Like to hit the links? Head down south to Panama for warm days in the 80s. October is rainy season, so you’ll find good deals, but it doesn’t rain every day and never for too long. Those who want some beach time too should head about 90 minutes south of Panama City. The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort sits here on a beach that sparkles like diamonds, next to an 18-hole Nicklaus-design golf course. The course features a Cobra Performance Center where you can fine-tune your game. Bask in the resort's multiple pools or try an innovative cocktail by their master mixologist.
Ever wanted to golf amongst the skyscrapers? Then, Panama City’s The Santa Maria Hotel & Golf Resort, from the Luxury Collection, is the place for you. This Nicklaus-designed par-72 18-hole course is in the Costa del Este neighborhood. It has skyscrapers to aim at, birds to sing your praises, plus the occasional crocodile. Stay on-site at The Santa Maria, which opened in February 2018. Non-golfers will love The Santa Maria's exceptional spa, the indigenous art throughout the property, the chance to try one of the world’s most expensive coffees (Geisha by Coffee Hat), and its location just a short drive from the UNESCO Panama Viejo site.
- Johanna Read