1st time in Panama....Help please!!

Old Aug 25th, 2009, 02:36 PM
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1st time in Panama....Help please!!

We are stopping in Panama for 3 nights on our way back from Aruba in January. I would love any suggestions on where to stay and what to do. We are a family with 2 teenagers. We don't need anything luxurious, just really clean and nice and central to whatever sights there are to see.
Thanks so much in advance.
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Old Aug 25th, 2009, 04:29 PM
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www.albrookinn.com my fav safe area tour out from there...

Milan Hotel is also clean best value for price in the city.

Have fun,
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We stayed at Country Inn and Suites. Your teens might enjoy it for the pool. It's also by the water and has a great view.Although it's not in town it was very easy for us to get around.
Things to do.. You can't hardly go to Panama without seeing the canal. We didn't do a tour but enjoyed going to the museum and their is a veiwing stand to watch the boats.
We also went on a birding tour to Pipeline road. It leaves early am and we saw some wonderful birds. We went to a folklore show at Tinijas. It's a dinner show but actually quite good. Enjoy
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If you are flexible about where you stay, I would recommend the Gamboa Resort. It is about 20 minutes from downtown Panama City but it is beautiful and has a lot of excursions. We stayed there for two days in June with two teenagers and had a terrific time. For a more "beach" experience we also stayed a few days at the Intercontinental Playa Bonita. It was a beautiful hotel, great spa, amazing views of the ships lining up for the canal. It is more laid back and we used it as a place to recoup after a lot of busy days. Have fun!
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My favorite memories of Panama are the San Blas islands. We stayed at Dolphin Lodge for two nights. Did some hiking on the mainland, toured a Kuna village on a nearby island, went snorkeling on a different island.

Awesome trip, but not for those who need lots of creature comforts. We did have indoor plumbing, but no hot water. No screens on the windows, no locks on the doors. Had to chase the resident lizard out of the sink every morning.

Food was just ok, although the night we had lobster, it was very good.

The Kuna are a fascinating people. Their culture and way of life is an eye opening experience.

It would certainly be a totally different experience than Aruba.
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