I’ve always found Panama interesting. Living in Costa Rica for several years, I never understood why Panama wasn’t as developed as its northern neighbor, in terms of tourism—especially surf tourism. Last May, I decided to cross the border into Panama in search of something new.
Panama is a diverse country. On one side of the spectrum, it’s very modern. Nearly a century of American influence and presence around the cities and canal has fostered a hybridization of Panamanian and American culture. For example, contrary to the rest of Central America, baseball is the national sport. Additionally, modern medical practices, paved roads, new cars, and high-rise buildings in the capital (Panama City) could easily be mistaken for, say, Miami or even Dubai.