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Friday, March 4, 2011; 11:16 AM

GETTING THERE

TACA International Airlines offers connecting flights from Washington Dulles to Panama City, Panama, with fares starting at $492 round trip.

WHERE TO STAY

Casa Antigua

Calle 9 y Eloy Alfaro, Edificio 344

011-507-262-1542

www.casaantiguapanama.com

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

011-507-6679-7077

www.casasucrebedandbreakfast.com

Guest house with five rooms, some with shared baths, built in 1873 in historic Casco Viejo. Rates from $135 a night.

WHERE TO EAT

Maito

Final de la Calle 50

011-507-391-4657

www.maitopanama.com

Upscale restaurant in a converted villa, serving Panamanian fusion cuisine such as Cornish hen and ropa vieja. Entrees start at $13.

Manolo Caracol

Ave. Central y Calle 3

011-507-228-4640

www.manolocaracol.com

Casco Viejo restaurant with an open kitchen and a fixed-price menu of tapas served family-style for $30 a person.

Casablanca

Plaza Bolivar y Calle 4

011-507-212-0040

www.restaurantecasablancapanama.com

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

011-507-276-8325

www.pancanal.com

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

011-507-215-2768

www.barefootpanama.com

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

011-507-6758-7600

www.emberavillagetours.com

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.

INFORMATION

www.visitpanama.com

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