An Afternoon Stroll

The Cinta Costera is an excellent choice for an afternoon stroll or a bike ride.  Many city dwellers take advantage of this recreational area to play a friendly game of basketball or just to hang out and chill for a while as they watch the sun set over the bay. http://cintacostera.com/

Casablanca

When you go to Casco Antiguo you will most certainly pass by this beautiful building that houses Casablanca, a restaurant that has an incredible atmosphere and delicious food. You may eat inside in  air conditioned comfort or sit outside in the plaza in front.  Either way, you will not be disappointed. http://cascoviejo.com/casablanca/

The Golden Altar

This famous church is a must see when you visit the Casco Antiguo.  The altar is made of gold.  Legend has it that it was saved from being looted by the infamous pirate Henry Morgan when a quick thinking priest painted it black in order to hide its value. http://cascoviejo.com/   http://www.panama-guide.com/article.php/20060427223159815

Plaza de Francia

Plaza de Francia is a beautiful location in Casco Antiguo dedicated to the French citizens who first initiated the Panama Canal.  http://cascoviejo.com/    http://www.thepanamanews.com/pn/v_09/issue_10/travel_02.html

Gourmet Ice Cream

One of the best gourmet ice creams on Planet Earth may be found at Granclement in Casco Antiguo.  The only problem you will have is trying to decide what flavor to choose from! Good luck, you may just have to eat several cones before you leave out the door.  My personal favorites are Vanilla Bean […]

Biodiversity Museum: Panama, Bridge of Life

The Biodiversity Museum: Panama, Bridge of Life is the official name of this museum.  It is the ambitious project designed by the world renowned architect, Frank Gehry, who designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. http://www.biomuseopanama.org/      

Parque Omar

Parque Omar is also the site of many open air concerts and festivals.  People come on the weekends to listen to music or to have a picnic with their family. http://www.panama-guide.com/article.php/20060305172233945

Parks Abound!

In Panama there are many parks and natural settings where you can go to relax and release the stress of the day.  One of the favorites among the locals is Parque Omar.  It is always filled with people walking, riding bikes, playing soccer, or just lounging around catching the afternoon breeze.

Modern comforts mixed with tropical beauty…

 Panama offers both the comforts of a modern metropolis and the natural beauty of tropical paradise.  http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-487663-panama_city_vacations-i

Causeway Marina

If you love the water, come take a walk along the Causeway and delight in the sights and sounds of a true water lover’s paradise.

More Birds…

Another picture for all the bird lover’s out there.

A Birdwatcher’s Dream Come True

If you are a birdwatcher, Panama will not disappoint you.  You will be amazed by the variety of birds that can be sighted here.  Some will even pose for the picture! http://www.canopytower.com/    http://www.birdingpanama.com/

Peace and Tranquility

If you are looking for peace and tranquility, Panama is full of places to relax.  Come and immerse yourself in the lush greenery and the peaceful waters of Panama’s countryside.  You won’t want to leave!

Gamboa

If you are the outdoors type that loves adventures, Panama is the place to visit. Just a short car ride from the city will take you to Gamboa where you can indulge your appetite for adventure. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamboa,_Panama   http://www.gamboaexpeditions.com/contact.html

The Color and Charm of Casco Antiguo

Nothing compares to the beauty of a sunny day in the Old Quarter, known as Casco Antiguo. You can walk its brick streets and be transported back in time to when the French made the first attempt to construct the Panama Canal.

Spectacular Architecture

This beautiful neogothic structure is one of my favorite churches here in Panama.  It is located near the Hotel El Panama right in the center of town.  http://epiac1216.wordpress.com/2009/02/19/the-beauty-of-a-gothic-church-in-panama/

Kuna Indians

One of the most well known indigenous groups here in Panama are the Kuna Indians. They are famous for their handmade molas and jewelry.  The women dress in bright colors and incorporate their craftmanship into their native costume. http://public.cwpanama.net/~bowerman/page3.html

Beat the Heat

A tasty way to beat the heat is with a delicious snow cone.  In Panama we call them “raspao” and they are served up with a hefty serving of condensed milk.  This particular vendor can be found in Plaza de Francia en Casco Antiguo.  My favorite is fruit punch. Mmmmmm….delicious! http://folklore.panamatipico.com/articulo.php?articulo=344  http://cascoviejo.com/raspados-julio/

Delicious Seafood

If you visit the Causeway, stop in at Alberto’s. The food is delicious and the prices are reasonable, This delicious plate of clams is just one of the many appetizers available on the menu

Molas

If you are looking for a souvenir to take home as a gift, a handmade mola is the perfect item.  It is hand sewn by the Kuna Indians with different color cloth placed on top of each other in layers.  Each one is an original and unique work of art.