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.
If all you know about Panama is its world famous canal, get ready to discover the adventure destination that's been right under your nose. Panama adventure travel is exciting and will take you across a variety of terrain.
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.
Orchids, butterflies, toucans, sloths...these are just some of Panama's natural wonders. Why read about them when you can see them in real life in Gamboa and Portobelo?
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.
From uncrowded beaches on the tiny island of Isla Boca Brava to the extremely remote jungles of Santa Cruz de Cana — this is 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.
To whom does a country's land truly belong to? That's a question to ponder when you learn about Panama's people and Panama's culture when you visit Panama's indigenous population.
From El Porvenir to Mogue, these are the destinations that will give you a truly authentic experience, and a unique insight into Panamanian culture.
Time to head for Panama's beaches! From surfing in Playa El Mar to exploring the tide pools of Punta Burica, Panama's beaches offer something for adrenaline junkies and low-key explorers alike.
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.
Need a little rest and relaxation on your next getaway? Panama's island vacations offer all this and more. Snorkel or dive from Solarte Island. Learn how the Pearl Islands were named by a man who never reached them.
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.