TACA International Airlines offers connecting flights from Washington Dulles to Panama City, Panama, with fares starting at $492 round trip.
WHERE TO STAY
Calle 9 y Eloy Alfaro, Edificio 344
Charming apartments in a Spanish colonial house in the heart of the Casco Viejo historic district. Rates from $79 a night.
Casa Sucre Boutique Hotel
Calle 8 y Ave. B
Guest house with five rooms, some with shared baths, built in 1873 in historic Casco Viejo. Rates from $135 a night.
WHERE TO EAT
Final de la Calle 50
Upscale restaurant in a converted villa, serving Panamanian fusion cuisine such as Cornish hen and ropa vieja. Entrees start at $13.
Ave. Central y Calle 3
Casco Viejo restaurant with an open kitchen and a fixed-price menu of tapas served family-style for $30 a person.
Plaza Bolivar y Calle 4
Casual restaurant with outdoor seating and an extensive menu featuring seafood, salads, burgers, pasta. Entrees start at $7.25.
WHAT TO DO
Panama Canal Miraflores Visitors Center
Watch ships go through the Panama Canal from one of three observation decks and learn about the canal's history in the museum. The ticket office is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adults $8, ages 5-17 $5.
Barefoot Panama Tours
Guided day or overnight tours to Isla Grande, Isla Taboga, Bocas del Toro, Isla Contadora and several other destinations. From $45 per person.
Embera Village Tours
Day or overnight trips to the Embera village Puru. Prices vary depending on group size but range from $100 to $175 per adult for a day trip and $175 to $250 for an overnight.