Panama

“Crossroads of the Americas”

Overview

Panama, the “crossroads of the Americas,” has been attracting visitors since the Spanish carried their plundered South American gold across its Camino Real. Even today, it remains a magnet for the shipping industry, as mega-ships travel between the Pacific and the Atlantic through the Panama Canal.

The country’s capital, Panama City, has become Latin America’s booming financial center. Here, modern skyscrapers and high-end shopping malls contrast with the ruins of Panama Viejo, the first Panama City, and the colonial buildings in Casco Antiguo.

Beach lovers can kick back with the indigenous Kuna community of the San Blas islands, or party hearty and snorkel in Bocas del Toro. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, try shark diving at Coiba National Park, or go off the grid and hike through the Darien, one of the most remote lands on earth. Finally, return home with a bag of the country’s coffee, fresh from the lush, green plantations of Boquete, high in the Chiriqui highlands.

3 Days in Bocas Del Toro, Panama Red Frog Beach on Isla Bastimentos. A weekend escape from the Panama's capital city for two days in Bocas Del Toro. It's only a short flight from Panama Cit...

Bastimentos Island, Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama

Summit Botanical Gardens and Zoo in Panama monkey peeks through wire at summit botanical gardens and zoo near Panama Cityh Today we decided to spend one day at Summit Botanical Gardens and Zoo. Summit is located only 20 minutes away from Panam...

Summit Municipal Park, Ancón, Panama

Best Things To Do In El Valle De Anton, Panama Children playing while overlooking El Valle de Anton El Valle de Anton, Panama is a favorite local Panama City getaway. This mountain town has so many things to do – from ho...

El Valle de Antón, Coclé Province, Panama

Best Things to Do in Panama City, Panama view of Panama City skyline from Parque Metropolitano Find the best things to do in Panama City, Panama. Get travel tips and don't miss attractions like the Casco Viejo, Pana...

Amador Causeway, Panama City, Panama

Visit Mercado de Mariscos. Panama City’s Fish Market Man stands behind bins of seafood on ice at the fish market in Panama City Panama Discover one of the best things to do in Panama City. Mercado de Mariscos is more than just Panama's biggest fish market...

Mercado de Mariscos, Cinta Costera, Panama City, Panama

A Local’s Guide to Visiting the Panama Canal Expert guide to visiting the Panama Canal, by a local. Where to see the ships, what to expect, cost and what else you ca...

Miraflores Locks巴拿马运河, Panama City, Panama

Why You Should Visit Panama for Carnival Celebrate Panama Carnival - second-largest party in the world Mourning the end of the holidays, longing for another excuse to party? Never fear, Panama's Carnival season is just arou...

Avenida Balboa, Panama City, Panama

Tips on Celebrating Carnaval in Panama What to expect at Panama Carnaval, or Carnival, the 5-day holiday leading up to Lent that is not to be missed. Includes...

Avenida Balboa, Panama City, Panama

Get Away from Panama City – Visit Punta Chame Punta Chame's beautiful white sand beaches are an ideal day trip from Panama City. If you go during the week, you'll hav...

Punta Chame, Panama

Where to Find the Best Fire-Grilled Steak in Panama City Patagonia Grill: Where to find the best steak in Panama In our opinion, he best steak in Panama can be found at Patagonia Grill in San Francisco. Steaks are cooked over open fi...

Patagonia Grill, Avenida 4 C Sur, Panama City, Panama

Explore Panama’s Historic Royal Road, Camino Real Explore el Camino Real de Panama, the route that once brought plundered Incan treasure back to the king of Spain. Explore el Camino Real de Panama, the route that once brought plundered Incan treasure back to the king of Spain. Read m...

Quebrada Ancha, Alcalde Diaz, Panama

Panama Viejo: Attacked and Sacked What to do in Panama: Visit historic Panama Viejo, first capital, oldest European settlement on the Pacific, and a World...

Panamá Viejo, Panama City, Panama

Crossing the Darien Gap: Here’s How to Do It Can you cross the Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama? No road goes through the hazardous jungle, so what are your op...

Darién Gap, Panama

How to Make Panamanian Sancocho National dish of Panama Panamanian sancocho (aka sancocho de gallina) is Panama's national dish. This is a must-try, authentic recipe for the Pa...

Panama City, Panama

Casco Viejo Street Art: Graffiti in a UNESCO Site Graffiti in Casco Viejo Panama In Panama City's Casco Viejo street art abounds, even while the World Heritage site itself undergoes a renaissance. Read...

Casco viejo panama basilica, San Felipe, Panama, Panama

Strolling Through Casco Viejo in Panama Strolling Casco Viejo in Panama City, Panama Strolling through Casco Viejo's brick paved streets makes you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time where life was much...

Casco Viejo, Panama

Postcard from Panama: Day Trip to Isla Grande A Day Trip To Isla Grande A day trip to Isla Grande, a Caribbean island on the north coast of Panama that is popular day trip from Panama City. Re...

Isla Grande, Colón Province, Panama

Can You See Many Birds in Panama? Birding in Panama Panama is a bird mecca. People try to see how many varieties they can find. Here are some of the birds and other animals...

Pipeline Road, Corregimiento de Cristóbal, Colón Province, Panama

How to Meet the Embera Indians in Panama Linda buys a basket in an Embera Indian village Meet Panama's indigenous Embera Indians in Panama's Darien. This is the best way to buy an exquisite hand-woven basket....

Mogué, Panama

Santa Fe Panama: Hiking in Veraguas Mountains Santa Fe, Panama A drive to Santa Fe Panama will bring you to an authentic town in the Veraguas Mountains, a world away from the hubbub o...

Santa Fe, Veraguas Province, Panama

Postcard from Boquete Panama A river runs through the valley of Boquete Panama Boquete, tucked snugly in Panama's mountains, is a popular expat community. It's well known for its annual coffee and fl...

Boquete, Chiriquí Province, Panama

Snorkeling in Bocas del Toro, Panama Snorkeling in Bocas del Toro For a truly memorable Panama adventure, snorkeling in Bocas del Toro is a must-do. Read these tips before you go. Read m...

Bocas del Toro, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama

Enjoying the Panama International Air Show The Panama International Air Show, at Panama Pacifico International Airport, is a fun day for all ages. Read more

Aeropuerto Internacional Panama Pacifico, Panamá Oeste, Panama

Postcard from the Pearl Islands Isla Contadora in the Pearl Islands A photo essay from a getaway to the Pearl Islands in Panama. See where the hit television series "Survivor" was filmed....

Hotel Finca Lerida in Boquete Panama – Here’s What We Thought Finca Larieda, Boquete, Panama Finca Lerida is a picturesque boutique hotel in the mountains of Boquete, Panama. But is it worth the expense to stay th...

Hotel Finca Lerida Coffee Plantation and Boutique Hotel, Boquete, Panama

How We Like Living in Panama City Panama City coastline and Costa del Este as seen from Ancon Hill We reflect on what it's like to live in Panama City and show you our Panamanian apartment. Read more

San Francisco, Panama City, Panama

Visit Paseo de Las Bovedas, the Heart of Casco Viejo, Panama Bougainvillea Covered Walkway Panama City's Paseo Las Bovedas includes a bougainvillea-covered walkway lined with vendors selling traditional crafts....

Paseo de Las Bóvedas, San Felipe, Panama, Panama

Latest Panama Articles

Tourism website: Visit Panama

Time zone: UTC/GMT -05:00

Currency: PAB & USD- Panamanian balboa & US dollar

Official language: Spanish

UNESCO World Heritage sites: 5

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