Panama Vacation

Choose your own adventure when you head to Panama. Home to the world famous Panama Canal, this Central American country has a lot to offer. Panama’s physical landscape includes beaches, mountains, islands, and forests; its civic landscape covers everything from a cosmopolitan capital city to ultra-basic indigenous villages. Needless to say, there is a broad range of places to visit, which can make it tough to decide where to go.

Do you want to go surfing in San Carlos or scuba diving in Santa Catalina? Horseback riding in Boquete is always a treat. Then again, you could go kayaking on the Chagres River near Panama City. Speaking of Panama City, you were wanting to take that guided walking tour, because it's the perfect way to learn about the nation's history (and work off that chocolate tour you went on in Isla Bastimentos). The following destination categories will help you understand your options — they'll help you determine the best places to visit in Panama based upon the Panama tourist attractions you're most interested in.

Because Panama is a nation smaller in geographic size, it is easy to sample different locations in a short amount of time. If you're hoping to make the most of your vacation in Panama, then your best bet may be to decide on one or two destinations and then find supplementary places nearby. You can visit three to four destinations in a 7-10 day period, so don't be afraid to diversify your activities.

Adventures Panama

Hike and raft in Boquete, windsurf in Punta Chame — surf, snorkel, zip line, and more! Panama's adventure activities offer something for everyone, which makes this a great destination for groups.

Nature Panama

Panama's nature tours are a wonderful opportunity to experience a world that you're used to seeing on "BBC" documentaries or in the pages in "National Geographic." Nature is real, and it's thriving in Panama.

Off the Beaten Path Panama
Off the Beaten Path

If you fancy yourself an adventurous or authentic traveller, then exploring Panama off the beaten path will ensure you experience the islands, towns, people, and wildlife missed by visitors who stick exclusively to Panama's top destinations.

Indigenous Culture Panama
Indigenous Culture

From El Porvenir to Mogue, these are the destinations that will give you a truly authentic experience, and a unique insight into Panamanian culture.

Beaches Panama

The best beaches in Panama are the ones which fulfil your interests the most, so use this list to discover your own brand of fun in the sun.

Islands Panama

Enjoy lavish resorts, laid-back beach towns, private islands, deserted islands, and more. Whether you want to play volleyball or experience a true moment 'all to yourself,' Panama's islands are at your disposal.