Turquoise seas, golden beaches, green forests, vibrant cities …… Panama has it all!
Panama is the southernmost country in Central America and is bordered by Costa Rica and Colombia. The narrowest of all the Central American countries, Panama is 37 miles wide at its narrowest point and 110 miles at its widest. From the top of Volcán Baru located in the province of Chiriquí, on a clear day you can see both the Pacific and Caribbean oceans standing in the same spot.
1. PANAMA CITY
Panama City, the capital of Panama, is a modern city framed by the Pacific Ocean and man-made Panama Canal. Casco Viejo, its cobblestoned historic centre, is famed for colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical Palacio Presidencial and bougainvillea-filled plazas lined with cafes and bars. The Miraflores Locks offers views of ships traversing the canal, an essential shipping route linking the Atlantic and Pacific.
SLEEP AT TANTALO HOTEL
Tantalo offers 10 conceptualized rooms, each an expression of local vibrancy and design innovation. With original custom artwork, Bluetooth speakers, Down comforters and crisp linens, their mission is to ensure your Tantalo experience is both comfortable AND extraordinary.
EAT AT CALIOPE
Chef Martino Pace, drawing on his experience cooking in Italy, and Executive Chef of the Tantalo Group, Pierre de Janon, have united their creativity to provide a unique gastronomic adventure. Caliope also offers New York City style artisanal cocktails and an eclectic wine list. Be one of the first to enjoy the culinary experience of Caliope, a restaurant destined to be one of the best in all of Central America.
EAT AT RIESEN
Riesen invites you to taste real farmer-inspired and produce-driven Panamanian food. Their products come from the country’s different markets, they support local farmers and producers and always use the freshest, seasonal ingredients.
PLAY AT JOE BROWN ADVENTURES
Every now and then, you need to just unwind and unplug from technology and the rest of the world. If you want to do this on your next vacation, you might want to consider visiting San Blas, also called Guna Yala. And the fun that you will get from your tour will largely be determined by the tourist agency that will handle your itinerary in the islands. Joe Brown Adventures is the agency to choose. Joe Brown Adventures offers day tours to San Blas Islands from Panama City and Carti.
PLAY AT PANAMA BAR CRAWL
The only way to discover the best nightlife Meet every Friday and Saturday between 8.00 and 8.45pm in La Taberna de Morgan or contact them to organise a private tour!
PLAY AT TANTALO ROOFBAR
Tantalo Roofbar is the pulsating heart of Panama City’s social life. Open 7 days a week, featuring musical performances from around the globe, the bar is an inviting space to mingle with locals and guests alike. With the sparkling Panama City skyline as the backdrop and panoramic views over the Old Quarter’s architectural gems, you’ll soon see why this is THE place to be.
PLAY AT TEATRO AMADOR
Teatro Amador is a platform for cultural entertainment, where they present a wide variety of musical, artistic, social, educational, corporate events, amongst others. The theater is on two levels with two bars, 'Line Array' sound system and acoustic treatment, which meet the demands of national and international artists.
PLAY AT TONY'S PANAMA TOURS
Tony’s Panama Tours specialize in tailor made itineraries for travelers looking for a unique and memorable experiences. Not only do they customize your trip, but also adapt it to your needs. Their expertise and deep knowledge of Panama are key factors in creating unforgettable memories.
2. EL VALLE DE ANTON (128 KM FROM PANAMA CITY)
El Valle de Anton is a town in central Panama. It's in the crater of an extinct volcano, surrounded by mountains and cloud forest. To the north, Cerro Gaital National Park protects 3 hills: Cerro Gaital, Cerro Pajita and Cerro Caracoral. Its trails have ocean views and the park is home to hundreds of species of native birds, including the red-legged honeycreeper, the bay-headed tanager and the blue-crowned motmot.
SLEEP AT BUENAVENTURA GOLF & BEACH RESORT (56 KM FROM EL VALLE DE ANTON)
The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection is a premier beach resort on the shoreline of Panama. This prime location puts you in close proximity to world-class beaches such as Playa Blanca and El Faro beach, as well as outdoor adventures, from hiking to four-wheel driving tours.
SLEEP AT CASA GUARDIA (50 KM FROM EL VALLE DE ANTON)
Casa Guardia is located right on the beach in Farallon, in the centre of the "Arco Seco" or the Dry Arch of Panama, it is a long stretch of beaches where it rains very seldom. At 115km from the city of Panama, on the Pan-American Highway, and about 500 mts. from the Decameron Hotel, allows you the tranquillity of this beautiful beach, and the proximity to the tourist services you may need.
3. BOQUETE (368 KM FROM EL VALLE DE ANTON)
The town of Boquete is nestled in the highlands of the fertile province of Chiriquí in western Panama. Boquete is a microcosm of bliss. Flowers of kaleidoscopic colours blanket the hills and towering mountains form breath-taking vistas. In the distance you can see the stunning Volcán Barú rising up through the misty clouds while the Rio Caldera flows through the town, soothing residents and visitors with its gurgling sound. Because of its location in the mountains, Boquete enjoys a cool climate.
SLEEP AT THE RIVERSIDE INN
The Riverside Inn offers its guests an intimate welcoming setting with a quiet and comfortable country feeling. The Inn is nestled in unique landscaped gardens on the banks of the Palo Alto River. The six beautifully furnished bedrooms are designed with every comfort in mind, to make you feel at home.
4. BOCAS DEL TORO ( 195 KM FROM BOQUETE)
Bocas del Toro is a province of Panama comprising an island chain off the Caribbean coast, plus a section of nearby mainland with biodiverse rainforest. Isla Colón, the main island, is home to the capital, Bocas Town, a central hub with restaurants, shops and nightlife. Popular beaches include Boca del Drago.
SLEEP AT AQUI HOY CABANAS
Situated less than 5 minutes by boat from vibrant Bocastown, “Aqui Hoy” offers a quiet, refreshing and unforgettable retreat experience in the Northern part of the Republic of Panama. “Aqui Hoy” offers upscale gastronomical meat, mouth watering vegetarian and stunning seafood dishes in the evenings and delicious Caribbean lunch options during day time.
SLEEP AT AZUL PARADISE BOUTIQUE HOTEL
This luxury boutique hotel is the latest addition to the Azul Paradise family. They have captured a piece of paradise close the lively streets of Isla Colon. Travel in style as you explore the island, it’s eccentric nightlife and inspiring culture. Experience the 5-star restaurant with award winning chefs and let the magic of the Caribbean soothe your soul in more ways than one.
SLEEP AT AZUL PARADISE RESORT
Unfolding in the majestic waters of the Caribbean, this new off-the-grid resort highlighting 10 over-the-water bungalows is located on white sand beaches in the provence of Bocas del Toro. Tucked away on a secluded part of the island is an experience you will never forget.
SLEEP AT CASA ACUARIO
Casa Acuario is a charming inn built over the crystal Almirante Bay surrounded by a variety of colorful sea life and beautiful views of the out island and mountains. Casa Acuario is a comfortable choice of a place to stay near Bocas. The Inn is located on a tropical island, Isla Carenero, directly across from Bocas del Toro and a three minute boat ride.
SLEEP AT PANAMA ECO RESORT
Panama Eco Resort sits oceanfront in Bocas del Toro, Panama accessible by boat only on 25 acres of lush jungle and old cacao plantation. Spectacular views await. Sloths, Howler Monkeys, Iguanas, Toucans, Parrots, Frogs are regular visitors at Panama Eco Resort. Experience the tropical rain forest and ocean all from the comfort of your upscale cabana.
EAT AT THE BLUE COCONUT RESTAURANT
The Blue Coconut is located approximately 2.4 miles from Bocas Town (Isla Colon) by boat on its own private island. The Bar is 200 feet out over the water with clear blue waters, colourful live coral, and spectacular snorkelling. There are two swim/tan platforms for customers to utilize with stairs going down into the water to make it that much easier.
PLAY AT KAWI VOYAGE
Kawi Voyage offers tours and amazing experiences with great multilingual and friendly guides, experts of the area of Bocas del Toro. Join them to discover the local communities and the fauna and flora through trekking and boat rides.
HOW TO GET HERE: Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport, the homebase of Copa Airlines, is the country’s largest international airport and the most likely point of entry for international air travellers.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Panama experiences a dry and wet season and the best time to visit the country is during the short dry season, which falls between December and March. At other times of year rain is likely most days.
GETTING AROUND: Panama's transportation system — which includes domestic flights, buses, boats, private transports, and taxis — makes it easy to get around without ever stepping behind the wheel. In most cases, this is the best way to travel.
CURRENCY: The official currency of Panama is the Balboa, named after Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa, who discovered the Pacific Ocean in 1513. One Balboa is divided into 100 cents. Since 1904 one Balboa equals one US Dollar and since then, the US Dollar has legally circulated in Panama. In other words, in practice, the currency used day-to-day in Panama is the US dollar, which is also legal tender.
LANGUAGE: Numerous languages are used by Panama's population, the dominant one being Spanish. Panama has seven native groups which speak several indigenous languages. Spanish has official status in Panama, and about 14% of the population use English as well.