Perched on an isthmus at the southern tip of Central America, Panama, officially referred to as the Republic of Panama, embraces its rich pre-Columbian legacy that goes back more than 12,000 years. As the bridge between North and South America, it is an international business hub and crucial trade route. Imagine being able to soak up the sun on two different oceans in the same day. Imagine trekking through a plush rainforest, hiking up enchanting mountain trails, and crushing the white sand of the beach between your toes all in the same day. This is Panama.
Panama City, the capital city, is a fusion of old colonialism and modern skyscrapers on a backdrop of sun-soaked emerald vistas. There are many sites, sounds, and tastes to experience in this gorgeous city. The Old Quarter is home to myriad stimulating destinations, including Las Bovedas, The National Institute of Culture Building, The French Embassy, The Cathedral on Plaza de la Catedral, Teatro Nacional, The Interoceanic Canal Museum, and the stately Palacio de las Garzas. Panama City is renowned for its high-spirited nightlife. Panamanians live to party as evidenced by the extensive array of casinos, nightclubs, bars, and discos. Nightlife pulses in three veins of the city; Casco Viejo, Calle Uruguay, and The Amador Causeway. Take advantage of the excellent shopping on Panama City's Central Avenue, the Amador Duty Free Shop, Canopy Tower, and the Balboa Artisans Market.
If you want to get a little closer to Mother Nature, Panama is a direct path to her greatness. Panama features the world's most accessible rainforests and gorgeous mountains surrounded by splendid hiking trails. Birdwatchers will find a little piece of Heaven in Baru National Park with access to over 1,000 different bird species including the magnificent Quetzal birds. The Metropolitan Nature Park features indigenous puma and native alligators. Divers and snorkellers flock to Panama's turquoise oceans for superior diving hot spots like Bocas del Toro, Isla Grande, and the San Blas Islands.
No mention of Panama would be complete without referencing The Panama Canal. Going to Panama without seeing the Panama Canal is like going to France without seeing the Eiffel Tower. The ideal locale for touring the Panama Canal is the inMiraflores Visitors Center, which hosts an interactive museum with exhibits covering the history of the Canal, its construction, and a promenade to watch ships as they traverse the Canal.
Getting around is a breeze with access to buses, cheap taxis, and regular ferries. Spanish is the official language, but many people speak English as well. Panama has a perfectly tropical climate year round and is an incredible travel destination when you want to kick up your heels and relax in arms of the sun on a picturesque white sand beach with a Mai Tai in your hand.