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PANAMA

PANAMA CITY

In Central America, the last stop before South America is Panama, a country that
rewards her visitors with a historic capital, PANAMA CITY, hundreds of miles of
beaches on two seacoasts, an amazing diversity of flora and fauna, and a melting pot
of cultures.
SEE/DO: Sprawling along beautiful Panama Bay, Panama City welcomes her guests
with a handsome profile of glass skyscrapers, as well as a delicious restaurant scene,
lively nightlife, casino action and the only rainforest in the world within city limits-the
655-acre Metropolitan National Park. Left over from earlier days is the colonial
Casco Viejo, a UNESCO World Heritage site that's a restored 17th century district
with trendy clubs, art galleries, restaurants and boutique hotels.
There's a fine new museum out by the oldest part of the city, Panama Viejo, as
well as architect Frank Gehry's colorful Biodiversity Museum now open on the
causeway overlooking the country's main attraction: the Panama Canal. From
the capital, it's an easy drive to the beaches of the Pacific coast, a boat ride into
the Darien jungle, or a short flight to the Caribbean shores of the Bocas del Toro
archipelago for snorkeling, scuba diving and rainforest magic.
SIGNATURE EVENT: Fiesta de Polleras, a parade of hundreds of Panamanian
ladies wearing the elaborate national costume of Panama, the pollera; held in
November in Las Tablas on the Azuero Peninsula.
STAY: Boutique hotels set the style in Old Town Panama City, with the newest
luxury entry, the beautifully restored La Concordia, joining the current favorite, the
American Trade Hotel; and in Bocas del Toro, check out Red Frog Beach Island
Resort & Spa, fitted out with 1-bedroom suites to 6-bedroom villas and a new multimillion-dollar beach club.

Both photos: Panama City offers a vibrant contemporary
vibe as well as a charming colonial side.

FASTFACTS
BEST TIME TO GO: On the Pacific coast, peak season
(aka dry season) runs mid-December to mid-April; driest
months on the Caribbean coast are February, March,
September and October
GETTING THERE: Delta flies from Atlanta to Panama City
ENTRY DOCUMENTS: Valid passport
CURRENCY: U.S. dollar
INFORMATION PLEASE: Panama Tourism Authority-
visitpanama.com
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