While Panama Tourism is mostly geared towards the Panama
Canal, there is a lot to see in this isthmus country linking South and Central
America and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This is the reason why it is
called the “Crossroads of the Americas,”
More highly developed than neighboring Central American countries, Panama enjoys a modern infrastructure, making travel through the tropical paradise easy and convenient.
Panama City, the capital of Panama
This is a modern city framed by the Pacific Ocean home of the famous Canal de Panama. El Casco Viejo, or the Old Town, its cobblestoned historic center, is famed for colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical Palacio Presidencial and bougainvillea-filled plazas lined with cafes and bars.
The #1 of Tourist Attractions in Panama stands as one of the greatest achievements of engineering. Visitors may take a partial or complete crossing of the canal taking between four to eight hours.
Many visitors explore the canal by visiting the Miraflores Locks Museum including the restaurant located at the top, from where you may watch the vessels transiting through the several locks below.
Bocas del Toro Panama
Bocas Town is the capital of Bocas del Toro Province, an archipelago of several islands ideal for scuba divers and snorkelers, especially for beginners.
It features an extensive coral reef with awesome variety of colorful tropical fish and an extensive marine life. It was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1502. Nowadays it’s the most popular beach attraction in the country.
It’s famous not only for its beaches, but also its rain-forests and lush vegetation.
San Blas Islands
Here you may be introduced to the indigenous people the Kuna with a rich culture of their own. Located in eastern Panama the locals view their area as their own but are peaceful and welcoming people.
They have a member of the tribe present on each tiny tropical island and for a nominal fee they allow you to use the area for the day.
In the Coiba National Marine Park you will encounter the real diversity of Panama’s wonderful marine life. The Island of Coiba the is the largest in the park as well as one of the largest in all Central America
More than 800 species of marine life are present in the area. The park is known as one of the best places to enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving on the Pacific Coast.
The Amador Causeway connects the three islands by the entrance to the Panama Canal to the mainland. From the causeway, you have a great view of Panama City and its skyscrapers and of the Bridge of the Americas.
The causeway is a popular spot among Panamanians for jogging, biking or rollerblading on the weekends.
Sendero Los Quetzales
Located near the small town of Cerro Punto is one of Panama’s most beautiful trails. The 9 km route starts east of town and takes between four and seven hours.
The trail passes through the cloud forest of Parque Nacional Volcán Barú and follows the Río Caldera, crossing it several times during the trail. It ends in the mountains above Boquete.
Playa Las Lajas
Located on the Pacific coast on the Gulf of Chiriqui is this beach with more than 13 km with small currents and perfect water temperature.
It is ideal for swimming and surfing. It features a few shacks and cheap restaurants. The big hotel chains have not yet discovered this hidden treasure.
Isla Contadora in Panama
In the beginning of the 16th century the Conquistadores discovered the abundance of pearls in the islands. It gained fame because it was shown on the TV show Survivor.
Contadora is the most developed of the Pearl Islands with several resorts and an airstrip.
Since it is only 20km from Panama City this is the perfect escape for the day. First settled by the Spanish in 1515, Isla Taboga has a small village with the second-oldest church in Latin America.
It features a few restaurants and from the top of the island a great view of the Capital of Panama.
Even though the international surfing community has tried to keep this place a secret, the word has gone out about this majestic surfing place.
Located on the Chiriqui Gulf in the Pacific Ocean it does not offer a lot as a town, but the beaches are awesome.
Panama Flag Description
The flag of Panama was officially adopted by the on November 4, one day after Panamanian separation from Colombia.
The stars and quarters are said to stand for the rival political parties, and the white for the peace in which they operate. Blue was the color of the Conservatives, and red the color of the Liberals.
Images for panama tourism
bocas by panafro
san blas by david broad
coiba by dronepur
taboga by ayaita
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Map of Panama Tourism