Blogs from Panama City, Panamá, Panama, Central America Caribbean - page 16


Jump back, whats that sound? Here she comes, full blast and top down. Hot shoe, burnin down the avenue. Model citizen zero discipline. Don't you know she's coming home with me? You'll lose her in the turn. Ill get her! Panama! Panama! Panama! Panama...ah..oh..oh..ah...ah! Yes, my friends, I made it to Panama safely. I thought I was mistakenly flewn to the States. The city is very modern. I didn't know what to expect, so it's resemblance to the U.S. really opened my eyes. U.S. troops were stationed here for a long time, so they had a lot of influence on Panama's growth. Plus, the Panama Canal of course! The U.S. managed the canal for more than 80 years until they transfered ownership back to Panama in 1999. Panama now maintains and runs the canal with a ... read more
Panama City, Panama
Abandoned hotel in Casco Viejo neighborhood.
Panama Canal

QUEPOS and MANUEL ANTONIO After we left Jacki in Jaco, we traveled farther down the coast to Quepos, Costa Rica. Our two favorite things about Costa Rica were the wildlife and the beaches. Quepos offered both of them with world class surfing and Manuel Antionio Park. The road from downtown Quepos to Manuel Antionio is littered with small resorts built into the cliff. It is quite beautiful and had more of a family appeal than did Jaco. We stayed in the only lodge that offered direct beach access so we could watch the surf. The first day the water was calm and I felt confident that I would be able to handle the waves, but there was a storm off the coast that night and when I awoke for my lesson the waves were easily twice ... read more
3 toed Sloth
5 toed Sloth

We are in Panama, our last night in Central America :( But before we got here, we were running short of time so decided to get out of Nicaragua and head straight to Panama. We tried to get one of the international buses with toilet and the works but they were all full, so once again, chicken bus it was. We were very optimistic, thinking we could get to Panama in one day. That was until we got to the first border crossing - it was the most chaotic thing we have ever seen, no signs saying where to queue to get your stamp, or where to get any forms to fill out. Manic! We ended up in the wrong line but thankfully did not have to queue again as we were there for over an ... read more
The best we could get of the Dolphins
The best we could get of the Dolphins
Garry snorkelling

We arrived in Panama City with exactly one week left on this trip. Along with nearly our entire group from our boat, we checked into a highly recommended hostel in Panama City called Luna's Castle. Not wanting the good times we shared on the boat to end, six of us with flexible schedules decided to continue the party and spend a few more days together. This included Drew and myself, Adina and Linn from Sweden, Jonny from London, and Amy from Canada, who conveniently for us is well connected in Panama since she spends a lot of time visiting her retired parents here. Amy managed to hook us up with a house, which we all rented together, for hostel prices, in a beach town called Coronado an hour and half outside the city. We all were ... read more
Notice the boat on the left is much higher than the one on the right.
Camping at Playa Gargona
Kyle... I know you are jealous of my fire starting skills

Hi Everybody! Today is our last day in Panama. The airport is 15 miles out of town. We decided to move to a resort type hotel in that area since we have a very early flight tomorrow. Our hotel has several pools that are connected and a very tropical atmosphere. We went by the airport to check on our flight. I bought a few craft items there. They are my first purchases in this country. Guatemala and Costa Rica have had more handmade goods than any other country. I am sure that they all have items of this type, but I haven´t always been able to find them. When we were at the airport, Walt met a soldier serving in the Air Force. He was just coming from Baghdad to meet his family for a cruise. ... read more
Pacific coast
Muddy little girl


Panama, tja was lässt sich sagen über Panama? Die panama city ist eine kleine Metropole von ca.1,5 Mio Einwohnern (die Hälfte von ganz Panama) und hat viele viele Hochhäuser. In einem davon wohnen wir im 3. Stock. Mit kleinem Balkon und schönen Blick über die Dächer und auf die Hochhäuser;-) Leider wird es abends in letzter Zeit immmer recht windig, und tagsüber unerträglich heiß. Zur Erfrischung dient der swimmingpool auf der Dachterasse. Das wasser darin ist erstaunlich kalt. Das Viertel ist ziemlich zentral, und modern, nicht gerade eine Augenweide, aber immerhin es gibt ein wenig grün, es ist ruhig, teuer und recht sicher. Und es gibt einen kleinen spielplatz um die ecke, wo sich nachmittags viele Nannys und noch mehr kinder tummeln. Aber jetzt schicke erstmal ein paar fotos.... read more
ankunft flughafen
spielplatz hotel
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Sat next to me in the bus was a guy with a phone so i asked him if he could help me call accomodations in the city he obliged and i probably called all that was on the LP cant find any thing, we stumbled into a hostel that was a former US army barracks i think, got a booking yay. To thank Ligdo, the dude who has the cell phone i treated him for lunch when we stopped at a town called Santiago, the AC on the bus broke so they fixed it here as well. Arriving near the city we saw the locks of the Panama canal, looks cool at night, got to do a day trip here. At the terminal Heilke a tall Dutch dude asked if i want to come with him ... read more

Hei og hopp! No er det to glade sjeler som sit i Cartagena, Colombia. Ei strabasioes ferd fraa Panama til Colombia er vel overstatt, saa no nyyyyt vi livet. Vi hadde tidlegare bestemt oss for aa ta nokre netter paa eit bedre hotell iloepet av turen for aa faa lada batteria. No er vi komt over halvveis paa turen og er ferdige med ein mindre hygenisk segltur, saa det kunne neppe ha passa bedre. Saa no kosar vi oss paa eit flott (og altfor dyrt) hotell med fantastiske senger, balkong, TV, varmt vatn i dusjen (!!!), god frukost osv osv. Livet er herlig!! Men berettingar fraa Colombia kjem seinare. No skal vi konsentrere oss om Panama og reisa der ifraa tenkte vi. Panama City Vi kom til Panama City natt til 5.mars. Foerste natta sov vi ... read more
Panama City
Panama City
Panama City

Hey all!!! While I only have been to a few countries in my life, I discovered my new favorite country a few days ago. Our port was in Guatemala, which didn't have any particularly high expectations attached to it, which might account for my appreciation for it. DJ Dan and I left the ship at around 12:30pm, and began walking through the many shops that are located just outside the gangway. There I bought some nice presents (you'll have to wait till I get back...I wanna see the looks on your faces myself :) ), and then Dan and I decided to go see the city. We jumped in a cab and the cabby asked us if we wanted the beach or the bar. We said "just take us to the middle of the city". We ... read more

Pictures say a thousand words……a feast for the eyes! For the last week of our trip we are staying in Panama city to explore places we haven’t seen or even knew they existed by stumbling onto them. All the city noises makes us urn for our little quiet town of Friday Harbor. Speaking of stumbling and talking your way into places, we went to the International Trade Show as buyers. They packed the convention center with over 1,600 purveyors from numerous countries like China, Korea, Brazil, Taiwan, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, Columbia, Costa Rica and France. Every kind of business you can imagine, plus free food and drinks to sample! We’re going back today to buy a few samples and ask more questions. Yesterday ultimately made the whole trip worth every penny spent being here in ... read more

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