WHY GO: This Central American nation has the best of everything: tropical rain forests, beautiful mountain vistas, two coasts for the Caribbean- and Pacific-style beaches, more than 1,000 islands, a sophisticated capital city, a vibrant nightlife, full-service resorts, exotic off-the-beaten-path getaways and historic sites. Seriously, what more could you possibly ask for? Few honeymoon destinations are as diverse as Panama City!
WHERE TO STAY: The newly opened American Trade Hotel (from $279, AceHotel.com) occupies a beautifully restored landmark building, providing the perfect mix of local culture and modern luxury. Book one of the top floor “Panorama” rooms for floor-to-ceiling windows that offer 180-degree views of Casco Viejo, Panama City and Panama Bay.
WHAT TO DO: Spend a day on expansive Gatun Lake where you may come face-to-face with monkeys and other wild animals. Get your blood pumping with an intense hike to the top of 650-foot Cerro Ancón or take an afternoon to explore the historic streets of Casco Viejo. At night, slip into the hotel’s Danilo’s Jazz Club for world-class music with an intimate atmosphere.