Offering more than just its famous canal, Panama is a great holiday destination and offers beautiful scenery, picturesque towns and villages, great cities and a laid-back vibe to visitors. Add to that the fantastic rainforests, soaring volcanoes and rich bio-diversity and Panama becomes a destination to please all takers.
Panama City, the capital, is a melting pot of different influences including African, Spanish, Chinese, and others. Historical sights such as the Plaza de Bolívar and the Metropolitan Church dating from the 17th century can be seen in the San Felipe district, while the city’s excellent museums, including the Interoceanic Canal Museum of Panama, are equally fascinating. The city’s diverse culture is reflected in its cuisine, which is more varied than other Central American countries, and in its vibrant music scene. Panama City also boasts a botanical gardens, zoo and two national parks, Sobrerania and Metropolitana.
Away from the cities, Panama has some great beaches. Santa Catalina is a surfer’s paradise with renowned waves and a lovely beach. Or the islands off the coast of Panama offer some of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches. These include, Isla Taboga and Isla Grande, where some of Panama’s most beautiful flora and fauna can be seen by snorkelling or diving.
Highland town Boquete offers a mountain retreat from the heat of the coast, and also some of the most amazing scenery, hiking and climbing Panama has to offer at the spectacular Volcán Barú peak. Panama’s most famous attraction, the Panama Canal, is a fascinating engineering marvel and a spectacle to be seen, linking the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the continent, and also providing a pleasant day out.
Visitors can fly direct into Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport from a variety of destinations, including Miami. The city has a good range of hotels from hostels to luxury, and facilities, amenities and infrastructure are all very good.