panamanian pleasures

From the glitzy, cosmopolitan metropolis of Panama City to dense jungles on the mystical Azuero coast to its 1,500 lush islands–Panama is a land of many “personalities.” With great shopping, luxury hotels, jazz clubs, casinos and a killer skyline, Panama City has a vibe reminiscent of Miami

The Old Quarter, “Casco Viejo,” is a blend of Old Havana and New Orleans’ French Quarter, offering a totally different feel. Boutique hotels housed in 16th and 17th century colonial Spanish mansions dot the cobblestone streets of this walled city promising Old World, picturesque wedding venues.

The Canal may have first put Panama on the international map but the country’s excellent weather, with natural attractions such as cloud forests, raging rivers, diverse ecosystems and unspoiled beaches are the big draw, promising an ideal wedding or honeymoon escape.

Something old, something new perhaps best describes Panama–the latest “hot spot,” for couples in search of sun, sand, culture and interesting things to do–all at affordable rates–for a destination wedding or honeymoon. This country located at the crossroads of two oceans and two continents, has been dubbed the “paradise between two seas.” In recent years, it has become the most visited destination in Latin America and it is quickly becoming a favorite with visitors from around the world.

From the Caribbean to the Pacific coasts, it is home not only to a diverse range of resorts, but a variety of stellar real estate properties as well. Whether you’re in the market for a Caribbean island getaway, a condo along Panama City’s striking skyline, one of Bocas del Toro’s charming gingerbread houses or beachfront homes… or one of Chiriqui’s isolated mountain retreats, you’re likely to find a slice of heaven in Panama.

By day, shopping beckons with goods from around the world while chic restaurants, trendy, boutiques, Canal tours and sojourns into the capital city’s quaint neighbors offer plenty of other options. When night falls, restaurants, nightclubs, discotheques and casinos offer a totally different vibe.

This city within a city evokes a kinder, gentler age and nowhere is this more apparent than at two sister- hotels located here, which lend new meaning to the title: “boutique” accommodations.

One of Panama’s most intriguing destinations, Bocas del Toro, is recognized as both a Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site. Its colorful rooftops, fresh seafood, jungle islands and towns built on stilts over transparent waters have made it a “hot spot” for couples wanting to run away to a postcard paradise. Tucked inside the rainforest overlooking the Caribbean Sea on the archipelago of Bocas del Toro, Tranquilo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge is the perfect vantage point from which to explore the dazzling corals and giant starfish that inhabit these waters.

For landlubbers, there’s beach combing, birding and exploring while lovers of the sea can explore the many reefs and lagoons around the resort. These laid-back islands known for fun and sun- will not only provide a stunning backdrop for romantic nuptials, but also promise endless activities for your guests.

Oozing with mystique, options are endless in Panama. There are many unique, romantic locales here to say “I do.” Soft moonlit beaches or chartered sunset sailboat receptions promise couples a memorable wedding experience- it’s just a matter of honing in on what you want. You won’t be disappointed...