See this, skip that: Panama City, Panama

 

By GABE SAGLIE, SENIOR EDITOR, TRAVELZOO

 

Apr 16, 2018

 

In just the last few years, Panama City has won renewed recognition from American travelers. Easy access to the Panama Canal, easily one of the great wonders of the modern world, helps. But the way history melds with a cosmopolitan vibe has many modern-day explorers flocking to the city's vibrant streets and sprawling shores. If you’re planning your first trip to Panama’s capital city, here are a few things not to miss.

 

Do the stopover

 

Copa Airlines, the flag carrier of Panama, makes it easy for flyers to get a quick taste of Panama City with its Panama Stopover. Traveling from L.A. to Santiago? Spend a few nights in Panama City for free – just long enough to want to return for a longer visit soon. You can request a layover either coming or going, but you do have to confirm your itinerary with Copa reservations before you book your ticket. Copa flies to a slew of South American and Caribbean destinations from 13 U.S. gateways, including New York City, Las Vegas, Miami, Denver and San Francisco....

 

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Monkey, Sloths and Gators, Oh My!

 

For a unique way to experience the canal, try checking out a half day tour with Xplora Panama on the Jungle Boat/Monkey Island Tour. The tour includes a boat ride where you’ll see massive ship liners and get to see the canal from a unique angle that truly puts the grandeur of the operation in perspective. The boat ride continues over to ‘monkey island’ - don’t be alarmed with the bravado of the Joffrey monkeys as they come out of the trees and jump into your boat looking for apple slices and possibly wallets….

 

Aside from a variety of monkeys (Howler, White Face), you can see both two and three toad sloths, crocodiles, iguanas, morph butterflies, birds and even a crested owl. If time permits, take a walk through the Rainforest Discovery Centre for a trek as beautiful and unique as the country of Panama itself.

 

*Insiders tip - Ask for Alex as your guide! He is experienced and a passionate naturalist who is knowledgeable, kind and absolutely goes the extra mile to make your tour special.

A variety of monkeys can be observed while on the

Jungle Boat/Monkey Island Tour.

Play Pebble Beach….in Panama?

 

The Green Club Indoor Golf Centre

 

If you’re in the mood for a unique experience (or if the weather isn’t ideal), check out the Green Club in Panama City. The Green Club is an indoor golf centre that offers the latest technology in golf simulators allowing you to virtually play the most famous tracks across the globe. The precision and realism is phenomenal. There’s a pro shop, putting green and coaching area along with a lounge with drool-worthy burgers (try the ‘Big Easy’) - then go hit some more balls to work off the calories, oh, and a beer of course.

The Green Club Golf Simulator

The Big Easy - Green Club

Panama Golf Destination heads to IGTM in Cannes

 

Panama Golf Destination is pleased to announce confirmed attendance at the International Golf Travel Market show happening this December in Cannes, France. The IGTM is now in it’s 20th anniversary year and is the meeting place for the global b2b golf travel community with invaluable industry individuals and companies present.

 

“We are very much looking forward to bringing Panama to the world of golf travel at one of the top golf tourism conferences in the world”. says Brad Kozak, Program Director “Timing is ideal as our peak travel season kicks off in December to May with an average of 30°C - the golf product is Panama is worth the trip on it’s own accord.”

 

Since launch of the golf tourism program earlier this year, the program is gaining traction due partly to the diversity of regions golf travellers are able to experience. Golf Association President Jorge Loaiza says, “We are very proud of our variety of courses from the mountains in Boquete with Lucero Golf & Country Club to the beach and Mantarraya as well as the multiple courses in the city, our country truly has a track to meet every golfers preferences.”

 

The golf product in Panama pairs well with the abundance of activities for leisure travellers. From restaurants to nightlife and fabulous accommodations, Stay & Play packages will offer something for everyone.

 

To schedule appointments contact: Dayana Vasquez, comunicaciones@apagolf.com.pa or contact@panamagolfdestination.com

Panama City, Panama, Translated from www.revistafairway.com

 

Important, complete and attractive initiative of the official group www.visitpanama.com, who have just created a website promoting Panama as a new destination of Golf, which is accompanied by a new Video Bulletin with video for a direct mail to databases spurring interest in English-speaking golfers, wherever they are, but basically aimed at the North American market, which includes Canada and the United States of America, just the largest market on the planet in terms of Golf Tourism with more than 30 million golfers, which in turn is the largest segment of the global tourism industry.

 

Panama as a Golf Destination

 

The website www.panamagolfdestination.com has several options in the menu, starting with "Our Courses", "Golf & Explore", " Why Panama", and "Contact Us" assembled with a colorful design, many beautiful moving images that attract the interested visitor, presenting a protagonist court periodically, as well as having a geographical distribution of the fields and different activities and historical points that exist in the territory of Panama, that begins with a presentation of #ThisIsPanama, followed for some of the city, beach and mountain courses.

 

"Enjoy golf surrounded by the natural beauty that makes Panama special. When the weather is not used on the greens, visit the famous historical points and experience some of the best beaches in Central America. When the sun goes down, the nightlife explodes with fabulous restaurants, bars, clubs and casinos. Relax, explore and enjoy the trip - #ThisIsPanama .

 

City: Club de Golf de Panama, Santa Maria Golf Club, Summit Golf Club and Tucan Golf & Country Club

Beach: Buenaventura Golf Club, Coronado Golf Club, Mantarraya Golf Club, Vista Mar Golf Club

Mountain: Lucero Golf & Country Club

Contact: contact@panamagolfdestination.com

All of the Lights - Casco Viejo

 

Casco Viejo (Spanish for Old Quarter), has come a long way since being rebuilt after pirate attacks in 1671 and is the perfect apres-golf destination. Take a stroll through the historic brick lined streets and see the Plaza de la Independencia  and Palacio de las Garzas. Choose among the many incredible restaurants such as Veggie Moon where the unique and delightful food is only rivaled by the fantastic ambiance. Indulge in breathtaking views in the aptly named Sky Bar at the Villa Palma Boutique Hotel. For a delicious bottle of red, try the 2014 Montes Alpha from Chile. Try the sea bass, pumpkin ravioli and seafood assorted platter (shareable for 4 or 1 depending on your appetite). Finish your night and take it all in on the streetside patio of Cascomar sipping an Aperol Spritz under the lights.

View from Sky Bar

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Panama City, PA

 

Panama Golf Destination Website Now Live

 

Panama, having recently launched their new golf tourism program, announces the corresponding website is now live and accepting golf travel bookings. Packages for all inclusive golf, accommodations and meals/beverages start at $899 USD for 7 days and can be custom tailored upon request.

 

“We have developed itineraries that combine golf and additional activities across all the regions in Panama. Some golfers may want to play in the mountains at a place like Lucero Country Club and other groups will want to experience the city and Beach.  Some may even want to do it all! We envision this program growing substantially in the coming years.” - Brad Kozak, Program Director

The following courses are included in the new destination for golf program; Mantarraya Golf Club, Buenaventura Golf Club, Coronado Golf Club and Vista Mar Golf Club (Beaches), Santa Maria, Tucan Golf and Country Club and Summit Golf Club, Club de Golf de Panama (City) and Lucero Country Club (Mountains).

 

“We feel the time is now to showcase our country’s fabulous golf properties. We are ecstatic for travellers to learn that Panama has so much to offer for everyone from extremely skilled to leisure players and those in between. We combine fantastic golf experiences with world class accommodations and dining options and are confident our visitors will fall in love with Panama.” - Golf Association President Jorge Loaiza

 

For more information on Panama: The New Destination for Golf, please contact:

Brad Kozak | brad@forewardbusinessconsulting.com

 

#ThisIsPanama

 

Panama is home to some of the best golf courses in Central America and all within easy and accessible reach. Offering nine diverse courses, these layouts appeal to golfers of all skill sets and preferences. From the breathtaking views of Lucero up in the mountains of Boquete to the Jack Nicklaus designed Buenaventura at the beach, each region is unique and will exceed your expectations.

 

We invite you to join us in the new destination for golf travel - ensuring you bring not only your clubs, but your appetite and an open mind for whimsical adventure!

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Panama City, PA

 

Panama Launches Golf Tourism Program

 

Panama announces the launch of their new golf tourism program beginning Summer 2017.  Having city, beach and mountain golf courses, all within a reachable vicinity provides an exciting opportunity to appeal to golf travellers. Panama Golf Destination will offer unique packages and destination options to golf enthusiasts of all skill sets.

 

The golf product in Panama pairs well with the abundance of activities for leisure travellers.  From restaurants to nightlife and fabulous accommodations, Stay & Play packages will offer something for everyone.

 

Golf Association President Jorge Loaiza says, “We are very pleased to be showcasing the tremendous quality and beauty of Panama. Courses like Tucan Country Club, Club de Golf de Panama and Mantarraya will appeal to the most particular players and we look forward to growing this unique program for years to come.”

 

Panama will also be participating as a destination in the 9th Annual North American Golf Tourism Convention taking place at the Trump National Doral Miami June 25th-28th. Being showcased are, Buenaventura Golf Club, Lucero Golf & Country Club, Mantarraya Golf Club by Royal Decameron, Vista Mar Golf & Beach Resort as well as the Tourism Authority of Panama.

 

For more information on Panama: The New Destination for Golf, please contact:

Brad Kozak | brad@forewardbusinessconsulting.com

 

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