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Panama: The Path Less Travelled
t's a great slogan for a great country! But if you don't know much about Panama your first thought is probably, 'What are the Panama Hotels like?' It's only natural. When we venture out of our comfort zone and our home land we all want to be prepared and our first thoughts are often about comfort.
When most people think of travelling to Latin America they probably think Mexico and maybe Costa Rica. For decades a lot of promotional dollars, in fact millions of advertising dollars, have been spent to lure American's to these tropical locales. But with it's small budget Panama is often overlooked if thought of at all. But recently North American's (U.S. and Canadian) have been venturing further south and have started to discover this beautiful and in many ways untouched paradise. Most are surprised to learn how 'first world' Panama truly is. And the Hotels in Panama are no exception. All of the big names are there: InterContinental boasts two 5 star hotels with Playa Bonita and the Miramar. Marriott has the Marriott Panama City and the Courtyard Marriott Panama Real plus you will find the Crown Plaza, Radisson, Sheraton and even the American favourite, Country Inn and Suites. But those are just a few of the many Panama Hotels.
Cheap Hotels In Panama
For those who are 'budget minded' there are plenty of local brands to chose from and many offer clean, safe accommodations in Panama. In Panama City El Panama Hotel; El Parador and Hotel Marbella are popular choices. Of course for even lower budget there are numerous Hostels throughout Panama City
Isla Grande Panama Hotels
When venturing to the Atlantic Coast the City of Portobello with it's historic sites and Colon with it's 'Free Zone' attract different types of visitors. Colon is not exactly attractive as a tourist location but businessmen who need to meet and do work in the Free Trade Zone still need a place to stay. The historical Hotel Washington continues to be a favourite. For those more interested in beaches, history and fun in the sun Portobello and the hotels and inns of Isla Grande are more popular. Probably the most popular Isla Grande Hotel is the all-inclusive resort: Bananas Village Resort
Playa Blanca Panama Hotels
Playa Blanca is the Pacific Panama Beach area beginning about 90 minutes drive west of Panama City. Here you will find major all-inclusive resorts like Decameron Panama and the Playa Blanca Beach Resort. The latest addition to this Panama Beach Party is SuperClubs Breezes Panama and next year Nikki Beach is scheduled to open a new resort development. Before reaching the Playa Blanca Resorts, Coronado is an area which has been popular with wealthy local Panamanians for decades. Here the Coronado Golf and Beach Resorts caters to locals and tourists alike.
Boquete Panama Hotels
Travelling much further west almost to the border of Costa Rica is the now very popular ex-pat community of Boquete. But this is not a beach town. Boquete is located high up in the Chiriqui Highlands where the air is fresh, clean and cool. A few years back Boquete was honoured with the designation of being the 3rd best place in the world to retire. This has brought baby-boomers in drives to the area so it's not surprising to learn that Boquete Hotels number over 40 hotels of different shapes and sizes and to fit any budget.