Though famous for the Panama Canal, passage for worldwide shipping routes, Panama and its accommodations also offer a gateway to lush natural wonders and vibrant, Caribbean-influenced culture. A heady mix of African, North American, American Indian and Spanish influences show up in everything from music to cuisine.
Thousands of miles of beaches attract sun lovers, and Panama hotel guests can escape for a day at the sea for lounging, surfing or whale watching. Intrepid adventurers can climb Volcán Barú, one of two volcanoes (and even camp in the crater!), hike in multiple wilderness parks or visit indigenous communities, including the Kuna, who sew colorful, traditional mola panel blouses. If travelers at our Panama hotels find themselves staying during Carnival, there are nationwide celebrations, especially in Las Tablas, where groups on the Calle Arriba and Calle Abajo engage in a parade competition to match Rio’s.
While Panama City, on the Pacific coast, offers Panama hotel guests access to all things modern, there is also the option of strolling through the stone ruins of Old Panama or the Casco Antiguo colonial neighborhood.
And if you simply must experience crossing this alluring isthmus, don’t miss a boat trip through the canal, dwarfed by hulking freighters.