Panama City. Founded in 1519, Panama City is the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of the American Continent. Enjoy a nice walk in the narrow streets of the lovely old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Panama Canal. Learn about the history and operations of this engineering marvel of the world as you watch huge cargo ships passing by.
Santa Fe National Park. A hiker’s paradise with amazing mountain views, lush rainforest, lots of waterfalls, and pleasant temperatures to hike and swim in the rivers and natural pools. Being an off-the-beaten-path destination makes it an excellent destination for experiencing authentic Panamanian culture.
Santa Catalina & Coiba Island. Arguably the best snorkeling and scuba diving in Panama is at Coiba Island National Park, and arguably the best beginner and expert surfing at Santa Catalina
Las Lajas Beach. One of the longest beaches in Central America, with miles upon miles of unpopulated coastline stretching as far as the eye can see. The water is warm, the sand is soft, and it’s a lot of fun to play in the waves.
Boquete. Panama’s #1 mountain town is nestled in a valley where flowers bloom everywhere and rainbows are a common sight. With pleasant temperatures year-round, and home to small family-run coffee farms producing some of the highest quality coffee in the world.
Bocas del Toro. Laid-back Caribbean lifestyle, white sand beaches, banana plantations, lush rainforests, coral reefs, turquoise seas, exotic marine life, and mangrove coves. Very informal and popular with surfers and backpackers. Some love it, others not so much, therefore, it is important to be clear this is not a destination for everyone. It is a popular “touristic” spot for young travelers who want to go to the beach and party at night. If this is not what you have in mind, there are ways around it. The natural beauty and Caribbean vibe are worth a visit, but careful selection of where to stay and what to do will play an important role to make sure you have a good time.
Guna Yala. Very interesting destination providing a rare opportunity to feel like traveling back in time while experiencing a unique indigenous culture, not to mention the picture-perfect tropical islands. The catch is the very basic accommodations, limited infrastructure in general, and possible cultural shock. Recommended to visit primarily for the culture and welcome the beautiful scenery as a really nice bonus.
Bayano Lake Caves. An off-the-beaten-path adventure where you’ll get to feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins as you walk deep into an underground river and appreciate spectacular rock formations created by the hand of time while thousands of bats come out to greet you. Not for the faint of heart.