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Panama City, Panama Day 2&3

After seeing the city buildings up close on my first day I wanted to see them from a far on my second day. So I went to a 654 foot hill called Ancon Hill. The view from the top of the hill was phenomenal! It was like I was on top of the world! I could see all the buildings in the city and the water bodies around it. I saw the Trump Ocean Club, the Revolution Tower, The Point, The Pearl Tower, and many other structures. The buildings were just as beautiful from afar. Besides admiring and taking hundreds of pictures of the amazing view, I also went for a hike through the paths and saw multiple animals. I was lucky enough to see one of my favourite animals, sloths, in its natural habitat. It was really fascinating! I also saw hawks, toucans, and very colourful butterflies. It was so neat to be surrounded by wildlife, but being able to see the city at the same time!

Ancon Hill

Ancon Hill


The View From Ancon Hill

The View From Ancon Hill

After Ancon Hill I headed to a restaurant steakhouse called Parrillada Martín Fierro. I was recommended to eat here while I was in Panama multiple times, so I decided to follow everyone's suggestion and have dinner here. The restaurant was very clean, family friendly, and the staff was great and kind. As for the food, the prices were quite reasonable and delicious. I had a medium-well steak, with a side of potatoes, and mixed vegetables. Just like everyone who recommended me to eat hear said, the steak was the best I ever had. It was perfectly cooked and seasoned and my side dishes really complimented the steak. It was great and I definitely recommend everyone to eat here at least once.

Parrillada Martín Fierro Restaurant Steakhouse

Parrillada Martín Fierro Restaurant Steakhouse


Parrillada Martín Fierro Steak, Potatoes and Mixed Vegetables

Parrillada Martín Fierro Steak, Potatoes and Mixed Vegetables

On my third day in Panama city I went to Comarca de Kuna Yala, which is made up of over 300 islands and beaches. The scenery was beyond beautiful and looked like a post card! The beach I went to was surrounded by tall, large palm trees and huts. The sand looked like white powder and the water was clear blue and had the perfect amount of waves. At the beach I was able to go on boat ride. It was very relaxing and calming.

Comarca de Kuna Yala I

Comarca de Kuna Yala I


Comarca de Kuna Yala II

Comarca de Kuna Yala II

After the beach I decided to take a peaceful walk along Avenida Balboa. This is a walkway right beside the ocean in Panama city. It has a spectacular view of all the buildings and the ocean. There were multiple restaurants, stores, and even a mall that were walking distance from the walkway. So, I ate dinner in one of the restaurants called Boulevard Balboa. The food there was so cheap, ranging from $3.00 to $10.00! It was unbelievable. I ordered a Cuban sandwich and coffee shake. They were both quite good. After dinner I shopped in the outdoor stores and the mall to buy some souvenirs for myself and for my friends and family back at home.

The View From Avenida Balboa

The View From Avenida Balboa


Avenida Balboa Mall

Avenida Balboa Mall

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Panama City, Panama Day 1

The next stop of my dream trip around the world was Panama City, Panama. It took about two hours and three minutes to get there by plane from Montego Bay, Jamaica. This flight, with no stops cost me $492. I stayed in a 3 star hotel that was called Hotel Bahia Suites for three days and per day, it cost $57. The hotel was also located in the city of panama, so it was really easy to find something to do. Hotel Bahia Suites was a pretty standard hotel that included free internet, a jacuzzi in each room, complimentary breakfast, and an outdoor pool which had a really great view of the city. The staff of the hotel was very friendly and they kept the hotel very clean. During my stay in Panama city I took part in a variety of activities. I spent some time in the city, out in the wilderness, and in the beaches.

Hotel Bahia Suites Exterior

Hotel Bahia Suites Exterior


Hotel Bahia Suites Bedroom

Hotel Bahia Suites Bedroom

During my stay here I knew I wanted to see the famous Panama Canal so I decided it would be perfect to go on my first day. I took a five hour boat tour of the canal that took me to multiple cities in Panama like, Gamboa, Pedro Miguel, and Flamenco Marina. The boat ride was very relaxing and informative. On the tour, the boat passed by numerous cargo carrying ships that were massive. The boat also included a full lunch that served steak, potatoes, various salads, and had a wide choice of desserts. The tour boat had all you can drink water and soda as well. It was all very delicious!

The Panama Canal

The Panama Canal


The Panama Canal Tour Boat

The Panama Canal Tour Boat

When the tour of the Panama Canal was over I decided to walk around the city. I took closer looks at the buildings and different structures. One of the two buildings that stood out the most to me was the tallest building in Panama, the Trump Ocean Club. This building is a hotel and condominium with a beachfront view. It is so oddly, yet beautifully shaped. The second one was the F&F Tower, which is also known as The Revolution Tower. This building is in the shape of a spiral and has a large point at the top. It was like nothing I have seen before! The buildings in Panama City are definitely some of the most unique in the world. My first day in Panama City was really fun!

Trump Ocean Club Building

Trump Ocean Club Building


The Revolution Tower

The Revolution Tower

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Ocho Rios, Jamaica Day 2 & 3

On my second day in Ocho Rios I went to the Dolphin Cove and shopped in the Coconut Grove Shopping Centre. At the Dolphin Cove, I swam with the friendly and adorable dolphins and interacted with other sea creatures like stingrays and sharks. At first it was extremely scary but the animals gave me a warm welcome once I got into the water with them.

Dolphin Cove Entrance

Dolphin Cove Entrance

Dolphins Performing

Dolphins Performing

After that, I spent a couple of hours in the Coconut Grove Shopping Centre to pick up some souvenirs. I bought some really interesting and unique things that I will definitely be keeping for the rest of my life. During the day I was able to see the multi-coloured roofs and during the night the shopping centre is brightly lit up with colourful lights. I was lucky enough to see how the shopping centre looks during both, the day and night.

Coconut Grove Shopping Centre During The Day

Coconut Grove Shopping Centre During The Day

Coconut Grove Shopping Centre at Night

Coconut Grove Shopping Centre at Night

On the last day here I decided to go to Reggae Beach, even though the resort I stayed in was located on a private beach. Reggae Beach was very relaxing and calm. I went early in the morning so there weren’t many people so it was quite quiet, which I enjoyed. The sand was so soft and smooth, and the water wasn’t too cold or too hot. It was perfect. There was also a small restaurant with really great food. They served fish, fried chicken, jerk chicken, and steamed vegetables.

Reggae Beach

Reggae Beach

Reggae Beach Restaurant

Reggae Beach Restaurant

After I got a slight tan and swam in the beach, I headed to an amusement park called Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica in Mystic Mountain. There were all kinds of fun activities to do here. I participated in zip lining and bobsledding, and went on a ski lift as well. The bobsled and zip line were such a thrill, and the views from the ski lift were incredible! Ocho Rios was such an amazing city and my stay here was so exciting and adventurous. It was definitely a great experience!

Bobsledding at Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica

Bobsledding at Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica


Ski Lift in Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica

Ski Lift in Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica

Zip Lining at Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica

Zip Lining at Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica

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Ocho Rios, Jamaica Day 1

I just ended my three day trip at my first stop of the trip, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. It was absolutely beautiful! I came all the way from Mississauga, Ontario and from the Toronto Pearson Airport, it took a total of four hours and five minutes by plane to get to the Montego Bay Airport in Jamaica. The cost of this flight was $431. From there, I had to take a one hour and forty minute taxi ride to Chrisanns Beach Resort in Ocho Rios. The resort was like an apartment and included everything I needed and more, such as a full kitchen, a balcony, a swimming pool, and a car service. The cost was very reasonable at $72 a night. The resort was also located on a private beach, so it wasn’t crowded, which was nice and peaceful. Besides spending a few hours at the beach every night, I also visited other popular attractions.

Chrisanns Beach Resort Exterior

Chrisanns Beach Resort Exterior

Chrisanns Beach Resort Swimming Pool

Chrisanns Beach Resort Swimming Pool

On my first day here I decided to go on the Ocho Rios Dunns River Jeep Safari. On the five hour tour, I visited Murphy Hill, Fern Gully and Dunn's River Falls. There was an entrance fee of $2.00 to get to the top of the Hill. Murphy Hill had an amazing panoramic view of Ocho Rios and I was almost able to see most of the city from the top of the hill. It also had beautiful plants, flowers, and hills. It was very calming and peaceful.

Entrance to Murphy Hill

Entrance to Murphy Hill

The View From Murphy Hill

The View From Murphy Hill

After the Murphy Hill, the jeep safari drove though the Fern Gully. This attraction is a canyon that is covered in trees and plants. Here I also walked through the numerous trails and admired the visible bodies of water. It was very beautiful. On the ride through the Fern Gully, we stopped to see multiple shacks that sold handmade clothing, jewelry, and statues. Everything was so beautifully made, I just had to pick up a few items!

The Fern Gully

The Fern Gully

The Shacks of Fern Gully

The Shacks of Fern Gully

The last stop of the tour was the Dunns River Falls. I was the most excited for this destination because of how beautiful I heard it to be. The Dunns River Falls is one of Jamaica’s treasures and is also one of its most popular tourist destinations, and I definitely see why. It is absolutely breathtaking. Besides admiring the beauty of the falls, I climbed it and swam in the water as well. The climb up the falls was quite difficult but well worth it. It was so exciting, yet frightening at the same time. Also, it was very refreshing to take a dip into the water. The water was the perfect temperature for the hot Jamaican weather!

Dunns River Falls

Dunns River Falls


Dunns River Falls Climb

Dunns River Falls Climb

Posted by liezelmarie 21:17 Archived in Jamaica Comments (0)

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