In case you missed it, you may want to check out Forbes’ website for their recent article on Panama. By the time I finished reading it, it had me thinking I was making a pretty good choice by moving to Panama this year.
The Forbes’ article, “Why Your Next Trip Should Be To Panama,” covers the very latest in all that Panama has to offer and why more and more people are flocking to this emerging destination every year.
It also points to the $5.25-billion expansion of the Panama Canal, due for completion on its 100th anniversary in 2014. The article doesn’t go into much detail, so allow me: the expansion will double the canal’s capacity by widening its system of locks and waterways to accommodate ships three times the current maximum.
The result of the canal expansion and other progress in Panama? According to the article, “Panama City is transforming into an energetic, modern metropolis, with investors preparing for moneyed visitors by upping its luxury quotient.”
Although we’re not moving to Panama City – we chose the Gorgona/Coronado area about an hour-and-a-half from the booming metropolis – the article makes it tempting. It really is a gorgeous and cosmopolitan city.
It goes on about the luxury hotels in Panama City – including Donald Trump’s tower. Shaped like a tall shipsail, and the tallest building not only in Panama City but in all of Latin America, it’s pretty hard to miss. I’ve seen this building and it definitely has that ‘wow’ factor.
Waldorf Astoria is also opening The Panamera in June, within walking distance of Panama’s version of Central Park, Cinta Costera.
But the article talks about more than just hotels. It rightly points out that many of the city’s bars and restaurants are worth a visit, particularly in the historic neighborhood of Casco Viejo, which has been transformed over the last few years.
And of course, there’s the new BioMuseo opening in 2013. Designed by the world renowned architect Frank Gehry – known for his Guggenheim creation, among other things – the museum has already attracted the likes of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Anyone can stop by for a peek to see the work-in-progress.
Forbes isn’t the only media mogul that’s spreading awareness of this amazing country. Anyone out there watch ABC’s The Bachelor? Last week’s episode took place in, yep, you guessed it, Panama. Viewers got to go on a helicopter ride over Panama City (for some pretty fantastic scenery), a boat ride to the deserted islands of San Blas, and a visit to a Panamanian tribal village.
With more than 8 million viewers every week, that’s some pretty sweet free publicity for Panama. And tonight the cast of the show is headed to Belize for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway!
In fact, these days you’ll find no shortage of websites and publications touting Panama. The Daily Reckoning includes Panama as one of the best places to retire in the world. NuWire Investor lists Panama as one of the best countries to get value out of your real estate. Fodor’s calls Panama the “emerging hotspot” and lists it as one of the “21 places to go in 2012.”
Like I said, I think we made a wise choice with Panama.
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We’ve been following Panama through the media for awhile – check out some past articles that put Panama in the spotlight, featured on The Ambler, such as a USA Today article about affordable travel, and a Budget Travel guide to Panama travel.
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