Luxury Panama Hotels
Panama is fast becoming a world-class destination for tourism and commerce. Just in the last year, Hewlett-Packard, 3M, DHL, Procter and Gamble, Caterpillar, and the United Nations have moved their Latin American regional headquarters to Panama.
For tourism, if you are a lover of unspoiled beaches, mountains, nature, and the exotic, few places on earth fit the bill like Panama.
For those looking for a vacation or a place to retire where your money will go a long way and you’ll live in style and safety, Panama is the place. You can live the good life in a cosmopolitan city, at a beach, in a golf course residence or a mountain community.
For businesses, Panama has a long history as an international crossroads, with a financial sector of 100 banks, the largest free zone in the Americas, a modern infrastructure including better high speed Internet than the States, and of course, the US dollar as its currency. If you are lucky, you may find yourself doing it all —being a tourist, doing business, and living in Panama.
Panama has a great variety of attractions, all in close proximity
Easy-to-get-to exotic tropical rainforests, beautiful mountain refuges, Caribbean-style beaches, seven living Indian cultures, a Miami-style capital city, historical sites, diving, rafting, golf, and sport fishing, not to mention the 8th Wonder of the World and engineering marvel: the Panama Canal.
Panama is safe
Panama is the safest country for tourists in the region and has a low crime rate in general. The petty street crimes that hinder tourists other places are uncommon here.
Panama is the best place for ecotourism today
Panama has the most accessible pristine rainforests in the world. As a narrow land bridge connecting two continents it has some of the world’s most biodiverse rainforests.
National parks cover five million acres. A key indicator of its biodiversity: Panama has nearly 1000 bird species-more than the US and Canada combined.
Panama has the US dollar as its currency
The dollar is Panama's currency - a great convenience. No need to change money or to wonder what that meal just cost.
Panama has a first-world infrastructure
Panama has a first-world infrastructure including a US-style capital city with high speed Internet, the second largest Free Trade Zone in the world, a banking sector with 90 banks, first-rate hotels and restaurants, and shopping on a par with the United States. The highway infrastructure, medical care, and business services are excellent. Even the tap water is safe to drink, a rarity in Latin America.
Panama is the business capital of Latin America
Panama has the most globalized economy in Latin America according to a 2007 study in Foreign Policy Magazine based on direct foreign investment, import and exportation figures, and secure Internet services. Panama is also politically stable, safe, with a sophisticated capital city.
And no other place in Latin America offers more direct flights to the Americas and the Caribbean. No wonder observers say Panama is becoming the business capital of the Americas.
Panama is close
As part of Central America, Panama is just a short plane ride away. Eight major US cities have direct daily flights to Panama City: Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York, Newark, Miami, Houston, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando.
Panama has no hurricanes or major earthquakes
Panama is even blessed by nature. It is the only country in Central America that is absolutely hurricane-free. Panama also has none of the destructive earthquakes that plague its Central American neighbors. Your Panama vacation will never have to be re-scheduled due to natural events. Your property investment will always be safe.
Panama - The new choice for conventions and incentive travel
Panama City is a sophisticated and safe city with an unbeatable variety of nearby activities including golf, sportfishing, rainforest adventures, Indian village tours, scuba diving, historical sites and the Panama Canal.
The Panama Canal
The Panama Canal has been called "The Eighth Wonder of the World." It took 250,000 people from all corners of the globe, more than 10 years to build. Today it stands as a monument to mankind's ingenuity and the power of conviction.
A visit to the Panama Canal is a unique experience, which can't be reproduced anywhere else in the world.
See 5,000,000 ton vessels rise and drop at the locks more than 50 feet as they make their way over the Isthmus from one ocean to another.
A must-do is a visit to the Miraflores Visitors Center – with breathtaking views of ships transiting the locks, interpretive exhibits and a Canal-view restaurant. It is just 20 minutes from downtown Panama City. You can also take a mini Panama Canal cruise from Panama City.
This charming old community’s churches, pedestrian walkways, and historical plazas and palaces make it a must-see on any tour. For those who want to see the best of Panama, popular attractions within Panama City are:
- El Museo Antropológico Reina Torres de Araúz
- Panama’s anthropology museum
- Panama La Vieja
- The ruins of the original Panama City
- Cathedral at Old Panama
- The Old City (Casco Viejo)
- A UNESCO World Heritage Site
- The Museo del Canal Interoceánico - dedicated to the history of the Panama Canal
- Museo de la Historia de Panamá
- Iglesia de San José
- Showcasing the famous Golden Altar (Altar de Oro).
- Teatro Nacional - (National Theater) this neo-baroque theater is a concert venue and an example of Old World elegance
- The Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitan) - a magnificent example of the religious colonial architecture of Panama
Not far from the city are:
- The Panama Canal
- Soberania National Park
- The sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean
- The Pearl Islands
For exciting nightlife, Panama City is known for its fun after dark with a diverse range of restaurants, bars, lounges, discos and casinos. Panama City’s three major nightlife sectors – the business district, the historic Spanish Colonial sector, and the spectacular Amador Causeway.
Our Concierge offers the following recommendations for dining in the Panama City area: