Panama City, San Blas, & Bocas Del Toro, Panama

Rooted, in spite.

With a major expat community and the globalizing impacts of the Canal, Western influence is obvious in Panama City. The cityscape of skyscrapers is breathtaking, and for some, unexpected. Uber is a popular way to get around. They have P.F. Chang’s, and it delivers. : )

I’ve been twice, both times with friends, and we certainly enjoyed a contemporary lifestyle of nights out and hotel bars and all the makings of a modern vacation.

Yet the sense of culture and connectedness to indigenous roots is also undeniable. A walk through Casco Viejo will give you a taste. But I thought the islands (Bocas del Toro and San Blas) offered the best examples of Panama-unspoiled. Bocas specifically has a community of brown folks that made me feel very welcome and at home.

(photos by me)