My husband and I are planning a much needed honeymoon/first anniversary getaway. We'd love a bit of classic honeymoon beach relaxation but are also interested exploring a bit. We aren't on a backpacker's budget but we aren't going all out either.
We only have 9 days next month (December)...which would be best Panama or Columbia? Highlights please - HELP! We need to book our tickets asap.
I can talk about Colombia and for sure It would be a great destination for you, go to Cartagenaan amazing colonial city with great restaurants and night life, you can also try Santa Martaand visit Tayrona National Natural Parka.
Try Colombia I know you would love it. If you decide to spend more than a week go to Planes Eje Cafetero, the most important coffee region in Colombia, there you can stay on a a typical coffee farm.
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Hola! I was born in Panama City (Panama) and have visited Costa Rica. Panama uses the dollar which will save you time on converting currency. Most young people are bilingual. We have atlantic and pacific beaches. December is very festive month for our culture and it's the beginning of summer :) Most things are affordable.
In Colon Island, you get a taste of the caribbean in Panama. You can ride bikes, go on tours to other islands, surf and discover wildlife. I recommend a romantic B&B such as Island Plantation or The Firefly. The main island Bocas has lots of restaurants, bars and a few shops. There's a large international expat community.
Boquete is a picturesque village in a valley full of flowers, trees and wildlife. It's also a region known for coffee. A great place to go if you like to hike. It's also near a dormant volcano with beautiful views. There's an expat community here too. Stay at a nice B&B like the Boquete Garden Inn. The climate here is a bit cooler.
The city is very cosmopolitan and you have lots of sites to visit. You can stroll around Casco Viejo considered the artsy part of town. It has a french influence in the architecture which is great for photography. Also lots of fantastic restaurants, small galleries, boutiques and bars. Visit the Panama Canal Museum to learn all about it's history. Go to Avenida Balboa and walk around the park by the bay...you will be near the banking district and modern side of the city. We have a metro system so easy to get around and affordable. You may also use Uber so taxis don't charge you more for being a tourist. Parque Recreativo Omar Torrijos is a nice green area to go hang out and see some cool art. Check Panamá Viejo where the original capital was born...walk around the ruins of the old city where pirate Henry Morgan burned it down. Learn about our indigenous people and get a token to take home with you at Mi Pueblito. Take a day and relax in the waters of the pacific ocean go to Taboga Island...you get here by taking a ferry. Don't forget to explore the Panama Canal and take a tour if you have the time.
Happy first anniversary and happy travels!
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