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Since regaining control of its historic canal in 2000, with expansions set for completion in 2014 (the 100-year anniversary), Panama has emerged as a top stop for tourists worldwide. Its capital city, which is ideally set between the Pacific Ocean and lush jungle, has an ever-growing modern skyline across the bay from a revitalized historic district, making it a destination for all types of travelers. And the Westin Playa Bonita, the first Westin in Panama, is a testament to Panama’s rise to the top, embracing the country’s growth and modernity as a sleek skyscraper, while keeping the unique history and landscape at the finger-tips of guests. Read more
For the past decade, fans of the ABC reality series “The Bachelor” have followed a revolving door of love-seeking (and in some cases, fame-seeking) Bachelors and Bachelorettes to sexy and romantic destinations around the world. Some of these forays showcase these places to their fullest (Ali in Tahiti, Brad in South Africa). In others, the drama and rivalry (which are really on display this season) can draw viewer attention away from the destination’s beauty and charm. Still, sun, fun, and lots of lip locks have made all three beach destinations featured in the 16th season of “The Bachelor” – Vieques (shown above at left), Panama, and Belize – look pretty appealing. Here’s what you saw as Bachelor Ben and his Bachelorettes frolicked, as well as a few things the cameras missed: Read more
Celebrate the soft opening of Panama’s newest hotel, the Westin Playa Bonita Panama, with their exclusive Westin Indulge Package. Guests will stay in a green view room starting from $285 per night or an ocean view room from $295 per night. Included in the nightly rate is daily breakfast in bed for two, sparkling wine and strawberries upon arrival, and a late check-out of 4 p.m. The $100 million upscale hotel is based along the gold sands of Playa Bonita Beach with the lush rainforest providing a backdrop. With six restaurants, four bars, three infinity pools, and VIP lounge, the resort is a destination unto itself. Couple that with its location 20 minutes from the bustling capital, Panama City, and travelers will experience all this diverse destination has to offer. Travel is valid through April 3, 2012.
THE VALUE: The inclusions are valued at $97.
THE CATCH: It’s high season, so expect an increase in airfare costs.
THE DETAILS: Visit www.starwoodhotels.com to book your stay.
Cramming four (or more) people into a standard-size hotel room can put a serious cramp on your vacation style. If you’re traveling with kids in tow, check into one of Sterling Resorts’ Florida condo rentals in Panama City Beach, Destin, and along the beaches of South Walton. From beachside cottages to four-bedroom suites, these properties offer conveniences like full kitchens and washer/dryer units alongside hotel-grade amenities like Gilchrist and Soames bath products and private balconies. Through October 31, prices are slashed 30 percent on three-night stays at select properties.
THE VALUE: Rates start at just $129/night. You’ll also get unlimited DVD rentals and a discount card good for savings at area spas, restaurants, and attractions.
THE CATCH: There is a three-night minimum stay to secure the discount.
THE DETAILS: To book, visit www.sterlingresorts.com or call 888-506-9396.
WE’VE GOT MORE: Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates and travel deals on flights.
For general trip-planning information see our Florida Travel Guide.
Donald Trump may not be entering the Presidential candidacy ring, but he’s officially entered into the international hospitality space with his first hotel outside of the U.S. – the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower Panama. The hotel, located in the heart of Punta Pacifica (minutes from the heart of Panama City and the financial district) launched with a bang on July 6, with a fireworks show that rivaled any Independence Day celebrations back in America. Read more
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