This winter break, our family had the pleasure of traveling to Panama. This past vacation might just be the best trip we’ve been on. Perhaps it’s because my mother and stepdad are living in there – their presence made Panama truly feel like a home away from home. They spoiled us, to say the least. We stayed at the Trump Panama Ocean Condominium/Hotel, and the amenities were great. Everything was beautiful – from the people to the city and the islands surrounding it.
My mom (also our tour guide) had a pretty tight itinerary lined up for us. We relaxed by the poolside the first weekend we arrived, and checked out the old city known as “casco viejo” – a must see! While there, we ate at the local fish market, Mercado de Mariscos. This market is the real deal – they offer everything from ceviche to grilled/fried whole fish.
We also visited the Panama Canal…because duh, you just have too! We enjoyed browsing the museum; it was filled with memoirs, and I loved showing the boys this historic site. The best part was being able to see a ship cross over the canal – very cool!
The next day we went to the Islands of San Blas. To get there, we had to drive two and a half hours through the beautiful mountains of Panama. You can fly to San Blas, but I loved the road trip. We left very early, and saw the sunrise over mountains. The time we spent in San Blas was our favorite part of the trip; the ocean was stunning, and we had such a lovely day there.
Over the next couple of days, we relaxed poolside by our hotel and visited the old city at night. There are so may things to do there: casinos, restaurants, rooftops…you’ll never be bored! My mom and stepdad took us to one of their favorite restaurants, Caliope. I highly recommend it!
Lastly, we visited the Island of Taboga. My husband left a couple days earlier than me and the boys, so I got to spend Taboga with my mom, intimate time that I really value.
Overall, Panama was a vacation we’ll always remember. There is still so much more to see, and I can’t wait to go back!
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