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Five Things to See With Just One Week in Panama

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Panama has a lot to offer for visitors, and in a way, this could be a problem if you’ve only got a limited time to spend here. With so much to do in see in such a small country, you’ll be overwhelmed if you try to see it all on your first try. Of course, we recommend multiple trips to Panama, both long and short, but we realize that’s not feasible for everyone. So, in order to get the most out of your one-week trip, here are the five things we recommend to see.
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Top 4 Family-Friendly Hotels in Panama

Hard Rock Hotel, Panama.
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Panama is a place where everyone is welcome, and that means families too! In fact, more than just “welcome”, families are encouraged to visit Panama, as it offers so much for people of all ages to do, at a great value for time and money. When coming to visit Panama with your family, you’ll want to make sure everyone gets the experience they want. That’s not easy to do with so many ages and tastes. We feel like no matter what you do, your family won’t be happy unless they’re happy with where they’re staying. In honor of that, here are our top 4 family-friendly hotels we recommend staying in while you’re here.
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Lake Gatun: Panama’s biodiverse, tropical escape

Lake Gatun, Panama.
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There’s no secret as to the location of Lake Gatun, no far away distance to travel to get there, and no shortage of traffic that passes through it. After all, Lake Gatun has been made most famous by the Panama Canal. The large, artificial (yes, you read that right) lake is home to over 800 species of birds, hundreds of Geoffroy’s, Howler, and Capuchin monkeys, crocodiles, and a seemingly endless amount of tropical flora and fauna, right at your fingertips. This is the center of the Panama Canal, where east meets west, and you can still see some of the world’s biggest (and most famous) mega-barges pass through each and every day.
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Top 5 Food Experiences in Panama

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Are you a traveler who loves to eat? Are you a foodie in Panama? Looking for a fun way to entertain guests and family? We’ve some treats for you! Panama is a diverse country with a diverse cultural heritage, and many current international influences. Because of this, the food scene is great. No matter what your taste, you’re bound to find what you love, and discover something new along the way. To give you a list to start with, here are our top five picks for unique, high quality food experiences in Panama.
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A Panama Renaissance in Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo, Panama
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Panama’s historic “old city”, known as Casco Viejo or Casco Antiguo by some, is going through an incredible renaissance these days. It’s the #1 most visited area of the country tourism wise, it’s home to many of Panama’s best restuarants and bars, it has walkable small beaches, plazas, parks, and is where the seat of government resides in the nation. It’s grown, once again, into the cultural and entertainment center of Panama City. But it wasn’t always this way. Casco Viejo has gone through many layers of change over the past few decades. In fact, it’s gone through this time and time again over the past few centuries. Right now, the neighborhood is in full-on boom mode, and more importantly, a cultural renaissance.
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Four Reasons to Visit Panama in 2018

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Panama has a bit of everything when it comes to tourism, which is why so many people visit each year, for long and short-term stays. There’s natural wonder, big city sights, shopping, and culture around every turn. That being said, there are always new reasons to visit, especially as the country evolves and changes, getting better each year. This year, 2018, is no different. Here are our top four picks on why!
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Visiting Panama on a Budget? Here’s how to do it best!

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Planning on moving to Panama or retiring in Panama? You’re going to want to visit first. For many people, budgets are tight when it comes to international travel, especially if you want to do a lot, and see a lot before making your decision to move. With so much to see in Panama, planning a full trip at a great price is important. Luckily for you, it’s also very doable, and with just a bit of preparation, can be done without a hitch. From lodging to transportation, food and entertainment, and excursions for the whole family, you’ll be able to find the perfect exploration trip, without breaking the bank. Here are some tips on how to do it.
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Playa Venao: Panama’s hidden gem on the Azuero coast

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Panama’s beaches have always been a source of pleasure and relaxation for locals, tourists, and full and part-time expats. Panama is famous for its dual coastlines that stretch the width of the entire country on both the Pacific and Caribbean, and a few names always pop out as the most popular: Coronado, Isla Grande, Las Lajas, San Carlos, Santa Catalina, and now…Playa Venao. If you’ve lived in Panama for even a short time, you’ve most likely heard of it, but may not have been there yet. This is because for a long time, Playa Venao was a well-kept secret for locals from the Azuero, and some die-hard surfers and nature enthusiasts. Now, the beach is coming full swing into the fold becoming an eco-tourist hot spot, and soon, a popular location to live and retire to as well. Here’s why.
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Panama’s Caribbean Coast: Beaches, beauty, and natural wonder

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Panama’s Caribbean coast has a unique history. It’s the first coast the Spanish settled upon, a place rich in resources and pristine beaches, and hosts the northern mouth of the Panama Canal. For the past century or so, however, Panama’s Caribbean coast has largely been overshadowed by the economic and tourism powerhouse of the capital city and developed beach areas of the Pacific. Despite all this, there is a certain kind of magic contained within Panama’s Caribbean coastline. One that locals in the rest of the country know, and value, even if they don’t visit that often. Panama’s northern Caribbean coast has some of the country’s best beaches, hikes, fishing, boating, maritime commerce, and yes, party scene. Here’s more.
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Boquete: Panama’s Perfect Mountain Paradise

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If you’ve visited Boquete, Panama before, you’ll understand why this title’s true. Boquete is one of the true treats of small-town Panama, popular with locals for centuries, and now a hot spot for tourism and expat relocation as well. Boquete is situated about a 6-hour drive from Panama City, tucked away in the Chiriqui highlands. It’s easy to reach from David (Panama’s 2nd largest city) which is a 40-minute drive away. The proximity to David also makes Boquete easy to reach by short drive after a flight from Panama City, which takes about 30-40 minutes. This makes Boquete remote, but still accessible without much hassle to the capital and its airports and bus terminals. Boquete is situated right in the mountains, adjacent to Volcan Baru. It’s got a cool climate (60s-70s F, 20-26 C), which makes it an ideal escape from the heat, and a great location for outdoor activities.
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