Full disclosure, I did minimal research before traveling to Panama… in fact i wanted to go to Peru or Columbia but the flights to Panama were cheaper. I’m so glad I ended up in this latin paradise, and I’m baffled as to why it’s not a more popular travel destination. Truly one of the most stunning places I’ve ever been, here is my guide to 2 weeks in Panama…
I flew from London to Panama City via Madrid which took about 13 hours all in all. The flights cost roughly £530 return with Air Iberia. Getting a taxi outside the airport is easy and it’s about $30 to the city centre.
Panama City looks WILD. I had no idea there were so many skyscrapers – it looks so modern! It really is an impressive skyline and as it’s right on the ocean, it just looks so cool.
I stayed in a place called Selina which I found on booking.com, I thought it was a design hotel but it was actually a really nice hostel. A private room was about $45 a night and the hostel was really stunning. Great rooftop pool and Taco restaurant. Avoid the breakfast downstairs though (vile).
Selina is located in the old town of Panama City Cusco Viejo which has beautiful colonial style buildings and a hip, Shoreditch vibe. There are loads of nice bars and restaurants. Warning: Panama City is really expensive, it was pretty much London prices, which shocked me, but the GBP is worth nothing right now. Thanks Brexit.
I spent 2 days in Panama City, from there my travel partner Sinead and I went to the GORGEOUS San Blas Islands. Stay tuned…