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Coclé – El Valle

The “Central provinces” of Panama include the provinces of Coclé and Veraguas, situated to the west of Panama City, along the Pan-American Highway, and the provinces of Los Santos and Herrera on the Azuero Peninsula. These provinces are considered to be the cultural heartland of Panama, a region of quaint little towns, history and strong …

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Chiriqui

There is a magical quality to the Chiriquí highlands. In a misty land of eternal spring where bright flowers grow at the roadside, the traveller is rewarded with surreal images of surpassing beauty. They may be of herds of horses galloping in the mist on a highland thoroughbred ranch; peaceful vistas of terraced farmland below …

Focus on Panama City vol. 40#1

Casco Anti

By day or by night Panama City’s old quarter, Casco Antiguo, is an attraction to rival the Canal itself. The walled city was founded in 1673 on a promontory which the city fathers deemed more defensible than the original city on the other side of the bay which was sacked and plundered by the English …

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Night Life

Nightlife in Panama has always been a hoot: from the days when Spanish conquistadores caroused the night away in Portobelo after counting their booty, to the glory days of Colon when the shows in the clubs of the Caribbean city were rivaled only by the nighttime extravaganzas of old Havana. Panama has long been a …

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Azuero Peninsula

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 …

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Veraguas

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 …

Focus on Panama City Provinces & Places

Panama City

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 …

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Colon and the Costa Arriba

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 …

Beach Resorts & Islands Focus on

Tab

  The Island of Flowers, its people call it. Hibiscus, oleander, ylang ylang, bougainvillaea, and jasmine. Fragance everywhere. Prostrate on the beach. Supine on the hotel balcony. Snorkeling on the smooth Southern Sea. Horizontal, watching the earth’s seaborne commerce hastening along the rim of the ocean, bound to or from the Panama Canal. This is …

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Casi

Panama welcomes gamblers whatever their allegiance.  There are complete casinos with games such as roulette, black jack, baccarat, craps and poker;  slot machine casinos; bingo halls;  horse-racing with parimutuel betting at the President Remon Racetrack; betting agencies for sporting events and a national lottery.  Panama City naturally offers more opportunities for gambling but other cities …

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