Story and photos by Manos Angelakis
Panama City, the capital of Panama, is a blend of a very modern city and a Spanish Colonial town separated by a harbor that is the Pacific-side entrance to the Panama Canal. If you look across the water from the colonial to the modern side, it looks very much like the view of Central from Hong Kong’s Typhoon Harbor. You have to pass through Panama City to get to the airport for Bocas del Toro, as the airport serving Panama’s interior is separate from the larger international airport.
An interesting feature not found in any other country in my travels: if you are a tourist and have a medical emergency, the Tourism Authority of Panama gives you free medical insurance for the first 30 days from the entry stamp in your passport.