A few weeks ago, we hit all the highpoints of Panama… in the same day! We had breakfast in Panama City with clients, and then we drove them to the Panama Riviera beach region on the Pacific Ocean side to have lunch. After dropping off our clients back in the city, we drove to the Caribbean coast to have dinner with friends. Where else but Panama could you enjoy two oceans and a major city in the same day!
In case you’re not an ocean person, you can also visit the rainforest, one of the numerous mountain regions, or El Valle—one of the world’s largest towns built inside of an extinct volcano—all within an hour or so of Panama City. The different micro-climates ensure that there is a perfect temperature and activity level for you once you get here.
Panama City has all of the things you would expect in a big city—great restaurants, hot nightclubs, a plethora of shopping experiences, and interesting tourist attractions. You could spend a busy week eating, touring, shopping and exploring ...and never have a moment to spare. If you do, there are a lot of day trips by car, boat or plane.
Panama has over 1500 linear miles of coast line bordering two different oceans—the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Ocean. There are different coastal regions that offer different experiences. You can spend the night roughing it with the indigenous Indians of the Caribbean, such as San Blas, or you can pamper yourself in luxury at a Pacific Coast private beach resort, such as Playa Bonita. You can also take a 90-minute ferry or a 20-minute plane ride to Contadora, one of the 200 islands that make up Panama's Pearl Islands.
Panama’s Pacific Coast and Caribbean Coast are separated by a range of mountains. The highest point, Volcan Baru, is over 11,000 feet high. You can live in seclusion or you can explore one of Panama’s mountain towns populated by expats, such as Altos del Maria or Boquete. Altos is just 90 minutes from Panama City, while Boguete is eight hours by car, or less than an hour by commuter flight to David, and then a 45-minute drive.
The interesting thing about Panama is that once you discover the natural beauty of Panama, you’ll want to enjoy more than one region. Often times, foreign investors choose the city resort of Playa Bonita as their home base, but then they also buy something on the Caribbean coast or in one of the mountain communities. Because the dollar goes further here, you can be like Deion Sanders and enjoy them both!