Colon city, Rep of Panama - This marks the Caribbean entrance to the Canal. It was a major port for Spanish ships leaving the Caribbean and heading back to Spain loaded with gold, jewels, spices and foods.
My first trip to Central America was spent in the beautiful Bocas Del Toro. This place had everything from a great night life, to snorkeling, to rain forest adventures, to lazy days at the beach. A surfer hippy.