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Destinations in Panama

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Regions in Panama

  • Central Panama
    Panama City and the provinces of Colon and Cocle.
  • Western Caribbean
    The province of Bocas del Toro and the province of Ngöbe-Buglé as well as the northern part of the province of Veruguas.
  • Western Pacific
    Most of Panama’s main attractions are located in the province of Chiriqui, as well as throughout the provinces of Herrera and Los Santos and the southern part of the province of Veraguas.
  • East Panama
    The forests and swamps of Darien Province, part of Panama Province, Kuna Yala and the San Blas Islands.

Cities in Panama

  • Panama City – the capital with 3 districts of interest: the New Town, the Old Town and the Colonial Town.
  • Balboa
  • Boquete – Panamanian capital of coffee cultivation, in the highlands of Chiriquí.
  • Boca Chica- in the Gulf of Chiriquí
  • Colón
  • David
  • Gamboa
  • Portobelo – Historic Spanish forts, boats to Colombia and diving centres.

Other destinations in Panama

  • Coiba National Marine Park – often referred to as the Galapagos of Central America because of its abundance of rare species in the water and on land. Here you can dive and snorkel and see some of the rarest pelagic species of marine life in the world.
  • La Amistad International Park is the second largest park in Panama, covering over 207,000 hectares (850 square miles). It is a bi-national park, with an additional 193,929 hectares (1,840,000 acres) on the Costa Rican side. Amistad is the Spanish word for friendship and was created to promote friendship between the two countries.
  • Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí – in the Gulf of Chiriqui, is dotted with dozens of small islands and islets, including Boca Brava, Isla Palenque and Islas Secas. The area offers some of the best sport fishing and whale watching in the region, and several resorts and boutique hotels have opened in the area since the mid-2000s.
  • El Valle – a charming little town nestled in the second largest inhabited volcanic caldera in the world.
  • Pearl Islands
  • San Blas Islands
  • Taboga
  • Volcan Barú National Park – 14,325 hectares in size, and the highest peak in Panama at 3,475 metres is located here.
  • Miraflores Locks – A good place to see the ships going up and down as they pass through the Panama Canal.

How To Travel To Panama

By air International flights arrive at Tocumen International Airport (IATA: PTY), located about 30 kilometres east of Panama City (from all countries) or at David Airport (from Costa Rica with AirPanama). PTY Panama City is well connected to the Americas and offers non-stop flights to almost 20 countries in the...

How To Travel Around Panama

By bus There are two types of buses in Panama: those on the highway and the "city buses" (metro buses) that have replaced the Diablos Rojos (Red Devils). The highway buses run constantly between the terminals in Panama City and various destinations along the Pan American Highway and then return to...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Panama

Countries whose citizens have a passport valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry do not require a visa for entry to Panama: (among others) Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Uruguay....

Accommodation & Hotels in Panama

Panama's hotels are as diverse as its geography. Panama City has as much glamour and glitz as New York, without the high prices. You can find 5-star hotels in the heart of the city or venture into the smaller neighbourhoods where former canal barracks have been converted into guesthouses....

Food & Drinks in Panama

Food in Panama In the big cities you will find all kinds of food, from French haute cuisine to the freshest sushi. There are Arabic, Italian, Chinese, Indian, Mexican restaurants... whatever you feel like. Outside the cities, the choice is largely Panamanian, with seafood and beef in abundance, thanks to the...

Money & Shopping in Panama

Panama is home to the largest free trade zone in the hemisphere, the Colon Free Trade Zone. There are also a number of large American-style shopping malls, such as Multicentro, Albrook Mall, Multiplaza Pacific and the newest Metromall. However, prices vary considerably from mall to mall - Albrook is...

Festivals & Holidays in Panama

1 January, New Year's Day9 January, Martyrs' Day (Panama)Shrove Monday. The Monday before Ash Wednesday.Shrove Tuesday. The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.Good Friday - Death of Christ1 May, from 1 May to Labour Day1 July. (every 5 years) Inauguration of the President3 November. Separation Day (from Colombia).4 November. Flag Day5...

Language & Phrasebook in Panama

When you cross the border between Costa Rica and Panama, you will notice a distinct change in dialect. True to its Caribbean orientation, Panamanian Spanish is much closer to Puerto Rican than to Tico or Nicaraguan. For students with Mexican or European Spanish, this may take some getting used...

Internet & Communications in Panama

The most popular app for calling and texting in Panama is WhatsApp. Viber is also used. With these apps you can call and text for free with people who use the same app. This is the case for many Panamanians. Panama has one of the most advanced telecommunications systems in...

Traditions & Customs in Panama

How to dress The Panamanians seem to care about their appearance. Don't try to dress up to fit in, just be yourself. That means you don't have to wear a suit everywhere either. Just dress conservatively and smartly. For men, clean jeans and a shirt with a pressed collar are sufficient...

Culture Of Panama

Panama's culture is derived from European music, art and traditions brought to Panama by the Spanish. The hegemonic forces created hybrid forms by mixing African and Amerindian culture with European culture. The tamborito, for example, is a Spanish dance that was mixed with African rhythms, themes and dance movements. Dance...

History Of Panama

Panama was mainly colonised by the Spanish. Scotland, which was an independent country at the time, made a short-lived attempt at colonisation in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The failure was so spectacular that it led to the bankruptcy of the Scottish treasury and subsequently to the...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Panama

Stay Safe in Panama Most of Panama is very safe. People in the rural areas are generally extremely friendly and helpful. If you want to visit Latin America but are paranoid about safety, Panama might be a good place to cut your teeth. One exception is the border region between...

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