Beach + Island

Last-Minute Escapes: Beach Vacations



For the Couple: Buenaventura, Panama

With all the colonial romance you’d find in San Juan (terra-cotta ceilings, stucco archways, winding paths lined in fragrant trees) and a bit of Nicaragua’s exoticism (thatched-roof huts, empty beaches), the town of Buenaventura, on the Pacific Ocean, is ideal for leisure à deux. Stay at the Bristol Buenaventura, which has 109 rooms, six restaurants, and a beach bar, and spend your days sunbathing, golfing, horseback riding, fishing, and snorkeling (507-908-3333; doubles from $395). Include an afternoon on Ancon Expeditions Panama Canal Rain­forest Boat Adventure (pictured), exploring the wildlife along the famous—and currently expanding—canal (507-269-9415; $110 per person).

Photograph courtesy Ancon Expeditions

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