Senior Travel in Panama City

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Panama City is the perfect destination for seniors looking for a Central American destination that's only a $300 flight away. Casco Viejo, Panama City's old quarter, offers the special accommodations, features, and extra planning needed for senior travel. This neighborhood is rich with history, where the Spanish set up shop in the 1500s. The narrow streets and gracious plazas of Casco Viejo can be compared to those of New Orleans' French Quarter.

Where to Stay

Los Cuatro Tulipanes is an agency, owned by expat Matt Landau, that rents out apartments in Casco Viejo. Through Los Cuatro Tulipanes, find nicely restored apartment rentals available for as little as $1,000 per week.

Another option is the Hotel El Panama on Calle Uruguay. Like a many Panamanian citizens, this hotel has outlived 50 years of political ups-and-downs. With over 330 guest rooms, 24 hour room service and an on-site casino, Hotel El Panama is a frequent destination of senior travelers.

If you are a big James Bond fan, you won't want to miss the opportunity of staying at the Canal House Hotel, an elegantly renovated late 19th century mansion where actor Daniel Craig stayed during the three-month Bond shoot. Each room has a wrought-iron balcony with views of the Casco's Cathedral Plaza and surrounding red-tiled roofs and cobblestone alleyways.

Where to Eat

Manolo Caracol has an ever changing menu depending on the season's fresh produce. This restaurant is careful about any special requests such as allergies and diabetes.

If you're feeling adventurous, then you have two choices. First, the Moroccan-themed Indigo Lounge & Bazaar is a great alternative for North-African inspired cuisine. Second, the Ego Cafe is a great choice for those looking for a Panamanian-Mediterranean menu.

Finally, there is La Posta restaurant, where New York style meets Panamanian glamor. Legend has it that this restaurant was the usual setting for business tycoons, ex-presidents, and other interesting characters that used to cut deals in its back rooms.

Where to Go

For a good workout, hike through Soberania Park, where you'll find trails ranging from the light to the advance.

A good spot for sunbathing and catching up on your reading is the beach on Isla Contadora.

If you don't know where to start, then head to the famous Panama Canal. The Miraflores Locks, where you can get a close view of ships entering the waterway, are a short cab ride from the city. A little farther north is the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, where you can have lunch 300 yards from massive container ships silently gliding through the Panamanian rain forest.

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