Frommer’s contacted me a few days ago asking if I wanted to update the Panama Guide. As this is pretty much a month-long paid vacation filled with visiting restaurants, bars, restaurants and bars, I said yes.
As much as I complain about the heat, the lack of a sophisticated capital city (a la Bogota), and all the expats (despite being one myself) it does have a special place in my heart. I went there for the first time in early 2008 not knowing a single soul, and being relatively shy and introverted, I ending up spending a lot of time alone, just me and Panama. I think I stopped feeling like a teenager in Panama, and now I’m looking forward to Panama the way you might look forward to seeing your high school boyfriend (not that I had one): Nostalgic and excited, all the while knowing there’s no hope for a real future. But still, a meaningful and unexpected reunion.
I will be in Panama April 27-May 23. Except for family members, my vacation invitations are rarely accepted, but being of an optimistic nature, I once again extended the invitation: Come visit me. We’ll have fun. I promise. As a selling point, Panama is a really tiny country, so unlike Colombia, it’s perfectly realistic to see the rainforest, mountains and the beach in one week. Plus Panama City offers some excellent Miami-Vegas style partying. Just imagine a less efficient, more geographically diverse south Florida, and you’ve got Pananama.
Here is my tentative Panama itinerary; feel free to join me at any time.
April 27-May 1 : Panama City, Gamboa and Gatun area
May 1-May 3: Isla Grande and Portobello and Valle de Anton
May 4-May 10: Bocas del Toro, Boquete and Boca Chica
May 11-15: The interior provinces.
May 16-20: San Blas and the outer Darien
May 21: Back to reality. OK, so not actual reality. But back to my everyday life.