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Santa Catalina is located about 150 miles southwest of the national capital, Panama City.
Isla Gobernadora is 7 miles southeast of Santa Catalina. You know what that means? You can go and see Camaron Beach and Coca Beach.
To locate Plaza Banconal, Escuela Normal Juan Demostenes Arosemena and Catedral of Santiago Apostol, travel northeast from Santa Catalina for 35 miles to Atalaya. Parque Nacional Cerro Hoya and Cerámica La Peña are some other places if you've got time to kill.
Trying out different cuisines is one of the best ways to learn about an area. So be sure to stop by some of this region's restaurants.
Nothing compares to local ingredients. You'll soon discover that rice and plantains are go-to favorites here.
Have you thought about trying tamales (corn dough rolls) or corvina (baked fish)? Both menu items are staples around here.
Got a bit of a sweet tooth? Sample some raspados (ice topped with sweet syrup)
If tasting a bottle or three of the local brew is among your first priorities, make your way down to the nearest bar and order a round of Balboa
If you're in the mood for something non-alcoholic, resbaladera (chilled barley and rice drink) is a nice alternative.
Getting your head around the local language is the most effective way to understand a different culture, so take the time to learn some everyday Spanish phrases before you arrive. ¿Cómo estás? is Spanish for how are you. ¡Feliz cumpleaños! is also good to know. It means happy birthday.
If you're here on the Independence Day, you can take part in the festivities for Independence Day, a day of celebration across the nation.
When it comes time to return home, say one last "Adiós" to all the local characters you have met and think back to all the amazing adventures you had.
You don't have to worry about being late for boarding. Just make sure you remember that the nearest airport is 150 miles to the northeast.
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Wake up to the ocean at your door at this Santa Catalina inn, which is nestled on the beach.
Ocean adventures await at this hotel, which is by the sea and set on the beach within easy reach of scuba diving.