Panama Vacations

Panama, the 'Crossroads of the Americas,' is one of the world’s most essential transportation hubs. As a result, the culturally diverse population has a highly developed infrastructure. Panama’s geographic diversity means you can get a taste of the beach, tropical forests, mountains, city life and ancient ruins all in a few days, all without the ... Read more
crowds of Costa Rica or Guatemala. Panama City has combines the modern feel of American hotspots like Miami with a rich historical and cultural ambiance, highlighted by the colonial city. Check out the museums highlighting the significance of the Panama Canal or you can even go on a day-long Canal boat ride. Outside the city lie the beautiful Panamanian forests that boast a diversity of wildlife found in only a handful of other locations. Zip through jungle canopies in a harness or get in touch with your inner Robinson Crusoe in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, photogenic islands and the location for over a dozen international Survivor television shows. Forget hotels; Panama is becoming known for its impressive eco-lodges and casual beachfront resorts. Panama also happens to be a world-class coffee producer, and coffee tours are available for caffeine fiends.

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Panama’s position close to the equator means that the temperatures vary only slightly throughout the year and you are unlikely to feel cold (unless you journey far up into the highlands or are more accostumed ... Read more
to the balmy summer weather in Death Valley) no matter when you travel. Panama City and the Pacific coast have a normal rainy season characterized by heavy afternoon showers from May through November, but the Caribbean coast to the north can be wet throughout the year. If you don’t mind the crowds, some of the best times to visit Panama are during major festivals when the streets are filled with dancing, food, parades, costumes are perhaps a few strong liquid refreshments. Carnaval in late February/early March and the Flower and Coffee Festival in January are some of the most lively.

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Clearwater, Florida, USA

This picture is of Blue Parrot off of Bocas Del Toro. Amazing place for drinks and snorkeling

Recommended for:Family TravelersBackpackersAdventure Travelers
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Panama is a diverse culture with an incredibly unique history, culture and landscape.

Menlo Park, California, USA

The 1980s were not a great decade for this Central American nation. With a corrupt military regime, a U.S. invasion, and urban displacement on its plate, little energy went into developing a tourism market. Today, a relatively transparent democracy is in place and Panama’s economy has become one of the most competitive in Latin America, a fact that is evidenced in the rate at which Panama City is practically sprouting high rise apartments, skyscraper office buildings, and luxury shopping centers. Now visitors pour in to relax on white-sand beaches, explore the country’s spectacular biodiversity, and dive wallet-first into the world-class entertainment scene in the cosmopolitan capital.

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Dallas, Texas

My blog says it all--- And i am heading that way once more in 51/2 weeks...

Randolph, Vermont

Put Panama on your "must see" list. While a tropical country, hot and humid (esp. during rainy season April-mid-December), there are mountains that offer a coolness and refreshment from the heat. Panama is "not only a Canal," and offers sport fishing (ocean and lake), golf, surfing, swimming, bird watching extraordinare, museums and art galleries, casinos and live bands to dance the night away. The people are friendly and the roads are good--whether you are with a tour bus and guide or in your rental car. Must visit the Balboa Yacht Club and have a drink, while watching the ships in the canal and meeting the locals.

Herzlia, Israel

Amazing country, Cheaper then Costa Rica.
San Blas and Bocas Del Toros - WOW.
I have a small tip: I used a local SIM card for Internet and calls which I bought on Ebay so I could use my GPS and check in on place...
What can I say? I'm addicted to Facebook...

Los Angeles, California

We spent just over a week here in Panama, touring around. It's not an easy county to plan a "loop" and see a lot of in one trip. We focused on the Caribbean side and hope to get to the Pacific side and Santa Catalina next time. Transportation is mainly by bus or plane. You can rent a car, but it usually ends up being more expensive when you take the car, than when the quote you online. So be careful. The buses were okay, some of the trips at about an hour or more were on old school buses that had been painted funky colors with murals etc. The longer trips were on coaches, that had seats which would lean down. My main complaint was the constant noise, loud music and advertisements.

Flying into Panama City, we spent the first night there and headed out at 5am the next morning for San Blas, the archepilego of Islands to the north/east on the Caribbean side of Panama. This area is still controlled by the local indigenous people so it's very basic, beautiful and not as easily navigated. We spent two nights and three days there, and then headed back to PC where we caught two buses then a ferry that took us to Bocas Del Torro- a very different place than San Blas. It's got a lot of shopping, nightclubs, restaurants and tourist things to do. We stayed four days and three nights on Isla Careneros, which is just off the main island, and much quieter. The Careening Cay Resort was wonderful. On our last day we took a ferry and then a bus, back through La Amistad National Forest to Boquete. This is a cool, small, mountain town with coffee plantations around and lots of jungle/forest. We spent one night and day here and then took an overnight bus back to PC for our flight home the last morning.

Alexandria, Virginia

Port of call on the QM2 cruise in 2004. Wasn't too impressed with Panama, although the canal was interesting.

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Nicely done, awesome work!

Winter Haven, Florida

I was born in Panama City Panama