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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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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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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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Panama City, Panama
Coffee lovers go to the Bajareque Coffee House & Roastery, where the owner grows, dries, roasts, and grinds his own beans. World-renowned geisha beans are sourced from the owner's family farm in the Boquete region. Buy a bag or two to savor a...
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Boquete, Panama
While touring the Kotowa coffee farm in Boquete, we came upon some Ngobe children playing in a nearby stream and waved at them as they splashed around. Later on the tour, we came upon our new, curious friends following us. We had fun taking...
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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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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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Playa Hermosa, Panama
It helps to know someone who lives in the area when visiting a new place for the first time. Our friend Lou was that guy. He had been living in City of David, Panama for a few years and showed my hubby and I some of the local spots during our 3...
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0265, Goethals Blvd, Panama
Even travelers who consider themselves averse to cruises seem to feel drawn to a daytime cruise tour of the Panama Canal, and it's easy to understand why: it's a man-made engineering marvel, best seen close up. A full-day tour, which typically...
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Km 6 Road to Veracruz, Panama City, Panama
Just 20 minutes outside of Panama City, Playa Bonita is the best location to experience the sprawling city's urban excitement as well as its natural wonders. Hugging the Pacific Ocean, the resort offers dramatic views of ships lining up for the...
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Gatun Lake, Panama

In the 17th century, the pirate Henry Morgan traveled the Chagres River to attack Panama City. In the early 20th century, the Chagres River was dammed to create the 53-kilometer-long (33-mile-long) Gatún Lake, at the time the largest...

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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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Vía Cincuentenario Centro de Visitantes, Panama City 0823-05096, Panama
The anticipated Museum of Biodiversity, designed by Frank Gehry, opens this year, and the Panama Canal will soon double its capacity. To prepare, luxury hotels, such as the Trump Ocean Club and Le Meridien, are cropping up. And in the historic...
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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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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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Calle 8 Este con Avenida B, Casco Viejo, Panama City, 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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Calle 11 Este, Panamá, Panama
Casco Viejo is a UNESCO site located in Panama City, Panama. We stayed in the quarter at Las Clementinas (www.lasclementinas.com), a really lovely and comfortable hotel with an amazing rooftop patio and view of downtown. Casco is a great mix of...
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San Felipe, Panama City, Panama
Coffee, chocolate, and ceviche are just three specialties to be sampled on a food tour in Casco Viejo, one of Panama City's popular neighborhoods. On the Taste of Panama City Food Walking Tour, a guide offers some historical and cultural contexts...
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San Felipe, Panama City, Panama
In the heart of Casco Viejo, Bajareque provided a perfect location for a timely break in the day. The outdoor seating combined with a fresh cup of coffee (or wine) created a lovely afternoon.
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Vía Cincuentenario Centro de Visitantes, Panama City 0823-05096, Panama
One of my favorite parts of Casco Viejo in Panama City is that it is a "wander-friendly" city. During my afternoon exploration, I followed the light at the end of a long, old street and found myself looking at a beautiful body of water in the...
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San Felipe, Panama City, Panama
To simply watch daily life go by, park yourself on a plaza bench under the shade of a Poinciana tree, as the breeze blows through and orange blossoms float down to the cobblestone streets. A plaza in Casco Viejo is the perfect place to sit back,...
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Vista Hermosa, Panamá, Panama
Panama City is often called "Miami of the South," or "Dubai of the Americas," referring to its sparkly skyline and booming economy. As long as we're throwing out metaphors, I would add "Hong Kong on the Isthmus" to the mix--just look at this view...
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Vía Cincuentenario Centro de Visitantes, Panama City 0823-05096, Panama
Casco Viejo, the old city of Panama is undergoing rapid gentrification. Old buildings and houses are being restored to restaurants, hotels and townhomes. Walking the cobblestone streets of this historic quarter reminds me of Habana, Cuba, absent...
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Casco Viejo, Panama City's old town, was completed and settled in 1673, followed by a pirate attack that caused the Governor to pre-emptively burn the city. It was labeled a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. The old town is easily walkable, and...
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Pack your dancing shoes to Panama City if only for one night at Habana Panamá, an over-the-top celebration of Havana’s golden age in the middle of Casco Viejo. There’s a live orchestra every weekend, and bands play salsa, son, and jazz until the...
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Vía Cincuentenario Centro de Visitantes, Panama City 0823-05096, Panama
This photo was taken from the balcony of our beautiful hotel (Las Clementinas) in Casco Viejo, Panama during my honeymoon. You can see parts of the Old City in the forefront, with a skyline of the new part of the city in the background.
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Av Central, Panamá, Panama
To get a glimpse of authentic Panamanian life, stroll down Central Avenue, which is within walking distance of Casco Viejo. In the morning the street comes alive with pedestrians heading to work and shops opening for business. Buy bananas at a...
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Av. Eloy Alfaro, Panamá, Panama
A couple of pet egrets mill around the Presidential Palace courtyard entrance, seeming to stand guard at Panama City's equivalent to Washington's White House. The Palacio Presidencial, as it is known, is prominently poised on a bluff overlooking...
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San Felipe, Panama City, Panama
At the outskirts of Casco Viejo, a cigar maker works in his small shop. The naturally-lit shop is filled with personal mementos. There are ink sketches on the table surface, where he cuts the cigarro leaf wrapper.
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San Felipe, Panama City, Panama
The hidden gem in the neighborhood of Casco Viejo is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing evening in Panama City. Upon walking into the wine bar, I knew the owner took pride in the well-designed establishment. Although the atmosphere provides a...
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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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Av. B 7, Panamá, Panama
Cafe Sucre was a perfect spot to grab an americano to help power me through a jetlag-induced stint in Panama City. I tipped the lady behind the counter (a jovial and motherly woman from San Francisco) well, and she said she needs to make coffee...
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Calle Tercera, Panamá, Panama
The artists whose works grace the walls of the Karavan Gallery have exhibited around the world, but the rich colors, textures, and subjects of their work convey that they're quintessentially Panamanian. The women behind this gallery in the Casco...
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Panama City, Panama
Visitors to Panama City in January are especially lucky to be able to celebrate one of the world’s most upbeat music styles in one of Central America’s most upbeat cities. In 2013, the festival marked 10 years of welcoming prominent jazz musicians...
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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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La Alameda, Panamá, Panama
City parks are often urban oases of natural life, but few offer the ecological drama of Panama City's Parque Natural Metropolitano, the city's largest park. While residents stroll, play sports, and relax within its leafy acres, travelers often...
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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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Ancon Hill, Panama City, Panama
Cerro Ancon (Ancon Hill) is a beautiful promontory, which offers incredible views of Panama City. It has a large Panamanian flag that you can see from anywhere in the city. You can take a cab uphill—it's only about $5 (and otherwise it's a bit of...
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Calz. de Amador 136, Panamá, Panama
The Biomuseo, or Museo de la Biodiversidad, is one of Panama City’s contemporary gems and the first Latin American project by Frank Gehry. As befits the architect’s unusual and innovative eye, the museum is itself an abstract...
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Avenida 8, Panamá, Panama
Old world theaters exude glamour and grandeur, and this one is exceptional—from the gold facade and brass door fixtures, to the interior wooden foyer, painted ceiling frescos, gilded tiered balconies, and posh chandelier. Tour inside and view the...
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Calz. de Amador 136, Panamá, Panama
The Frank Gehry Museum of Biodiversity is finally finished. The guide on the Panama Canal called it a building from someone who has done too much partying in Panama. I guess he hadn’t been to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.(view from the Panama...
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Av Central, Panamá, Panama
Avenida Central was the city’s great commercial core in the first half of the 20th century; though its heyday has ended, the swarm of humanity packing into its various shops, bars, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses attest to ongoing...
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Panama City, Panama
I love exploring a city without any plans and letting spontaneity drive your nights. The experience of getting lost in a warren of side streets and stumbling across little bars and restaurants packed full of locals having a great time is one of my...
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Panama City, Panama
The public buses on the streets of Panama City are recycled school buses which used to chug along suburban streets in the United States some thirty years ago. Plain yellow has been traded up for brilliantly multicolored designs of birds, flowers,...
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Calle 15 Este, Panamá, 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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Av Central, Panamá, Panama
Savor a slice (or, rather, a cup) of Panamanian daily life at the Café Coca-Cola, which bills itself as the country’s oldest café. Whether or not this is true, the practice of sitting down for a coffee, a newspaper, and conversation about current...
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Avenida A., Calle 6a Oeste, Panamá, Panama
Step into Panama City’s Diablo Rosso and you’ll find yourself in a “creative think tank” and gallery that would fit comfortably into any of the world’s headliner art scenes. Diablo Rosso was founded in 2006 to promote emerging talent in the area,...
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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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Calle 15 Este, Panamá, Panama
Behind the bustling seafood market El Mercado de Mariscos, amid crates of shrimp and fish, locals play a competitive game of dominoes—a popular way to while away the day.
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Calz. de Amador, Panamá, Panama
The Museum of Biodiversity is one of the most anticipated attractions in Panama City. The iconic architectural lines of Frank Gehry's designs make a reappearance at this museum near the equator. But there's a colorful twist, which will undoubtedly...
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Calle Miller, Panamá, Panama
One of Panama City's oldest bars, the Balboa Yacht Club sits just before the Amador Causeway. It's an institution in the community, and locals frequent here. Chill with a cerveza Balboa on the covered wooden terrace, and take in views of the...
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San Felipe, Panama City, Panama
Wine bar DiVino’s mission is simple: pop the cork on the world of fine wines and pour it for the residents of Panama City. The enoteca has a huge selection of vintages from around the world, and offers wine tasting seminars and trainings in its...
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Casco Viejo Panama, Calle 4 Este con Avenida B, Edificio Hotel Colombia Frente a Plaza Bolivar, Panama City, Panama
Papiro Y Yo is a modern-day tale of spinning straw into (figurative) gold. After living in the United States, designer Zaira returned to Panama City determined to boost the country’s traditional craft techniques—and Papiro Y Yo, a purveyor of fine...
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Panama City, Panama
After biking or walking to the end of Amador Causeway, aren't you ready for a reward? Go to Alberto's on Isla Flamenco. Sit back and sip a fresh limonada and enjoy panoramic views of the bay. For a leisurely, open-air spot to hang out at night, go...
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Av. Samuel Lewis & Calle 54 Este, Panamá, Panama
Gold is a dominant theme in Central American history, and Panama’s pre-Columbian metals rival those of anywhere else in the world. The founders of Reprosa, a Panama City metal workshop, decided that rather than mourn the loss of traditional...
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Calle Isaac Hanono Missri, Panamá, Panama
Travelers who prefer books and other cultural reminders of their travels to dust-collecting tchotchkes can shop for a literary souvenir at El Hombre de la Mancha, a bookstore inside the Multiplaza Pacific Mall. This bookstore has titles published...
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Vía Cincuentenario, Panamá, Panama
Great half-day trip in suburbs of Panama City, outside the major tourist areas. Colonial city founded in 1519, former capital of Panama. ($5 taxi ride from downtown Panama City in 2007.)
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Calle 8 Este con Avenida B, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
Located in Casco Viejo, Tantalo Hotel is a great home base for exploring Panama City. Rooms here are entirely unique, each one featuring work by a different local artist as well as colorful, modern décor and spacious rain showers. When...
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501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
The Vinoy Rennaissance has many great places to grab a bite or enjoy a leisurely meal. Marchand’s, Alfresco's, Fred’s Steakhouse, and the Veranda Patio. Now you can add to this excellent mix, the Vinoy’s latest innovation, the Thursday night...