Panama City Hotels
Without question Panama City is the most cosmopolitan capital in all of Central America. The City is the gateway to the country’s rich historical roots and is also a vibrant tourist destination with plenty to see and do. While Panama itself is called the ‘Hub of the Americas’, Panama City has become the largest international banking and trade center outside of Hong Kong. A skyline of shimmering glass and steel towers is reminiscent of Miami. So, it’s no surprise, the city is often called the ‘Miami of the south’. English is commonly spoken throughout. Panama enjoys the benefits which come from ethnic diversity, like boasting a vast array of restaurants, with opportunities to dine on everything from Panamanian ceviche to BBQ chicken kebabs.
Near the western edge of Panama you will find the mountain village of Boquete. It is about a 45 minute drive north from the provincial capital city of David, pronounced ‘Da-Veed’. Boquete is nestled in the country’s mountainous Chiriqui region and at 1,200 meters (3,600 ft.) it is considered a highland community. The Caldera River lies to the east while the stunning Volcan Baru, the highest peak in the country, lies to the west, and is the focal point for stunning views for town residents and visitors alike. Boquete boasts a comfortable year round ‘spring like’ climate which is ideal for the active retiree and outdoor adventure seekers of any age. Activities are numerous and include bird watching, hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting, golfing and more. Additionally, the climate is perfect as is the rich, fertile soil for growing flowers, coffe and vegetables. Besides often being named one of the best places to retire Boquete is also famous for the world’s best coffee and is the bread basket of Panama.
Bocas del Toro Hotels
The Bocas del Toro archipelago (def – chain or cluster of islands) like many parts of Panama has a unique natural beauty. The combination of races and ethnicities live in harmony here blending the indigenous, Western Caribbean peoples, Latino’s and expats. Bocas del Toro is a beautiful island community which sometimes seems lost in time. It is blessed by nature and brings an authentic Caribbean flavour to Panama. Although the town of Bocas Isla Colon offers up an incredibly large number of options when it comes to accommodations, dining and entertainment the real action is found off shore in the many protected islands and waterways of the archipelago where opportunities for diving, snorkeling, surfing or just exploring abound.
For over a decade now the Playa Blanca region of Panama has been a destination for those seeking all-inclusive resort comforts on the white sand beaches of Panama’s Dry Arc (Arco Seco). While the Royal Decameron and the Playa Blanca Resort (formerly a Barceló managed Hotel & Resort) were the only spots on the Playa Blanca for many years there has been a boom in resort development along this coastal area of Panama. Now you can chose from a number of all-inclusive hotels and resorts including the Bristol Buenaventura and the Royalton Panama Spa and Resort to name a few.