Panama Viejo, Historic “Old Panama”

Panama Viejo

Panama Viejo ("old Panama") was founded in August of 1519 making it the oldest Spanish settlement on the Pacific Coast.  In 1671 the town was destroyed when Captain Henry Morgan invaded.  It was never rebuilt.  Panama Viejo was declared a historic site in 1976 and has since been under governmental protection.  In 2003 the site was added … [Read more...]

Dolce Idea Gelato, Casco Viejo, Panama

Dolce Idea Gelato

At Plaza Bolivar in Casco Viejo, Dolce Idea is the place to go to beat the heat. For just a few bucks you can get two scoops of delicious and homemade gelato. I went with my two favorites, coconut and Nutella! What a perfect combination!  It was a hot day so most of it ended up dripping down my arms but it was so worth it! Stop by … [Read more...]

Casa del Horno, Boutique hotel in Casco Viejo, Panama

Casa del Horno, Casco Viejo, Panama

Casa del Horno is an uber chic boutique hotel in Casco Viejo, Panama.  Located on Avenida B in the Colonial District in Panama City just a few doors down from Tantalo. Casa del Horno translates to “the oven house.” It was originally built as a bakery by the French in the 1850’s.  Casa del Horno has been tastefully restored with modern … [Read more...]

Martín Fierro Argentinian Steak House, Panama City Panama

Martín Fierro Argentinian Steak House, Panama City Panama

Named after the Argentinian epic literary hero who wandered the plains, Martin Fierro Steak House is a place any weary traveler would want to stop.  The smells pouring out onto the streets are enough to stop you in your tracks.  Martin Fierro is the place to go if you love meat and aren't afraid of a satisfying meal. Main courses start … [Read more...]

Istmo Brew Pub

Istmo Brew Pub, Panama City, Panama

Istmo Brew Pub is located in the El Cangrejo neighborhood of Panama City.  I’ve been wanting to try it out for a while as it is one of the only other (next to La Rana Dorada) places that brews its own beer in Panama city.  It just so happened I was in the city and staying right across the street so I decided to pop in and check it out.  … [Read more...]

Rosa Mexicana, Panama City, Panama

Rosa Mexicana, Panama City, Panama

If there is one thing that I consistently need in my life it's good Mexican food.  I happen to be from a town that has the greatest Mexican restaurant in the world so I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to my rellenos, enchiladas verdes and, most importantly, my guacamole. Rosa Mexicana is located in the Marbella neighborhood of Panama … [Read more...]

Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower

Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower

"The great advantage of a hotel is that it's a great refuge from home life." George Bernard Shaw I was fortunate enough to spend several days at the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower while entertaining a friend from back home.  Over the course of the four days spent there it truly did become a "refuge".  The … [Read more...]

La Rana Dorada, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama

La Rana Dorada, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama

If you've read through my blog here on The Panama Portal then you know I'm a fan of craft beers.  One of my favorite places to fill that need is La Rana Dorada.  Since my first visit to the el Cangrejo location I have been told numerous times that I had to visit the Casco Viejo location and try the pizza.  A few weeks ago I was in the … [Read more...]

Tantalo Hotel, Kitchen, Rooftop, Panama City, Panama

Tantalo Kitchen, Hotel Rooftop, Panama City, Panama

The more time I spend in Panama the more and more I fall in love with it.  I love talking about her, writing about her and experiencing the things she has to offer.  When the opportunity comes up for me to share Panama FIRST HAND with the ones I love I jump a the chance.  I just love to play tour guide! A few weeks ago my sweet friend … [Read more...]

Cafeteria and Restaurant Del Prado Via Argentina Panama City

del prado 24 hour restaurant panama city

Though there were some tasty treats served up at the Cable Onda Sports Awards held at the Hard Rock Hotel Megapolis in downtown Panama City, I found myself still a little hungry and need of a late night snack before retiring. Something about live television and free drinks gives me an appetite. Pucha and I decided to grab a bite at Del … [Read more...]