Where do I begin? Panama was an experience—from the beaches to the cuisine, the museums, to the nightlife. This spur of the moment girls trip was a blast.
Day 1: By now you know I’m a fan of packing light (#CarryonCrew), unfortunately, my friends don’t share the same sentiment, and for that, they paid the price. Not one, but two friends lost their luggage. The struggle to track down their luggage was real, but luckily we ran into a stranger who was more than willing to help translate the catastrophe. Not only did he help secure the bag (literally), he took us out for a much-needed stress reliever after the lost luggage was returned.
Day 2: We woke up bright and early, enjoyed breakfast at the hotel, and then headed to the Museum of Biodiversity to learn about Panama’s natural and cultural history. Because we were visiting at the beginning of their rainy season, we spent some time dodging storms throughout the day, but ultimately figured out how to navigate the weather. After the museum, we headed to Restaurante Mi Ranchito for Panamanian and Caribbean cuisine. Later that evening we hit the town for a bar crawl in the Historic District of Panama where I had the best Mojito ever!
Day 3: Beach day! We got lucky and enjoyed a full day of sunshine, not a cloud in sight. We took a 30-minute ferry to Taboga Island for sand, sun, and fun. The tiny island offered a few small eateries along the path to the beach, where I found the best empanadas of the entire trip. Salsa, reggae, and piña coladas, what more could you ask for?
Day 4: We visited the Panama Canal and the Panama Canal Museum. Afterward, we headed to the Amador Causeway, Panama City’s boardwalk which featured outdoor activities and good eats. It was there that I tried arepa. I’ve been back for a few weeks and I’m still not sure I can accurately describe the taste. I also had a rum raisin ice cream cone, the result of a translation fail, but still pretty tasty.
Day 5: The last day in paradise. We visited the vendors in old town to grab souvenirs before heading to a resort to finish off the afternoon. After some much needed R&R, we concluded our trip with a farewell dinner at Pastissima, an Italian restaurant in Casco Viejo.
After five days, I was exhausted and ready to go home, but so grateful for the experience.
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Until next time…Be spontaneous!
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