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Bastimento, Panama
These little red frog are the namesake of a beautiful stretch of sand on Isla Bastimentos, an island in the Bocas del Toro archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The island is easily reached by water taxi from Bocas del Toro and has a few good trails...
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Vía Cincuentenario, Panamá, Panama
These impressive stone ruins are all that remain of the original Panama City, founded in 1519 by the feared conquistador Pedro Arias de Ávila. Although the Panamá Viejo (or Panamá La Vieja) remains are now skeletal, a tour of the site is a crash...
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Punta Culebra, Panamá, Panama
You are (almost) guaranteed the sight many an iguana and at least one sloth while on a visit to Punta Culebra. This small treasure is a Smithsonian museum outpost on Amador Causeway. The grounds are made of a forest and beach, as well as...
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Bocas del Toro Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama
Off Panama’s Caribbean coast, these palm-roofed cabins perch over a stretch of aquamarine sea. The surrounding Bocas del Toro archipelago is home to sloths, howler monkeys, and scarlet dart frogs. —Brendan Brady Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge, Bocas...
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Boquete, Panama
You can’t travel far in Boquete, a coffee-growing region in the highlands of western Panama, without hearing about geisha beans, reputed to be the world’s best coffee. Farmers here credit Boquete’s alpine microclimates and rich volcanic soil for...
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San Felipe, Panama City, Panama
Head to Casco Viejo, the old part of Panama City, a stunning mix of Art deco, Caribbean, French and Colonial architectural styles. Hungry? Look for the Havana Club. I thought I'd walked onto a set. 'Buena Vista Social Club’ was playing on a small...
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Calle 8 Este con, Av. B, Panamá, Panama
Casco Viejo (the old city) is currently undergoing a massive revitalization. Everywhere you look new construction and remodeling is underway. Already a major attraction of Panama City, this charming, colonial location will soon be able to host...
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Boquete, Panama
En route to the cloud forest and waterfall trails north of Boquete lies an abandoned castle in a lush and magical clearing. The story goes that a man finally started building the dream home for his wife when he retired, but she died before it was...
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La Loma, Bahia Honda Isla Bastimentos, Bastimento, Panama
As a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, I live in what might be the birthplace of foodie-ism. Surrounded as I am by world-class restaurants and beautiful local food, I still dream about the meals I experienced at a secluded treehouse on a...
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San Felipe, Panama City, Panama
Meandering along the streets of Casco Viejo is a walk down a physical timeline; with old Spanish ruins next to forgotten French architecture neighboring restored boutique hotels, this historical neighborhood manifests Panama City's colorful past....
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Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
Of the many boat excursions available in the Bocas del Toro archipelago, the trip to Playa Estrella stands out for its numerous multicolored starfish residing in the tranquil, crystal-clear waters. The beach is truly an "oasis" of calm and the...
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San Felipe, Panama City, Panama
Walking the narrow, cobbled streets of Casco Viejo—Panama City’s colonial quarter—is, these days, like exploring a vibrant art gallery. The neighborhood has suffered a bad reputation as dangerous since it became inhabited by undesirables after the...
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Contadora Island, Saboga, Panama
Snorkel, fish, relax and recover while you're in Panama on Contador Island, in the Pearl Islands Archipelago. These beautiful boats are ready for hire (in hugely affordable fashion) once you've left Panama City and landed on this enchanting...
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Calle 8a Oeste, Panamá, Panama
Arco Chato (the Flat Arch) on Avenida A, an architectural ruin in the old quarter near Iglesia de Santo Domingo, houses an outdoor gallery of intriguing and modern sculptural works and art installations. The ruins, the rustic stone, and the...
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Avenida Belisario Porras Diagonal a la Policia Nacional, en la cara contraria donde esta el Banco Nacional de Panama., Bajo Boquete, Panama
La Amistad Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is mostly untouched, creating a home for more than 100 mammal species, including endangered tapirs, jaguars, ocelots, pumas, and howler monkeys. There are also more than 400 species of birds...
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Taboga Island, Panama
Isla Taboga is about a 45-minute ferry ride from the marina at Amador Causeway. Sit at the ferry bow to get an unobstructed view of cargo ships waiting to queue the Panama Canal. The sleepy island lures locals to its shores and is home to a nearly...
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The newly completed Cinta Costera pedestrian park runs the length of Avenida Balboa, between Casco Viego and Punta Patillia. Not only does it connect two popular areas of the city, it also provides continuous sidewalks for walking and biking,...
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Panama
Parque Nacional de Omar Torrijos is the best place in Panama to experience wild and undeveloped cloud forest. I was amazed at how many different orchid varieties I saw growing everywhere. It was like being at a flower show. In order to access the...
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Veracruz, Panama
Playa Veracruz is dotted with about a dozen small ranchitos (concessions) and bars. During weekends, it's especially popular with young locals, who come here to let loose and dine on super cheap grub. The offerings are good: ceviche, fried fish,...
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Isla Taboga, Panama
If the hum and bustle of Panama City become wearying, it's possible to escape for a day by taking a trip to the island of Taboga, also called the Island of Flowers, thanks to its lush covering of tropical plants, such as bougainvillea and birds of...
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Edificio Casa Antigua, Calle 9a Oeste, Panamá, Panama
In the mornings, buzzards overtake the city to inspect the leftover carnage from the previous evening's revelry
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Los Cabezos, Bajo Boquete, Panama
You know you like coffee. Or maybe you think you don't. Either way, when you find yourself in Boquete, Panama, a tour of Casa Ruiz should be high on your list. Boquete is a breath-taking part of Panama. By day, absorb stunning views of Volcan Baru...
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Casco Antiguo, Panama City, Panama
Mojito Sin Mojito was probably one of my favorite bars in Panama City. unlike most of the bars in the area, it had a friendly, comfortable dive bar kind of vibe going on. The minute you walk through the door, the bartenders immediately greet with...
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After a short tour of Colon, take a break on the white sand beaches of Isla Grande, a small island north of Portobello. There's a handful of little dinning establishments and shops along the island where you can buy food, and most importantly,...
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Portobelo, Panama
Paddling in a glass bottom kayak near Portabelo EVERYTHING was so beautiful it was hard to decide whether to look down at all the tropical fish or up at the lush mountains with the sun streaming through the clouds.
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San Blas Islands, Panama
A visit to the incredible 365-island archipelago (also called the San Blas Islands) within the communal lands of the Guna Yala indigenous nation provides some extraordinary seaside experiences. The islands making up the outer archipelago...
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Av. A Este, Bajo Boquete, Panama
In the farmer's market in Boquete, Panama, I tasted my first tree tomato. Yes it is a tomato that grows on a tree. And no, it hardly tastes like a tomato. it's more like a sweet fruit. You slurp the delicious juicy pulp out of the skin and throw...
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Av. Central, entre calle 3era y 4ta, Panama City, Panama
The old quarter of Casco Viejo is not only a UNESCO World Heritage site but also the emerging gastronomic epicenter of Panama City. There are myriad trendy bars and restaurants to choose from, but when it's time for dessert, head to Granclement....
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Panama City, Panama
In the early morning, you can stroll by the pier and watch—as the pelicans do—the fishermen deliver the day's catch. Check out the fish market at Avenida Balboa and Calle Eloy Alfaro. On the side of the market, a cluster of local fondas (small...
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Avenida Punta Culebra, Ciudad de Panama, Panama
This thatched-roof, open-air restaurant serves up local dishes such as langostinos a la plancha (grilled prawns). Enjoy breezes from the Bay of Panama while enjoying breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Live music is sometimes offered.
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Veracruz, Panama
Rincon de Filo, in the seaside village of Veracruz, is worth the short trip (about 6 kilometers, or 3.5 miles) southwest from Playa Bonita. Classic Panamanian seafood, such as paella, is the specialty. The nautical decor is refined yet...
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Casco Antiguo, Panama City, Panama
Ambiance is the key to this Panama City restaurant's popularity—surprising given that the restaurant’s setting is in a former dungeon. During the early days of Casco Viejo, the structure did, indeed, serve as a jail; now, the cells serve French...
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Vía Argentina, Panamá, Panama
Follow the locals to El Trapiche for traditional food. A plate of grilled garlic shrimp, plantains, and rice is possibly the perfect Panamanian meal, paired with Trapiche's tropical blend fruit juice. There are two locations—El Cangrejo and the...
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Calle 7a Este, Panamá, Panama
Take a break from the heat and grab a frozen coconut-based drink at Crazy Coco. Add a little cinnamon and condensed milk, and you'll find yourself in tropical heaven. I also recommend the flan and, for a stronger drink, the piña colada. Crazy Coco...
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Plaza Herrera Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
For the location of their first independent hotel, Atelier Ace (the creative arm behind the buzzy Ace Hotel Group) chose Panama City’s historic Casco Viejo, a once gang-ridden neighborhood now teeming with trendy restaurants, cafes, and wine...
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Guadalupe, Cerro Punta, Panama
Although our cabin inside the Parque Internacional La Amistad had no electricity, it did have a spacious bedroom that comfortably slept our family of four, plus hot-water bathrooms, and a fireplace for the chilly evenings. It also had a fully...
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Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
There is a young American man that has moved to Bahia Honda to run a school for underprivileged local kids. He's making it sustainable by bringing people in to help the program, and the teaching them how to surf. He's an inspiring guy that the...