Panama Archive

Tourism News From Latin America – January 2013

On this luxury travel blog we’re usually pointing to new hotel reviews, tour stories, or high-end real estate round-ups. Sometimes we’ll sip some tequila or rum. There’s always a lot going on under the radar in the tourism world though, so here’s an update on some travel news. We’ve reviewed Mexico’s Interjet airline in the [...]

Three Upscale Boutique Hotels in Panama City’s Historic District

Panama is known as the Miami of Central America, full of skyscrapers, international banks, and lots of wheeling and dealing. It’s a thriving business center that has shrugged off the worldwide recession and kept growing at a frantic pace. If you’re a tourist, however, this pace—on top of the heat and humidity—can be a bit [...]

What’s New In Latin American Travel – 2012/2013

Last week I attended a conference called TravelMart Latin America, which was held in the beautiful city of Cartagena, Colombia. This is an annual meet-up of travel suppliers, tour companies, airlines, hotel companies, and destination tourism offices. It’s most for the buying and selling of travel services, the making of business alliances, but I attended [...]

An Update on Real Estate in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Bocas del Toro has long been the Caribbean’s Badlands, a string of islands for rugged castaways and those escaping something—or someone. This string of islands off the coast of Panama has long been touted, along with Honduras’ Bay Islands, as one of the last real values in the Caribbean. For a while, the trajectory seemed [...]

Laguna Azul Eco-Lodge in Panama is an Island Retreat

Some define luxury lodging as a place with lots of gold and marble, others by pampering service, and some by private exclusivity. Laguna Azul, on a Caribbean island off the coast of Panama, falls into the latter category, with a dose of green travel guilt reduction for good measure. You can only reach it by [...]

How Much Does It Cost to Retire in Latin America?

Although luxury real estate is by nature expensive in any country, there can be a huge variance from place to place. I had a bizarre juxtaposition illustration of this a couple weeks ago when I watched two House Hunters International shows back to back. In the first, a couple was looking for a beachfront home [...]