We loved the time in Panama City and it was the perfect number of days to see what we wanted there and then we all were ready to head further out! We rented a vehicle in Panama City and headed off on the Pan-American Highway along the Pacific Coast to Coronado. Our friends from Canada that moved down there booked condos for us to stay at just a short walk from the beach. The Pacific Ocean in Panama is really quite warm and the beach is interesting with the mix of tan and black sands. It was a long beach, perfect for walks or a morning run and a relaxing place to melt into the sand in the hot sunshine when we had a chance. It worked really well to stay in this area and tour from there.
We really enjoyed a couple day trips into the jungle on winding paved roads. An amazing hike at El Valle which is a volcano crater. The scenery was stunning and we want to go back and explore more in the mountains there! The views really were unreal. We had one of our best meals of the trip at the beautiful La Casa de Lourdes, you’ll see why Kent’s dessert was called the El “Heart Attack”!! The disappointing part of that day was I put my camera batteries in a different bag than we ended up taking and forgot so before we got to the best parts of our touring I was down to using my iPhone. So I definitely need a repeat of that day to capture the beauty on camera!
Then we also spent a day to see where Marty + Cara are building their house in the jungle. It was really neat to see their project and picture where home is for them. We went to a little resort nearby for lunch and then swam in natural swimming pools in the jungle above a pretty waterfall. We were happy they shared this hidden gem with us!! Locals know best!
I have wanted to try paddle boarding so we got a couple rentals. It was super windy out on the water so one direction was much easier than the other! It was nice to spend time at another beach. Being by and in the ocean is always good. Until it ends with getting pummelled by waves, hit by the board and my nose filled with salt water. So now I need to learn how to ride back in to shore when the waves are bigger!
I always loved watching the fishing boats. Heading out in the morning and back in at sunset. We enjoyed ‘pescado entero’ when we’d go out to eat. A whole fish cooked up! It’s hard for me to choose a meat to order over fresh fish when by the ocean. I know it’s not for everyone but it was seriously so good. Every time!
We intended to stay at Coronado and then drive back the day of our flight but locals know best and as we sat in traffic – for a drive twice as long to the city as it could be – we were glad they suggested we spend a nite at the Riande Aeropuerto Hotel. It’s a beautiful resort and super relaxing atmosphere to soak up the last bit of time in tropical paradise!
From the airplane window. The last bit of land we saw at the Atlantic Ocean coast. The east end of the Panama Canal and ships either at the start or end of their journey from one ocean across to the other. Working on these photos again makes me want to go back! We have recommendations for anyone interested in visiting this beautiful country!!! We had such a great trip!