Panama travel Archive

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 [...]

New Westin Playa Bonita Near Panama City

When the Westin brand continued their Latin America expansion and set up in Panama, they didn’t build another skyscraper in the middle of Panama City. Instead they located it on a nearby beach on the other side of the Panama Canal entrance: Playa Bonita. The location is close enough to the capital to stay here [...]

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 [...]

New Tourism Developments in Panama

Our previous blog post pointed to our story on the hot real estate market in Panama City, but what if you just want to visit? Panama has always been an also-ran when it comes to tourism, with the bulk of their inbound arrivals coming for business, not pleasure. The national tourism bureau has not done [...]

Value Spirits from Panama and Mexico

Sometimes on this luxury blog I’ll review high-end liquor that’s worth the premium. Let’s face it though: even the wealthiest travelers don’t stick to top-shelf spirits all the time, especially when ordering a cocktail or three. Plus half the fun of traveling somewhere foreign is trying out the local food and drinks. Here are two [...]