April 24th, 2016
Tourism pamphlets boast that Veraguas is the only province with coasts on both oceans. This attribute doesn’t help the tourist because the Caribbean side across the mountains of the Continental Divide is still an undeveloped wilderness un-reachable by road. But the Pacific side has attractions in good measure.
The provincial capital, Santiago, has simple but good hotels and restaurants.… Read the rest
February 15th, 2014
The remote Azuero peninsula, insulated from change and revered by Panamanians for its colonial cultural roots, traditional festivals and extravagant carnival celebrations, is now attracting the attention of a wider public, lured by unbelievable fishing, some of the best surfing beaches in the world, bird-watching, eco tourism, pristine beaches and the prospect of buying lots or land at still affordable prices.… Read the rest
February 14th, 2014
Panama City earns its sobriquet “Crossroads of the World”. The fact that so many people pass this way, and so many pause awhile, gives this Latin city a uniquely international feeling.
The city has a population of about 700,000—about the same as Portland, Oregon—and a vitality about the same as a parlay of Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Rome, and Macao.… Read the rest
February 13th, 2014
Colón is all the tropic ports of Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham. Rightly so. Every street corner and bar here knows ten thousand tales as exuberant or as melancholy or as cockeyed or as ironic as any those two travellers spun.
Colón is a strange town which has relished bonanzas and endured depressions throughout its history.… Read the rest