Panama is an exceptional tropical beach gateway of Central America, one you should consider visiting during your next holiday season. Panama is the southernmost nation of Central America where it shares borders with Costa Rica and Colombia. While the Caribbean Sea lies to its north, the Pacific Ocean is found toward its south. Panama is known for its many waterways especially the Panama Canal . It is also known to be the only Central American country with diverse wildlife species.
Attractions and Activities in Panama
There is alt that you can do and see once in Panama during your holiday. You may first start by touring Panama Viejo, the first city in Panama established as far back as 1519. Your next stop will probably be a tour of Casco Viejo and sample its diverse buildings that portray Panamanian lifestyle. It is also here that you will sample the country’s Dance Festivals and artistic works.
A short drive from Panama City will take you to various tropical rainforests from where you will be able to undertake various activities including hiking and bird watching. You will probably want to visit the nearby Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute for a much deserved educational tour that will take you to Barro Colorado Island, reportedly the jungle that is most studied in the world.
You will want to spare a day to visit Panama Canal where you will have the opportunity to learn Panama’s history at the Canal Museum. You will also have the opportunity to learn the technical details relating to the canal. Various restaurants are strategically located nearby at the top, from where you can have a view of the transits through the canal. An interesting undertaking here will be to cross the canal for a memorable experience.
There are various activities you will be able to undertake while visiting the country. There are many hiking trails in the country’s dense tropical rain forests and national parks you can traverse without the need to have a guide. You will definitely want to enjoy horseback riding, something very common in Panama. If you are into water activities then the sparkling Gulf of Chiriqui will be your next stop. The gulf is very popular with sport fishermen who visit for the purpose of catching the Black Marlin. It is also at the Gulf that you will be able to undertake scuba diving and snorkeling.
White water rafting is a very popular activity in panama and you will certainly want to get involved in the same. Both Chagres River and Chiriqui Viejo in Chiriqui province have enough waters for paddling. It is also in Chiriqui province that you will be able to undertake kayaking both on the rivers and on the ocean.
Most Panama’s tropical beaches are not attractive. This is because of the enormous amount of waste and trash brought in by currents that transport the same from South America. You will need to venture into the Panama’s Islands that are found both on Caribbean and pacific, Islands that have clean, beautiful and attractive tropical beaches. The white sand Comarca Kuna Yala beach is a popular swimming and sun-bathing location. It also has hammocks you can take time to swing in.
You will likely find what you will want to eat while in Panama, especially when you are in cities or other small towns. You will easily find Indian, Italian, French, Mexican and Chinese dishes. Predominant dish in the countryside is remains Panamanian dishes. There are various brands of beers available if you will want to drink.
You will find diverse accommodation facilities that include 5-star international hotels. Because these are in most cases very expensive, you may consider putting up in Panama City’s neighborhoods where accommodation facilities are relatively cheaper. Very affordable accommodation facilities are readily available in the countryside.
How to get to Panama
Both the Tocumen and David International airports located near Panama City and David respectively receive international flights from almost all Central American countries, US and other neighboring countries. You can also enter the country by road using a car or bus from Costa Rica and Colombia. Many tourists also come into Panama by Cruise ships.
When to go to Panama
Panama experiences tropical type of climate meaning that temperatures are in most cases constant throughout the year. However, temperatures on the pacific side are usually lower than those recorded on the Caribbean side. In contrast, the Caribbean side receives a lot of rainfall than the Pacific side. The rainy season is usually between April and December when temperatures are relatively low. This cannot prevent you from traveling to Panama in anyway as you will still enjoy your stay. You may however need to travel between January and March when it is generally warm and dry. This will be good for adventuring into the country’s national parks and tropical rainforests.