resorts are springing up all over the country, and we don't see an end
in sight! As of the year 2000, there were literally no inclusive or
non-inclusive resorts in the country. There were old establishments
that were built in the 1970s, but were very poorly maintained and
experienced very little commercial activity.
However, with Panama's independence of the Panama Canal and its renewed
sense of sovereignty, a number of local and international resort
development groups embarked on ambitious but disciplined development
efforts. As a result, we have seen a healthy growth of resort
destination all throughout Panama, complementing the highly regarded
Panama real estate boom.
The most popular all-inclusive resorts have been development on
Panama's beaches, within 90 minutes driving distance of Panama City.
The most popular resort is called The Royal Decameron Hotel & Beach
Resort, and was developed on the beach town of Farallon. It offers a
variety of high-end amenities such as fishing, diving and golfing on
its championship 18-hole course.
Next door, another very popular resort is running extremely high
occupancy - Playa Blanca Hotel & Resort. The developers of this
property have also integrated a master planned, well thought out
residential component to the complex, and have recently announced the
development of the second-largest pool in the world!
Outside of these two well know resort destinations, we have seen
numerous other projects that have been delivered or are still in
planning stages. These include resorts in the Pearl Islands, the
Caribbean region of Portobello, Gatun Lake and those in the Azueros
Panama's tourism industry is booming, and resort destinations are
accounting for a large part of its growth. Be sure to book yourself a
room at one of Panama's fantastic resorts to truly experience what the
country has to offer!