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The country of Panama is shaped as a funny banana shape I call it. Curvy and beautiful in its’ own, it is the country that links Central America to South America.
Panama has over 20 large cities and over 4o islands. Many travelers and scuba divers fly straight to Bocas del Toro – a group of 8 islands where diving and the beach is key along with partying! I did not travel to Bocas this time, but it is in my future plans indeed.
As for my first trip to Panama, I went straight to the capital of Panama City.
The city is not only a modern, cosmopolitan city, but it also has a great waterfront to explore.
Where to See the Waterfront
Besides hanging out at popular Calle 50 and deciding where to stay or which restaurant to go to, head to Vina del Mar and follow it to Avenue Balboa. Get as close to the water as you can and take in the city sights, the Pacific Ocean, and all there is waiting for you at your feet in Panama.
Where to Stay?
Many hostels are budget friendly for average of $15 per night on Calle 50 and surrounding streets. If you are looking to splurge and be on the waterfront, stay at the Trump Ocean Club, Radisson Decapolis or the Intercontinental Miramar.
Where to Eat?
Panama has so many options, sometimes it feels like too many! Which is never a bad thing…
I find many restaurants are on Calle 50, Calle 51 and at the hotels. For local foods, you can find many small spots or local food stands. Whatever you crave, Panama has it. I highly recommend Panamanian ceviche which has more cilantro and a bit of a kick to it.
An island is located only 1 hour ride away via ferry…I will get to that tomorrow!
The jungle is located in north Panama, also only 1 hour away!
For Bocas del Toro, take a 1 hour flight or an overnight bus ride.
Have you explored Panama City yet?