All that to say, you can imagine my surprise when I recently asked him where he wanted to go next and he had an answer other than “anywhere.” “Panama,” he said with a shocking amount of conviction. He’d been reading a book on the canal and was dying to see it in person. Sold!
Obviously the canal is a major reason to visit Panama City (Guys, you can ride through the locks. On a boat that serves lunch. Totes awesome, right?), but it’s also rife with history, including the restored Casco Viejo (old quarter) and the Panama Viejo ruins, site of the original Panama City that was destroyed by a Welsh privateer in 1671. Together, the two make up a Unesco World Heritage Site. And P.S., in addition to the history and industry, the food scene is supposed to be incredible and incredibly affordable.
Speaking of affordability (right up my alley!), really nice hotels with like rooftop pools and super sweet amenities appear to run you under $100 bucks. (George keeps referring to Panama City as the Dubai of Central America due to its rapidly expanding and glitzy skyscraper/hotel/mega-mall scene, which I theoretically get, but which seems inaccurate for many reasons, not least among which is the lack of a gigantic man-made, palm-tree-shaped island. And, you know the fact that Panama is rampantly Catholic. But I digress.) Plus, from the east coast, you’re looking at $500 or less to get there.
On top of that, throw in the fact that the time zone difference for us is nil, that there are beach resorts within 30 minutes of the historic city, and I could try to get George to wear a Panama Hat. How is this a bad idea?
You’re right. It isn’t. And for that reason, Panama is on the list!