A different way to celebrate Christmas

Rafting en Boquete.

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Water rafting in Boquete

Water rafting in Boquete.

Christmas in the tropics is a different experience for many foreigners, especially if they are coming from Europe, the United State or Canada, countries which are in the middle of the winter in December. If you have come here to avoid the winter cold and the traditional dinner or lunch with family or friends, this is the time to escape to Panama’s mountains or beaches, taking advantage of the beginning of the dry season. Here are a few suggestions.

Bocas del Toro: For those who like outdoor activities, this destination offers pristine white sand beaches surrounded by tropical forests, caverns to explore, great snorkeling and scuba diving. There is a growing European and U.S.A. community, so if you want to celebrate, Isla Colón has plenty of hotels, bars and restaurants where traditional Christmas grub can be found.

Typical Bocas del Toro houses

Typical Bocas del Toro houses.

Boquete: If you prefer a temperate climate, this mountain town with stunning views, in the western province of Chiriqui, is ideal. Relax in a spa, go river rafting or kayaking, see the jungle from a zip line or simply visit a coffee plantation and taste one of the best coffees in the world. This mountain town is a truly bilingual location, with a lot of U.S. citizens and Europeans living there permanently. It is a sleepy town and a great place to take it easy.

Isla Grande: is a small island off the Caribbean coast near Portobelo in Colón Province. Just 1.5 hours from Panama City lie the turquoise waters of the Caribbean coast with a variety of world-class attractions. There you can celebrate Christmas Afro-Caribbean style with fruit cake, Jamaican sorrel water and fresh fish while you work on your tan.

Whatever you do, have a Happy Christmas.

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