The Best of Panama from Coast to Coast

This summer, I had the opportunity to explore the best of Panama from coast to coast. The Tourism Board of Panama and Copa Airlines invited 5 bloggers (including myself) from around the world to travel to Panama and discover our own #PanamaStyle around the incredibly diverse country.

There is literally something for everyone in Panama, whether you come for world-famous shopping, the pristine islands of San Blas or for a stroll through the historic Casco Viejo district.

With the help of an incredible group of videographers and the Copa Airlines team, we shot some of the highlights of my trip to showcase my #PanamaStyle! Check it out!

Panama has always been a destination close to my heart. I spent a month living in the island archipelago of Bocas del Toro getting my PADI scuba certification, surfing and volunteering back in 2013. But, I had yet to see the rest of what Panama had to offer!

On this trip, I spent a jam-packed week exploring, eating, swimming, dancing and even wakeboarding my way through the country.

Here are some of my favorite experiences solo en (only in) Panama!

San Blas Seastar

San Blas

One of the most “jaw-dropping” destinations in Panama is San Blas- an idyllic archipelago made up of 365 islands. We spent the day island hopping, but my favorite stop was at this shallow, seastar-studded section of San Blas. It was unbelievable!

Gamboa Ecoresort

Gamboa Rainforest

The Gamboa Rainforest Resort is something straight out of the Jungle Book. We spent the morning paddleboarding Chagres River, followed by an aerial tram ride to the rainforest canopy. I encountered a sloth AND a jaguar and ended my afternoon learning about the indigenous Embera Indians.

Panama Canal

Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is likely the most iconic historical site in the country. I was really lucky to be able to see the canal in action as a cargo ship made it’s way through the different gates as it crossed through the canal.

Casco Viejo Borrame a Besos

Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo is definitely my favorite area of Panama City. It’s the historic district of the city, so the buildings are incredibly beautiful and many very colorful. You’ll find the best restaurants and bars here and there’s also great shopping.

Nitro Resort

Nitro Resort

The Nitro Resort was by far the most unexpected place I visited in Panama! The Nitro Resort is an extreme-sports resort featuring wakeboarding, motocross, kitboarding and everything in between!

Bio Museo

Bio Museo

For museum lover like me, the Bio Museo is an absolute must when visiting Panama City. Not only is the stunning design, by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, worth visiting, you’ll find oodles of information on Panama’s biodiversity inside!

Which activity best fits your #PanamaStyle?

Special thanks to the Tourism Board of Panama and Copa Airlines for hosting me on this trip. And a major shoutout and to the Nobox team for putting together such an incredible video campaign in Panama!
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Kiersten Rich
Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.