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Sail Bocas del Toro, Panama

It’s obvious why Bocas del Toro has been popular amongst travelers for some time now.

Beautiful beaches, remote islands, lush jungles, and mangroves that line the tropical turquoise waters make it a complete Caribbean paradise.

While many of the island activities such as snorkeling, swimming, and visiting remote islands can be done on your own…

another great option is to join a sailing tour…Continue

The Power of the Panama Canal; Panama

Known as the “Eight Wonder of the World,” no trip to Panama is complete without seeing one of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century – the Panama Canal.

The construction of the 50 miles (80km) long canal cost the lives of thousands of Americans, French, and Panamanians in an effort to connect the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, drastically changing the world we know today.

The Panama Canal can be experienced at the Miraflores Visitor Center or on a vessel cruise through the canal.Continue

Stroll the Resettled Casco Viejo, Panama

The walled city of Casco Viejo has a remarkable background complete with pirates, tragedy and rebirth.

Today, it’s the oldest European settlement on the Pacific Ocean of the Americas.

The rich history and intact streets and architecture earned Casco Viejo the inscription of a UNESCO World Heritage site.

What better way to explore Casco Viejo than a walking tour down the red brick streets to see the history, architecture, restaurants, bars, shops, and locals?Continue

Tropical Paradise; San Blas Islands, Panama

The San Blas Islands, located off Panama’s southeastern coast, is the best kind of Caribbean island: postcard perfect white-sand beaches, extremely friendly locals, a chance to experience indigenous life with the Kuna Yala tribe, and just enough infrastructure (electricity is provided via generators) to provide simple comforts while keeping the tourist machine at bay.

For now, anyways.

In 2011 Lonely Planet listed San Blas – also known as Kuna Ayala – as the #3 “tropical paradise” in the world.

So consider yourself warned: word is officially out about San Blas.

But thanks largely to the Kuna people (who control this area), development has unaffected the islands’ charm. You won’t find giant hotels, overcrowded cruise ports or any other byproduct of over development here. The Kuna simply will not allow it.

And that’s a good thing.  It means you can enjoy everything San Blas has to offer – from world-class beaches to indigenous cultures – without the crowds.

Speaking of which, here are some incredible… Continue

Watersports Galore; Pedasí, Panama

Beach bums take note: Pedasí is an the place in Panama for surfing, sport fishing, snorkeling, diving, sailing and just about any other watersport imaginable.

And it’s cheap, too.

Located along the Azuero Peninsula, Pedasí is unquestionably Panama’s most beautiful small town. While it retains its colonial charm, the town received a facelift from former President Mireya Moscoso (1999-2004) who dedicated a beautification project in order to increase tourism.

OK, she didn’t really do it for tourism… but the project was a huge success and quickly became a top spot for expatriates to live, work and play.

And why not? Continue