On my way to Sint Maarten from Medellin, Colombia, there was going to be an overnight layover in Panama. I’ve never been to Panama so I decided to book an early flight to arrive at 8:30 so I’d have a full day to check it out.

I’m no Panamanian travel expert but my gut said if I saw Panama City and the canal, I would pretty much “see Panama.”

I have to admit, I was surprised. After a little over 3 weeks in Colombia, I was used to second-rate type buildings and infrastructure and such. However, I was taken aback. Panama looked like a little Miami. The skyscrapers were beautiful. I felt like I was in America.

We booked a hotel on Calle 49 and lucky we did…more on that later.

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