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Tips and Articles in Panama

When mystery writer Harlan Coben thinks family vacation, cruises always pop to mind. Coben has taken his four kids, ages 6 to 14, on cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, and elsewhere. It’s easy to see why a cruise vacation makes sense for him and ma...
In 2002, former Wall Street lawyer KC Hardin flew to Casa Viejo, Panama for an innocent escape from corporate America. Next thing he knew, KC had purchased a youth hostel and was quitting his job via pay phone. Now founder of the organization, E...
For Neil Christiansen, the decision to leave his corporate job in Southern California was easy. Life was good as a medical equipment salesman, but he yearned to spend more time doing what he loved—surfing. His passion leads him to a jungle-fille...
WHY NOW Leaping dolphins replace Santa's reindeer; white-sand beaches provide the seasonal backdrop; and a costumed holiday parade ushers in the festivities at Bocas del Toro, the main city in the archipelago of the same name, off the northwest co...
It's that time of year—when flickering lights illuminate the sky, snow blankets the ground, and airports overflow with travelers. While destinations that promise a white Christmas are the obvious choice (and for good reason), holiday cheer can als...
If You Like The Riviera Maya, Mexico Try: Costalegre, MexicoWhy Go: Long overshadowed by the likes of Cancún and Cabo, this pristine, 150-mile stretch of Pacific coastline—a two-hour drive from Puerto Vallarta—is one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets...
The historic quarter of Panama City, known as Casco Viejo, is having that moment I always seem to just miss. The Casco is happening but it hasn’t quite happened. Mention Panama at any cocktail party in my fashion-barometer hometown, East Hampton, ...
You take an elevator up 60 feet and step out into your room, which is decked out with Eames chairs and plasma TV’s and has a panoramic view out over Holland’s Wadden Sea. Sure, the luxuriously appointed room has a touch-screen lighting system, a s...
David Riordan had been an expedition leader for six years before a bout with malaria in West Africa almost killed him. “My brain felt as if it would explode. My elbows hurt, my knees, my hips. It was painful even to sit up,” he recalls. Riordan’s...
Sustainability Sustainable Design: SFO Terminal 2, San Francisco As the only LEED Gold–registered terminal in the United States, San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 2 sets a bold benchmark for airport sustainability—without compromisi...
If you travel light, a hotel notepad is an ideal memento—slim, utilitarian, free. And even if it doesn’t cost anything (except the price of a room, or a Campari in the lobby), it’s exclusive. The only way to get a hotel notepad is to find yourself...
As early as the 16th century, travelers sought to find the fastest way through Panama. Still largely known as a point of passage (thanks to its 50-mile-long canal), the country today is positioning itself as a major destination—the next Costa Rica...
q. What's the next Costa Rica?--C.L., Seattle, Wash.a. There's no question it's Panama -- with more rain forest than Costa Rica, deserted beaches along the Caribbean, and more species of mammals and amphibians than any other country in Centr...
The word reached us shortly after we arrived in Costa Rica: Panama is about to become the next Costa Rica. My sons—Sam, 10, and James, eight—and I were swinging in hammocks in a thatched-roof beach bar on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula at the time. Th...
It's Noriega's nightmare: I'm standing atop a former U.S. Air Force tower 30 minutes outside Panama City, high above the Panamanian jungle at 10:30 on a warm, windy night. The individuals around me look as if they've just stumbled out of bed (or a...