Panama

Bocas del Toro:

Where we stayed:
•Loved this!! It’s a group of islands so you can island hop around for a good week!
• We stayed in Selina (Bocas Town – Isla Colon). 11/10 recommend. So nice again and great craic. If you see a Selina’s anywhere defo stay in them. There are loads around central America and they are all v safe and fun.
• Isla Colon: this is the main island where most of the parties are and airport also here. You can walk everywhere  and has nice restaurants too.

What we did:

  • We rented a bike to cycle to bluff beach which is a huge isolated beach. It was amazing and had huge waves too!
  • You can do boat snorkel tours here, rent quads, paddle boards, but mostly drink so fun!
  • Red Frog beach: a beach on Bastimentos  island which is much more chilled and relaxing. There is a Selina hostel there too which is gorgeous.
  • The other islands are up you if you want to go. There are some gorgeous, isolated hostels on The Solarte island if you want.
  • Be there for a Friday! – Filthy friday’s are an all day drinking party which is a pub crawl on a few islands and ends in Selina in Bocas town. Unreal

We flew from Bocas town to Panama City – highly recommend. Cost €109 for 45 mins versus 13 hour bus (unsure of price).

Panama City:

Where to stay:

We stayed in Occidental hotel which was very nice and modern. It had a very nice buffet breakfast and a very cool sushi bar inside. It was a good location and I would recommend a hotel here for more of a safe experience.

*Disclaimer – I was given a discounted rate for us to stay at the Occidental however all views and opinions are my own.*

What we did:

  • Shopping! Multiplaza mall for a spot of shopping (Zara, forever 21,Nike, Gucci etc).
  • We did the hop on hop off bus tour for a day to see the Panama Canal, Old town and whole city really. I would recommend. If you have time spend a while at the canal museum – very impressive.

Where we ate:

  • If you like Thai food – P.F. Chang’s is a restaurant here which was delicious!
  • Hard Rock Hotel has a very nice restaurant and an unreal rooftop bar! We went here on our last night.
  • For breakfast we were given access to the buffet in the restaurant and it was delicious!

Other tips:

More places to go:
• the main other go to place which I didn’t do was San Blas islands. It’s very difficult to get there and it was either Bocas or that, you wouldn’t need to do both.
• San Blas looks very idyllic but the logistics were better for Bocas and also more nightlife in Bocas. Choice of which set of islands to do is up to you!

$$$ :
• Panama uses American dollar.
• It was more expensive than some Central American countries but not extortionate.
Costa Rica was by far the most expensive country but it is fine if you don’t eat in the fancy restaurants and make rolls for lunch and do public buses.

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