Wednesday, June 20, 2012


 PANAMA CANAL  VACATION  All Inclusive Resorts


Visiting the Panama Canal is prefect to pass one day while on your family holiday vacation. Panama canal cruises are rich in both  history and culture. Panama was born from Latin and Spanish Cultures with a mix of friendly people and ancient traditions.  The famous Panama Canal is a must see as one of the most intriguing man made wonders of the world along with the ancient Mayan ruins of Panama Viejo, built in 1514 by Casco Viejo, where the city moved after it was plundered by Caribbean Buccaneers and pirates in 1670. Panama City and the Panama Canal have been declared "Patrimony of Humanity" by the United Nations due to their historic and architectural significance of Panama which has become a international sophisticated financial center with the commercial modern city.


Casco Viejo, Panama CIty
Casco Viejo, Panama CIty (Photo credit: kendtt MacElwee)
Panama Canal has cruise tours that start in the Pacific ocean and end at the Atlantic Ocean. The Panama Canal tour is considered the main attraction for all tourist that cruise to Panama, with its natural borders  Panama still offers great fishing, diving, or just beach combing.  Panama is protected under its National Parks program for wildlife preservation which makes it stunning for exotic bird watching and  nature lovers and Eco tourism with over two thousand types of Orchid, flora and fauna species native to Panama.

After your Panama cruise you can relax and enjoy Panama Restaurants that include seafood with fresh fish, lobster from both oceans and a vast selection of international fine dining and cuisines that can be found near panama,  Marbella, at the heart of the City, Casco Viejo and Fort Amador, at the entrance of the Canal, all lined with interesting international restaurants, bars, discos and clubs. Shopping in Panama is truly an adventure as you will find the very latest in electronics, high fashion and expensive jewelry as well as beautiful artwork and crafts, and all the luxury brand names in fashion. The legal currency in Panama is the USD so you don't have to worry about being cheated on the exchange rates and can focus all your attention of getting the best deal in the Panama shopping malls.
Panama Canal
Panama Canal (Photo credit: whatadqr)


Plan to take a Panama Cruise Tour and experience the natural wonders of the Panamanian people, its Mayan culture, pristine nature and of coarse the world famous Panama Canal. You can also stay in one of the many first class luxury hotels in Panama or book an all inclusive panama holiday complete with your very own Panama tour guide.

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Friday, May 7, 2010


Panama Playa Blanca All Inclusive Beach Resort
The Playa Blanca Resort is situated on one of the most beautiful white sand beaches on Panamas Pacific Coast. It is about two hours drive away from Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport. This all-inclusive resort offers you a great variety of services and facilities including a tour desk to organize day trips to other attractions close by. Most always sunny, The Playa Blanca Resort offers an incredibly long and relaxing white sand beach, excellent service and good food. The hotel complex includes 3 different restaurants and a snack bar.
At the recently inaugurated Playa Blanca Resort you will find 219 rooms, 3 suites and 1 penthouse. They feature a terrace or balcony with a view to beach, gardens or swimming pool; air conditioning, a king or two queen beds, bathroom with shower, hair dryer, cable TV, safe and telephone. Other facilities include 2 huge swimming pools, 2 Jacuzzis, tennis courts and a daily program of activities and entertainment for adults and children. Also included in this all-inclusive system with unlimited consumption are non-motorized water sports such as kayaks and marine bicycles, aerobics and dance classes. .more info at :

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Thursday, February 25, 2010


Maybe your dream vacation includes an adventurous trip to the jungle or perhaps a recipe of refreshing ocean air mixed with a little pampering is what you crave. No matter what you desire, it's waiting for you in Panama!
Things you may not know about Panama:
80 miles coast to coast, about 135 Km, - Would you like to Scuba dive in the morning on the Atlantic side of Panama (North), have lunch, and then go surfing on the Pacific (in the South part of the country) in the afternoon??
In Panama, it's possible! Would you like to have breakfast in your hotel and then go explore right into the deep rainforest in less than 1 hour?
How does civilization lives along with Nature? Come and find out in Panama!!
Linking South and North America, Panama is bordered by ocean on the north and south and neighbored by Colombia and Costa Rica.
Panama has two seasons: dry and wet. The dry season lasts from January through April. The temperature is generally 80 to 85 degrees and it rarely rains all day.
Did you know The Panama Canal has serviced over three quarters of a million vessels since 1914? and has influenced world trade patterns, increased growth in all countries, and has been a spark of commerce for the vast majority of the planet. A vessel can save up to 10 travel days by using the Panama Canal! Can you imagine all the savings??
Did you know that the word "PANAMA" means lots of fish and butterflies. The Panama Audubon Society has several world records for most species seen on one day (over 400 species seen on 1 day) You can see the white-tipped sicklebill, Rufous-crested coquette, and the Brown-billed scythebill, the Brown-backed Dove and many more.
Traveling to paradise won't take as long as you may think. Depending on your location, you can be enjoying the fruits of the islands and the hearts of the casinos after only a few hours of travel time!

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Monday, June 1, 2009



Capital of the Republic of Panama, located near the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, on the Gulf of Panama. The site was originally an Indian fishing village; the name Panamá means “many fish.” The old city (Panamá Viejo) was founded in 1519 by Governor Pedro Arias Dávila and was made the seat of both secular and ecclesiastical authority. From the Andean countries bullion was shipped northward by sea to Panama City and from there was carried across the isthmus by pack animals to Nombre de Dios or Portobelo on the Caribbean coast for shipment to Spain. The city prospered until the depredations of pirates and privateers curtailed trade. In 1595 Sir Francis Drake tried unsuccessfully to send a force across the isthmus to sack old Panama; in 1671, however, Henry (afterward Sir Henry) Morgan completely destroyed it. The new city (Panamá Nuevo) was rebuilt 5 miles (8 km) west of the old site in 1674 by Alonso Mercado de Villacorta, a Spanish conquistador. Political and economic decline followed, and in 1751 the city and area became part of New Granada and eventually part of Colombia. During the 19th century, Panama was the scene of much disorder. In 1903 independence from Colombia was declared there, and the city was made the national Panamanian capital. During the period 1903–36 the United States was responsible for policing the city.



Fronting two oceans, Panama offers an expert's choice of beaches, both on the mainland and on islands just offshore. Both coasts have beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters, white sand, coral reefs and coconut palm trees. From small coves to miles of open beaches, from sensual sandy beaches to rugged coasts, from popular beaches to deserted beaches, there is a beach for you in Panama. With so many possibilities, in Panama the challenge is choosing which one to visit.
With the exception of Chiriqui Highland, each region in Panama includes a unique and pleasurable beach destination. Only a few minutes drive from Panama City, you can find 80 kilometers of Pacific Beaches stretching from Punta Chame to Farallon offering resort hotels, sport facilities and restaurants for your enjoyment. Sailing enthusiasts can have their fun too in those quiet waters and visit the flower-island of Taboga or the enchanting Pearl Archipelago.
Just as is any other country with beaches, there are specific beaches, for specific activities. Surfing, which is the most popular water sports in Panama, can be practiced in beaches such as El Palmar, Rio Mar, Punta Barco and Playa Venao. On the other hand, if you are trying to find a partner for that special party on Saturday, then you better go to Coronado or Farallon.
Nevertheless, the first one of these beaches is 50 miles away from Panama City, but from that point on there is nothing but sand, sun, and waves. You can even hop in a bus and travel to many of these beaches in a day or two.



Panama dining offers a range of choices, and though the food in Panama isn't necessarily why people come here, more and more quality restaurants are popping up across the country. The ethnic food of Panama is a result of the many different cultural influences that have occurred in Panama's history. Europeans and North Americans are among the immigrant groups with a strong presence in this melting pot country, and Afro-Caribbean influences are most commonly found on Panama's northern Atlantic coast. Panama is a tropical country, linking Central America to South America, and you'll find no shortage of fresh and healthy fruits here. Due to Panama's relatively small size, you can find typical Panamanian food dishes on the menu throughout the country's different regions. If you're feeling especially daring, you might sample what the Panama street vendors are offering.

Panama dining is probably best enjoyed in Panama City. Here, you will find the biggest variety of restaurants, some specializing in Panamanian food, and others offering international selections. The ethnic food of Panama City ranges from Thai and Japanese, to Italian and Middle Eastern. The Spanish, who figure prominently in Panama's storied history, have definitely left their mark on the food in Panama. Ceviche, which the Spanish more or less invented in Peru, can be found throughout Latin America, and Panama is no different. You can get Ceviche pretty much anywhere you go in Panama, and it generally is composed of fresh corvina fish that is chopped and "cooked" in lemon juice. Other spices are added, and the overall tanginess of the dish is part of what makes it so popular. Panama City has a variety of fast food-style restaurants, and grabbing a quick hamburger is easier than ever. Due to the increasing presence of North Americans in Panama, cafes and bistros are increasing in number. Outside of Panama City, your choices for restaurants will diminish significantly, but as tourism increases and more and more foreigners invest in Panama real estate, the choices keep getting better every day.

To start your day off in Panama, you might grab a cup of coffee and some "hojaldras". The Panamanian food version of doughnuts, hojaldras are deep fried dough pieces that are doused in sugar. Panama coffee can be quite good, and it is perhaps best enjoyed in the western Panama Chiriqui Highlands. Here, on the lush mountain slopes, coffee plantations churn out high-quality coffee beans. In the town of Boquete, the January Flower and Coffee Festival celebrates the region's coffee crop. It's surely one of the more interesting Panama festivals. Gallo Pinto is a Panama food dish that consists of pork, rice and beans. It is often enjoyed for breakfast across Panama, accompanied by eggs. Tortillas are a Panama food staple, and in the morning, many Panamanians like to start their day with a tortilla topped with eggs, beans, cheese and whatever else might be available. The Panama tortilla tends to be thicker than what you will find in other Latin American countries, and it is commonly deep fried. In the northwest Panama Bocas del Toro Province, fresh coconut often makes it to the table, and you might enjoy a nice "batido", or fruit shake. Afro-Caribbean cultures on Panama's north coast tend to enjoy greasy meats for breakfast, which while high on cholesterol, are quite savory.

Since Panama is very much dependent on its maritime links, you can bet that seafood is offered throughout the country. When you visit the San Blas Islands, for example, the Kuna Indians that will supply the bulk of your meals tend to offer rice and fish as primary staples. Red Snapper and Corvina (Sea Bass) are common fish that are found in Panamanian food dishes, and shrimp, lobster, and octopus are in ready supply wherever you go. Common at small food stands by the Panama beaches are "empanadas". These tasty snacks can be found all over Panama, really, and consist of flour turnovers that are filled with either meat or cheese. Sometimes, it's customary to sprinkle a little sugar over them. When it's time to enjoy a staple Panama food main course, a dish known as "Sancocho" is a good place to start. More or less a soup or stew, Sancocho is a combination of spices, chicken, and vegetables. Sancocho varies a bit depending on who prepares it, and sometimes other meats are added with the chicken. Exhibiting a bit of a Spanish influence, the Panama food dish known as "Casado" is sure to fill you up. It consists of rice and beans that are mixed with different meats and fish.

In the western Chiriqui Highlands, the volcanic soil and Spring-like climate lend themselves nicely to the cultivation of fresh vegetables. When exploring the Panama dining options in the Chiriqui Highlands, you'll find the salads to be a little more dynamic, for sure. Yucca is a common vegetable staple in Panama food, and is a starchy vegetable that grows best in the tropics. The Yucca root is generally fried or deep fried, and replaces french fries in many ways. "Carimañola" is a popular yucca dish, and consists of a yucca roll that is stuffed with meats and eggs. "Culantro" characterizes Panama food dishes, and is akin to cilantro, only it has a bit more flavor. Partly due to Afro-Caribbean influences, "platanos", or plantains, are a common Panama side dish, especially on the Atlantic coast. Though they look like bananas, plantains are noticeably different. Cut into slices and fried, platanos make for an excellent side dish. When the tropical Panama heat is getting to you, all you have to do is track down a street vendor selling "raspados". These vendors are easy to find, and they serve up shaved ice snow cones. You can choose from different flavors, and surely at some point you'll be tempted by these refreshing treats.



Panama shopping is certainly something that can be enjoyed during a Panama vacation. Whether you are looking to pick up some fresh vegetables at a local market, or are interested in stocking up on duty free items, shopping in Panama can fill more than its fair share of hours. Panama shopping is well-complimented by the handicraft items that some of the country's native populations are known for. Panama shops are most abundant in Panama City, and more and more upscale offerings are opening up every year here. Before you head to the Panama shops or markets, you'll want to learn a little bit about the currency of Panama.
The official Panama currency is the Panamanian Balboa, which is tied to the U.S. dollar. The U.S. dollar is the actual currency of Panama, and the Balboa more or less serves no more purpose than being a monetary symbol of sorts. The Balboa Panama currency comes in the form of coins that are offered in denominations similar to those of U.S. coins. Their values are easy to recognize, especially by U.S. citizens, as these Panama currency coins are even sized the same as U.S. coins. While North Americans will not have to worry about changing money in Panama, Europeans and others foreigners can change Euros and such at the Banco Nacional branches. There is a Banco Nacional branch at the Panama City Tocumen International Airport, so you might stop there once you arrive. Changing money before you leave on your Panama trip is always a good idea. There are ATM machines in the larger Panama cities, which can come in handy, and credit cards can also serve you well. If you want to withdraw some currency in Panama with your credit card, you'll generally get pretty good exchange rates.

Once you've armed yourself with some Panama currency, you're ready to hit the Panama shops and markets. As mentioned, you'll find Panama City to have the largest selection of Panama shops. There are a few malls around town here, and the Amador Causeway has a shopping center where you can spend a good part of the day. Vía España is one of Panama City's main avenues, and here you'll find a nice array of stores, both high and low end. Avenida Central is a fun street to do some Panama shopping on. It's quite a lively atmosphere, and you'll find plenty of cheap stores here, not to mention all kinds of interesting street vendors. If you are staying at one of the Panama City hotels or vacation rentals that have units with kitchens, you might head to the Mercado de Mariscos on Avenida Balboa. You can find all kinds of fresh seafood here. Next to the seafood market is the Public Market (Mercado Publico). It's a wonderful farmer's market offering up all sorts of spices, meats, fruits and vegetables. Indigenous handicrafts are among the most popular Panama shopping items. Though buying them at traditional villages is always more authentic, you can find handicraft markets in Panama City should you be limited on time. The Mercado Nacional de Artesanías in Panama City's Panama Viejo district offers handmade crafts from around the country. The Kuna and Embera cultures sell their goods at markets in nearby Balboa.

Kuna Indians, who control an autonomous region on Panama's northeast coast, make and sell one of the most coveted Panama products. The Kuna women are known to weave what are known as "Molas". These colorful garments feature ornate designs, sometimes of sea creatures and other animals. Taking a few Molas home is sure to add some neat flare to your wardrobe, and they certainly make for excellent and unique gifts. When visiting the San Blas Islands, you'll have the chance to tour native Kuna villages and do some firsthand shopping. The Kuna women also make intriguing and equally colorful leg wrappings. These beaded fashion items are sure to make quite a statement back home. If you make it over Panama's western Chiriqui Highlands, you won't want to leave without picking up some locally grown coffee. Various cafes and grocery stores in the towns of Boquete and Volcan sell coffee products, and you can always take a coffee plantation tour to learn more about Panama coffee production. At Boquete's main plaza, you'll find a handicraft market where you can get items made by the Kuna, Embera, and Ngobe-Bugle cultures.

If you have taken an interest in Panama shopping, you probably have heard of the country's duty free shops. In Colon, Panama, which is about a 45-minute drive from Panama City, you'll find the famous Free Trade Zone. This conglomeration of shops features products from companies found around the world. Many guests of Panama cruises hit the Free Trade Zone to peruse the goods, and you can easily arrange a visit from either Colon or Panama City. For those who plan on doing a lot of Panama shopping, you might bring an extra suitcase. You won't need to pack a bunch of bulky, cold-weather clothes after all. Perhaps you might fill a suitcase with gifts of all kinds for Panamanian children, and then use it to put your Panama goods in for the trip home.