Sheraton had a nice lobby, friendly staff, and a good room with a view of a ballfield and a small view of the Carribean Sea because it was a bit far from the hotel but I enjoyed it with my tea. There is also a food court in the shopping center next to the hotel so we really liked that. There is an internet cafe in the court so you do not have to pay the $15 Sheraton internet access fee. The hotel and center is gated with a guard so it is safe. The pool is clean but very basic. The Sheraton is probably the best hotel in Colon.
I was so disappointed in Colon because I thought I would see the typical beautiful beaches of the Carribean. We drove to downtown Colon and it was such a ghetto. The sea was pretty and blue but the park was scary and we did not dare to stop because it looked so unsafe to go down the car. A local Panamian warned us that even he would not go to downtown Colon. I think their government forgot to take care of the city of Colon as it looked like it was forsaken. The Gatun Locks are close by but the visitor center looked rundown. The narrator of the history of the canal, however, was excellent! He was so informative, kind, friendly and knowledgeable! He was super! If you have time for only one lock visit, go to the Miraflores Locks and it is worth seeing it. The visitor center was renovated with a nice theater and a restaurant. It also has a museum where you can do a simulated boat ride through the canal. The Pacific Ocean side of Panama is nicer. The city is big and modern. We took a boat ride to Isla Tabago from the Amador Causeway site to swim. It was worth it. The only bad thing is that the people do not take care of their beach as there were a lot of debris on the beach. People should do beach clean ups as it is such a waste to not take care of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The Amador Causeway is really beautiful and I wish I knew about it before I went to Panama so I could have stayed in that area. There are nice restaurants in front of the water. Panama is a good place to visit once! If you are driving, make sure to bring a GPS or rent one as people there do not know how to give directions.
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