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With rain forests, a vibrant capital city with a growing skyline, pristine beaches and land -- so much undeveloped land, it's no surprise that travelers to Panama are going back in search of second homes, plots of land and much longer stays. Panama, small and manageable, is a vacationers paradise with a little bit of everything. From bird watchers to engineers wanting to marvel at the Panama Canal's mechanical wonders to beach lovers looking to take advantage of the country's three coastlines (Pacific, Caribbean and the Gulf of Panama), the country is much more than just the place that connects two important bodies of the world via a crucial man-made trade route. A bonus, if you go in November, Panamanians celebrate three national holidays including Panama's independence from Spain.

Intratours (tel. 800/334-8069; www.intratours.com) has discounted airfare to Panama available through the fall and winter. Round-trip prices from the following cities are available through December 9, 2005 for the fall season and January 14 to March 31, 2006 for the winter months.

  • Atlanta $460
  • Boston $435
  • Denver $470
  • Dallas $435
  • Detroit $584
  • Los Angeles $460
  • Miami $398
  • Minnesota $465
  • New York $501
  • Philadelphia $470
  • Seattle $435

The above fares are for mid-week travel with a mandatory Saturday night stay and a maximum stay of 90 days.

For all-inclusive options Go-Today (tel. 800/227-3235; www.go-today.com) has three- and four-night trips to Panama. Combination trips covering Panama and other Central or South American countries are also available. A three-night air and hotel package to Panama City starts from $649 for travel till December 6, 2005, or from January 2 to March 31, 2006, if you book by October 6, 2005. On your first day, you'll tour the Panama Canal, which took 10 years, 75,000 workers and $400 million to build. Almost one million people live in Panama City, known for its nightlife and the melding of Central American and United States flavors. This package includes round-trip airfare, three-nights' accommodations in moderate and luxury hotels, daily breakfasts, airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges, a half-day city and Canal tour, and admission to one of Panama's hot nightclubs. Air security fees and departure taxes are not included in the price of the package. Departures at this base price are out of Miami. Additional departure cites are available for additional costs.

Gate1 (tel. 800/682-3333; www.gate1travel.com) is offering a five-day/four-night air and hotel package out of Miami starting from $589 with departures on September 29 and October 13 and 27, 2005. The trip includes round-trip airfare, four nights at your choice of three centrally-locate Panama City hotels, (all high-rise hotels built with modern amenities), daily breakfast, and transfer from the airport in Panama to your hotel. Sightseeing excursions include a canoe tour of river within a rainforest, a tour of the old Panama City neighborhoods and the Panama Canal.

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