If you have flown into Panama whether it is from Europe, North or South America then you probably want to spend at least a week in the country to justify the time to get here. How to mix visit Panama City and Beach Vacation?
You could spend the whole week in Panama City taking day trips to the Pearl Islands, El Valle, the Panama Canal or the Atlantic cost to visit Portobello but all this sounds a bit to hectic.
So, the wise choice would be a combination of City and Beach accommodation as nothing beats ending a culture-rich trip than with a relaxing few days of sun, sand and sea.
In Panama City you can have a city break packed with amazing interesting sights, trendy bars and chic hotels and then transfer up the Pacific coast to have some well-deserved rest and relaxation.
Panama City Old Town
Although there are some excellent hotels in the new city such as the JW, Waldorf Astoria, The Bristol, the Hilton, the Miramar Inter-continental and the Hard Rock (to name a few) if you only have a few days it is better to stay in the Old Town where you can immerse yourself in Colonial culture and take day trips to the Panama Canal, Amador causeway and Panamá Viejo.
If you are looking for something a little different take a look at the Hotel Casa Antigua which is nestled on a cobblestoned street in Panama City’s storied Casco Viejo.
Casa Antigua blends the rich history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with the modern comforts and conveniences expected by today’s sophisticated travelers. Ultra-private yet located just minutes from the city’s most celebrated attractions, this intimate, European-style hotel is a favorite of frequent travelers to Panama’s capital city.
There are about half a dozen hotels within 2 hours drive of Panama City along the Pan-American highway. This journey starts with a trip across the Bridge of the Americas where you can see mighty ships entering or leaving the Panama Canal.
Many of the hotels are all-inclusive and of a 3 or 4 star standard but there is one resort that stands out.
It is the Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort ,where you have the chance to stay in the Buenaventura Hotel which is part of the Marriott Autograph Collection or rent one of the tasteful villas or apartments (all featuring private balconies) that are built on the beautiful property with five separate pools just steps from the beach.
At Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort you will be close to nice beaches such as Playa Blanca and El Faro beach with activities from hiking to four-wheel driving tours available.