Travel Home Business: Panama Considered Central America's Most Sought After New Tourism Destination
Tuesday, January 23 2007 @ 10:05 pm EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
"You have to visit Panama to believe it" says Matt Landau, Founder of The Panama Report. "By the time your vacation is up, you'll feel like you're on the inside of a travel secret". With experience in Costa Rica, Landau has consulted for some of the top vacation and real estate companies in the isthmus and believes Panama is destined for greatness, if not having achieved it already. He's quick to point out though, that things aren't always as good as they seem. "As always for a developing or emerging country, you're going to hit a lot of snags, among them corruption, scams, and crime. Specifically, when you look at real estate in Panama, immoral practices are like snowballs in that once they start rolling, they become hard to stop, so you need to address them at inception. I love Panama and by exposing the good, the bad, and the ugly, the vacation or investor will make his/her own educated decision."
The nation's deeply-rooted history can be seen in the ruins of Panama Viejo just outside the City's metropolitan skyline. Walk through the telling streets of Casco Viejo, the old city, where pirates like Henry Morgan stomped and trudged many years ago. The Kuna Indians, a tribe who've fought off colonials for nearly 500 years, offer eco-resorts within their own private 360-island Caribbean archipelago including snorkeling tours and lessons on making renowned 'mola' handicrafts. And of course, how could we forget Panama's biggest treasure and undoubtedly its greatest shortcut, the Panama Canal. For a country that's long been a melting pot of culture, it appears that the world's vacation and real estate trend-setters are now eyeing Panama as a hotbed of development.
Still partially considered a travel secret, the Caribbean and Pacific shores of Panama lie hushed, awaiting what will presumably be the fastest and most powerful tourism growth in Central America. The country's capital, Panama City boasts Miami-esque nightlife. The restaurant scene is innovative and constantly reinventing itself. The ocean-front banking skyline conjures up images of a young Argentina , primed for distinction. And the cobblestone streets of Casco Viejo evoke a breezy afternoon Cuban charm. "Panama real estate today is hotter than it's ever been" Landau says, "and by making educated and calculated decisions, a lot of people will live very happy remainders of their lives."
The real truth about the Panama real estate and tourism boom is only a few clicks away for trendsetting vacationers and retirees. To join the hordes of visitors uncovering the secret that is Panama, go online to www.thepanamareport.com and decide whether it's really all it's cracked up to be TODAY!
Editor's Comment: Matt's cool. He bought me a beer. And he gets extra points for being able to use "..."and by making educated and calculated decisions, a lot of people will live very happy remainders of their lives." See, this is what happens when you spend the afternoon hanging around :a Terraza and then decide to go home and write your own press release.