If you go to Panama. . .

Where to stay

Riande Granada Urban Hotel

Panama City


A sleek, modern spot with an outdoor waterfall in front and electronic music in the lobby — though not the most picturesque location. From $85 a night.

Garden of Eden


Isla Solarte, Bocas del Toro

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A three-room bed-and-breakfast on a private island, with meals served under a tiki hut by the pool. Poolside cabana or more private suite, $150-$170 a night.

Where to eat

Lili’s Cafe

Bocas Town, Bocas del Toro



A great spot for a Caribbean breakfast after the early morning flight from Panama. Sit on the dock and don’t forget the killer Killin’ Me Man hot sauce. Entrees $5-$8.

Mi Ranchito

Panama City


A tiki hut on the Amador Causeway with a stunning view of the city across the bay. Entrees around $10.

What to do

Panama Canal

Miraflores Visitors Center


About 9 miles from Panama City


Watch ships going through the locks and visit the four exhibit halls, $15 for nonresidents.

Red Frog Beach

Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro

A beautiful beach with an open-air bar and several lodging options. Admission $3.