This weekend we are heading to Panama City. I must admit, I am not that familiar with Panama City, other than the two obvious reasons: the Canal and the hats. I created this travel inspiration board to get me in the right kind of travel mood. I took some color inspiration from the traditional Panama hats as well as one of the newest hotels in Panama City, The American Trade Hotel.
Travel Style: Panama Hats
There are many different varieties of Panama hats. The traditional Panama hats are woven with “Paja Toquilla,” a straw in the palm family and found in Ecuador, where they are actually made. Like most of the goods produced in South America, they were shipped out via the Panama Canal, so they became known as Panama hats. Panama hats can take several days to make, and there are a variety of styles depending on how they are woven. They became popular with the miners traveling to California for the California Gold Rush and after Theodore Roosevelt was photographed wearing one when he visited the construction of the Panama Canal. (Thank you Wikipedia.)
I think it’s safe to say I will be bringing home a traditional Panama hat.
Sure, I am excited and interested in seeing the Panama Canal, but I am also looking forward to seeing the American Trade Hotel. The hotel is a part of the Ace Hotel family and is right in the heart of the Casco Viejo, one of the hottest areas in Panama City. I have also read about Las Clementinas is a must-visit place for great food, drinks and a lively atmosphere. Usually where you find a great hotel or restaurant, you are sure to find other noteworthy places as well, so it’s always a good idea to seek them out.
I can’t wait to come back and show you what else I find in Panama City!
Have you been to Panama City? What are some the the city gems you’d recommend?