Daydream of the week: Panama City

Panama CityWe just had a little (two-day) cold front in Las Vegas, and I happen to run across this gloomy cityscape shot of Panama City. I found it a weird little Central American town, a fairly big city with plenty of import, thanks to the Canal, and a Singapore-esque way of building distinct skyscrapers like the corkscrew one you can see here, a little left of center. It also had a strange expat culture I hadn’t seen before. (Think tons of solo business travelers — and the people they choose to hang out with while on the road.) There was tons of culture and fun  things to do, and an emerging food scene that offered an impressive array of Spanish, seafood and Latin American specialties. My friend and I stayed at the stunning Panama City Trump Ocean Club, which we couldn’t have enjoyed more, from the infinity pool and over-the-top brunch scene, to the incredible service. (One tip: Walk across the street for a normal cab. The cars they have waiting in the driveway are not only overpriced; the drivers for the most part were just plain rude. In fact, we met the most amazing driver who ended up taking us around town until our departure — he literally drove us to the airport at 3:30 am when we left!) Panama City is usually used as a gateway to the country’s stunning islands. And please, still head to the islands!

I know I’m as much of a city girl as I am a lover of the tropics, always feeling the push/pull between the fast life and the slow lane. But there really are such amazing parts to both!

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I'm a life-long travel junkie journalist who works hard to find adventure in everyday life after two years of travel and expat living.

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  1. I loved Panama City. I also had some great taxi drivers–they all seemed so impressed with my attempts at speaking Spanish (guess they were just happy the gringo was trying). One tried to convince me to get a job at the American school on the way to Miraflores–I was tempted.

  2. DYING to visit Panama! LOVE that shot!!!!

  3. That’s a stunning shot! What do you call that spiral building?

  4. Seems like Panama has become the popular holiday destination recently with some great deals surfacing all of a sudden. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and adventures in Panama City!

  5. I really do think we hit it at just the right time. I go to Central America once or twice a year, so I know I’ll be there again soon!

  6. Is it weird that I’m more intrigued by Panama City than the islands? I really want to go to Panama City!

  7. Great to know and get a glimpse of Panama City – would love to go there one day & great shot !! Thanks for posting 🙂

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