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Panama HotelsBridging the countries of Costa Rica and Colombia, Panama is a relatively small but fascinating country which enjoys an abundance of natural beauty as well as plenty of man-made attractions. The capital is a thriving economic center, full of gleaming skyscrapers and banking headquarters, although there are also older parts of the city with well-preserved historic buildings. Many tourists come for the beaches, with powdery white sands and clear blue seas, as well as plenty of tiny islands that have been turned into dream vacation resorts. Things to seeUnder the domed ceilings of Albrook Shopping Mall you’ll find dozens of shops and boutiques selling clothing, home wares, and accessories at low prices. At the center of the mall is a vintage carousel, and the brightly colored décor gives the whole building a fun, carnival-like atmosphere. The Multiplaza Pacific is a sleek and stylish modern mall with designer stores, a children’s playground, and a multiscreen cinema making it a fun day out for all the family. The Interoceanic Canal Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the iconic Panama Canal; one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Inside this pleasant colonial building you’ll find displays showing the technology that was used and stories of the various attempts to build the canal over the years. The museum is located in the Panama Old Quarter which is full of pretty white buildings looking out to Panama Bay, with tall church spires, terracotta roofs, and narrow cobbled streets. In the evenings, the decadently styled Veneto Casino is a great place to relax with table games, slots, fine dining, cocktail bars, and an interesting calendar of entertainment. Hotels in
PanamaIf you travel in Panama, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to hotels, with everything from 5-star all-inclusive luxury resorts to budget motels across the country. Book a mid-range hotel and you’ll find clean, comfortable accommodation with rooms that have extra amenities such as complimentary WiFi, newspapers, room service, cable channels including HBO, coffee makers, and hair dryers. Most hotels also have features such as business centers, outdoor pools, fitness equipment, buffet breakfasts, and event facilities such as wedding services and catering. Where to stayPanama City is the capital of Panama and the cultural and economic heart of the country. You’ll find gleaming skyscrapers and high-rise buildings packed into the streets, with the nearby Panama Canal meaning you’ll find lots of shipping and export companies based here. Farallon is in the south of the country looking out to the Gulf of Panama, and is a popular beach resort with long white sandy beaches and warm blue seas. It’s a popular vacation spot with many upmarket hotels and golf courses in the area. Bocas del Toro is in the north of the country, close to the border with Costa Rica, and many visitors come here to see the lush, dense rainforests full of rare flowers and wildlife. It also offers bright blue seas full of coral and marine life, and many of the sleepy, rugged islands just off the coast are home to luxury hotels and resorts. How to get to PanamaPanama City’s Tocumen International Airport welcomes the majority of international visitors, with flights arriving from across the USA and South America. The airport is about 15 miles from the heart of the city, and you can either pick up a rental car, or grab one of the official tourist taxis from the terminal which are safer than unlicensed cabs. The smaller Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" International Airport is in the west of the city and has regular domestic flights arriving from across Panama. From here you can take the 20 minute taxi ride into the heart of the city, or pick up a rental car from one of the desks. Bocas del Toro "Isla Colon" International Airport is on an island in the popular Bocas del Toro region, and as a smaller airport has a limited number of taxis, so it’s advisable to book one in advance.