://casabruja.com/)

What to buy: Panama hats!

Enjoy Panama Paradise!
Isabella’s Checklist

What to see: The Panama Canal, Casco Viejo, Bouquete (https://www.visitpanama.com/)

Where to stay: Central Hotel Panama, Casa Panama (http://www.centralhotelpanama.com/default, https://www.hotelcasapanama.com/en-gb)

Where to eat: Food Trucks, Mercado de Mariscos, Maito (http://maitopanama.com/)

Where to party: Tantalo, Danilo’s Jazz Club, Casa Bruja (http://tantalohotel.com/roofbar/, http://www.americantradehotel.com/danilo-s-jazz-club.html, http://casabruja.com/)

What to buy: Panama hats!

Enjoy Panama Paradise!

4 Comments to “Hats off to Panama”

  1. This is amazing blog… i got here by your twitter….
    Beautiful blog….

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    Dilu Rai at 4:38 pm
    1. Thank you so much, we really appreciate your comment! I am very glad you found us 🙂
      love,
      Katie and Isabella

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      Katie L at 9:26 am
      1. Fantastic info! Love that you share where to stay, eat and party! Found you through twitter too! So glad!!

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        Willie at 8:29 pm
        1. Thank you so much! I am so glad that you found us, too 🙂 I am excited for you to have an amazing experience in Panama!
          Love,
          Katie and Isabella

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          Katie L at 6:09 am

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