Long-Weekend in Panama City, Panama, and Cartagena, Colombia

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  • Colombia

  • Panama

  • City Travel

  • International Travel

  • Weekend Getaways

  • Foodie

  • Shopping

  • Sightseeing

blue skies and white clouds with orange buildings and red roofs city view of Cartagena in Colombia
Curator’s statement

Panama City and Cartagena are two cities that are a gateway to Central and South America. The weather in both is tropical, and the cities are adorned with colonial architecture, basked in delicious cuisine and fun nightlife. Enjoy these two Latin cities on an extended, long-weekend trip.

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Where to stay

American Trade Hotel

Panama City's stylish and well-located mainstay, with handsome accommodations and a hip coffee shop.

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  • Breakfast daily.

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Casa San Agustín

If you are looking for luxury, Cartagena has no better hotel than Casa San Agustin to unwind and pamper yourself.

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  • $100 USD resort / hotel credit.

  • Complimentary full breakfast for two.

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Hotel Capellan de Getsemani

Spanish, colonial-style hotel with a refreshing plunge pool in the artful neighborhood of Getsemani.

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  • Breakfast daily.

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  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Things to do

Rows of colorful houses in Cartagena Colombia with orange blue purple blue and green painted and green pink plants and flowers

Cartagena:

Islas Baru

Take a private half-day boat tour and land on your own private island, Baru, or land at Blue Apple Beach if you are with friends looking for a scene.

Coffee tasting 

Check out the Folklore Colombian Cafe joint for a delicious Colombia coffee tasting. 

Salsa class

Take a salsa class at Crazy Salsa

Explore Cartagena 

Enjoy a walking tour of the city with a private guide, or perhaps a local street art tour. The city boasts beautiful street murals. Walk around the old town to taste the street vendors' coconuts, tropical fruits and arepas. 

Shopping

Cartagena offers great luxury stores alongside handmade artisan crafts.

Panama City:

Explore the old city

Take a walking tour of Casco Viejo and visit its nooks and crannies. 

Visit the Panama Canal

View the 82 km waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean and divides North and South America.

Visit Parque Metropolitano

This is an inner city rainforest where you can stroll around and enjoy the flora.

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A note from Aimee

If you have a few extra days, explore Bocas del Toro, Panama.

Eat & drink

Food in panama city panama with orange carrots yellow lemon pink radish and green lettuce with meat on a white plate

Cartagena

Buena Vida Marisqueria: Rooftop restaurant with great Caribbean decor.   

La Cocina de Pepina: Authentic food that combines Colombian and Caribbean cooking styles. 

El Baron Cafe and Liquor Bar: Grab a drink at this fantastic cocktail bar.

Alma: Fine dining restaurant and bar in Casa Augustin hotel.

Oh la la: A great breakfast spot with a French twist. 

Panama City

Casa Casco: A rooftop eatery/nightclub in one. 

Annie & Motts: Cute casual eatery for breakfast and/or lunch. 

Santa Rita Casca Viejo: This is the place to go for dinner! A lively atmosphere, fantastic service,  good drinks, and a lovely Spanish-Argentinian menu.

Brutto: The in-know-the crowd go here for sushi in Panama City.

Cafe Unido: Go here for some great local coffee and snacks.

Need to Know

This trip is best as two nights in Panama and three nights in Colombia. The best time to visit is from January to May.

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