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Expanded Panama Canal Officially Opens

 In a game-changing development for the wider Caribbean Basin, the expanded Panama Canal has been officially inaugurated. The first commercial transit of a so-called “Neopanamax” vessel occurred through the expanded canal on Sunday, with a crowd of more than 25,000 …

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Panama’s Secret Caribbean

 By Beatriz Torres MarinCJ Contributor “The place where you’ll change Uber for boat rides that will take you from island to island.” A FRIEND and I wanted to go on a short getaway and do nothing but chill by the …

The Caribbean’s Fastest-Growing Hotel Company

 By Guy Britton No Caribbean hotel company is growing faster right now than this one: AMResorts. The Apple Leisure Group subsidiary signed 17 new resort management contracts in 2015, easily the most of any company in the region. And now …

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 An historic villa in Panama is headed to the auction block. Finca La Pagoda, a 34-acre retreat that has played host to various Panamanian presidents and foreign political leaders, is being listed with Platinum Luxury Auctions for an auction on …

 It isn’t just a Caribbean fantasy — it’s green, too. This is Azul Paradise, the next overwater bungalow hotel on your Caribbean bucket list. Set in the Bocas del Toro archipelago on Panama’s Caribbean coast, each of the hotel’s bungalows …

 AMResorts has kicked off 2016 with its latest hotel opening in the Caribbean Basin: the new Secrets Playa Bonita Panama Resort. The 310-room, adults-only property is the 42nd resort in the company’s collection and the 15th Secrets-branded hotel. It is …

 Germany has a new gateway to the Caribbean Basin. Copa Airlines and Lufthansa have signed a codeshare agreement for Copa flights to regional destinations, the two companies announced. Copa flights in the current winter schedule from Miami to Panama are …

 Retiring can mean going somewhere to do less — to be less active. And there’s nothing wrong with that — especially in the Caribbean, one of the most relaxing places on earth. But some people want a different level of …

 Copa Airlines has taken delivery of its 100th airplane, the Panama-based carrier announced. The Boeing 737-800 is being leased from SMBC Aviation Capital. “We are proud to celebrate this historic achievement for our company and for the country – a …

puerto vallarta copa flights

 A new gateway to the region By the Caribbean Journal staff Panama-based carrier Copa Airlines has officially launched daily nonstop flights between Panama City and San Francisco, Calif. The flights provide a new gateway to Central America and to the …

 Flying out of Dubai By the Caribbean Journal staff The world’s longest flight is coming to the Caribbean. It will be the longest flight to the Caribbean Basin when it launches next year. And the longest nonstop flight on earth. …

 More flights to Panama City By the Caribbean Journal staff Air France is expanding its service to Panama City, the company announced. The increased service will mean six weekly flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Panama City Tocumen, launching in …

 A new destination for the rapidly-growing carrier Above: the Cayo Espanto resort in Belize By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Starting this December, Copa Airlines will be offering its first-ever service to Belize. The Panama-based carrier will be operating two weekly direct flights …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Global rum giant Bacardi has expanded its rum portfolio with the acquisition of Banks Rum, the company announced. Banks, which is based in Switzerland, is the creation of master blender Arnaud de Trabuc, the former …

 Above: a Copa plane By Dana Niland CJ Contributor Copa Airlines has officially launched nonstop service between Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. With the new service, New Orleans becomes the airline’s 11th US …

 Above: Mantra By the Caribbean Journal staff Another new hotel is in development in Bocas del Toro off the Caribbean coast of Panama. London-based Union Hanover Securities has launched its second hotel in the area, Mantra. The property, which will …

 Above: a Copa plane By the Caribbean Journal staff Copa Airlines is planning to launch daily nonstop flights between Panama and San Francisco, Calif., the company announced. The US city will be the Panama-based carrier’s 12th US destination. “Copa Airlines …

 Above: the soon-to-debut Secrets in Panama By the Caribbean Journal staff AMResorts’ regional expansion is showing no signs of slowing down. After deals for new properties in Aruba and Mexico, parent company Apple Leisure Group announced the signing of a …