Holiday in Panama
Panama is not just about the famed Panama Canal and its abundance of fish – which is what the name literally means. It did not make its name in history and tourism simply by just being the ‘Crossroad of the Americas’. This tropical paradise between North America and South America has drool-worthy sights worthy to be visited. So pack up your bags and head out to these top-notch destinations.
- Isla Taboga. Its lovely beaches can be found just 20 kilometers away from Panama City. If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of urban living, enjoy some jet skiing adventure at Isla Taboga as well as some fishing charter trips. During the early 1500s, Spanish colonizers came to settle here and it has the second oldest church in the western hemisphere set up on its charming village.
- Pearl Islands. The wealth of pearls in the archipelago has allured Spanish colonizers to mark it as its property in the 1500s. Pearl Island’s white sandy beaches stand beautifully in contrast with the lush forests and it has gained popularity when it became the setting location of the hit reality TV show Survivor. There are excellent resorts and even an airstrip on its most developed island, the Contadora Island.
- Boquete. Boquete is dubbed as the ‘Valley of the Flowers’, luxuriously draping all its grandeur in the mountain ranges along the western border of Panama, extending into Costa Rica. There is a plethora of adventurous activities to do here: soaking in the hot springs along the Caldera River, traversing the Cloud Forest through a zip line or white-water river rafting on the Chiriquí Viejo.
- Amador Causeway. By the entrance to the Panama Canal, it connects the three islands to the mainland. You will be treated to an amazing view of the Panama City as well as the Bridge of the Americas as you go along the causeway. Locals love to spend time here especially on the weekends – jogging, rollerblading, or riding a bicycle.
- Volcán Barú. Situated on Panama’s highest geographical point, the Chiriquí Province, Volcán Barú is a dream come true for daring mountain climbers and edgy hikers seeking for an adventure of a lifetime. Going to the summit is really quite a challenge because the long climb is very steep and the climate changes drastically with each step. If you want a more laid-back experience, then just look for the crystal-clear hot springs around the town. The dormant volcano feeds thermal waters to the springs and it is a great way to soothe aching bodies.
- Santa Catalina. If world-class surfing location is your obsession, then you’ll be in for a treat at Santa Catalina. The international surfing community wants to keep it hush-hush but this idyllic spot has already made its way to the hearts of surf fanatics worldwide. Santa Catalina is located on the Chiriquí Gulf, a wonderful example of the rugged and natural beauty of Panama. A jungle forest surrounds the beautiful beach, perfect to unwind and recharge.
- San Blas Islands. Get up close and personal with the indigenous people of Panama, the Kuna, as you explore the San Blas Islands located in Eastern Panama. The rich culture of the Kuna will truly warm your hearts and they are a very hospitable people.
- Coiba. The Coiba National Marine Park boasts of an unparalleled marine diversity and you’ve got to see it to believe it. The Coiba Island is the largest in the park as well as in the whole of Central America. Pack up your snorkelling and scuba gears so you can enjoy frolicking around more than 800 species of marine life here.
- Bocas del Toro. For scuba diving beginners, head out to Bocas del Toro because the dives here are shallow enough for practice. The capital of the Bocas del Toro Province was discovered in 1502 by Christopher Columbus and is currently one of the most well-known tourists destinations in the whole country. Its extensive coral reef is home to a wide array of colourful tropical fish. After having your fill of the sun, sea and sand, hike through the lush rainforest to feel more in touch with nature.
- Panama Canal. Nobody could argue that the Panama Canal is one of the world’s greatest engineering achievements. Crossings usually take four to eight hours, depending on whether you would take a partial or complete crossing of the canal. But you can also check out the Miraflores Locks Museum to have an informative experience of the canal.