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The following destinations are just a few of the many tourism offerings that Panama has to offer. The city of Panama has plenty in the way of museums and historic sites, while the interior region and pacific and Atlantic coasts provide numerous destinations for your enjoyment. We will be adding new destinations and attractions as we develop the site in the coming weeks.
Amador Causeway - the Amador Causeway, located just outside of Panama City and once the home of the US Army base, has quickly become one of Panama's most desirable tourist areas. The Causeway itself connect three small islands with the mainland, Naos Island, Perico Island and Flamenco Island. Visited by both foreigners and locals alike, the Causeway has enormous tourist potential, with several large projects having already been completed and many planned for the future.
Ancon Hill - rising approximately 654 feet, Ancon Hill towers over Panama City and offers visitors unparalleled views of the surrounding area including Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama Bay, Panama Canal Administration Building, Albrook Airport and the southern most section of the Panama Canal.
Barro Colorado Island - the Smithsonian Institute offers daily tours to Isla Barro Colorado, which is the largest forested island in the Panama Canal Waterway and home of the Smithsonian biological station. The trip includes round-trip boat transportation (45 minute ride each way), a buffet lunch and guided tour. Trips departs from Gamboa at 7:15 a.m. weekdays and 8:00 a.m. weekends, and depart the island at 3:40 weekdays and 2:30 weekends. The tour/walk lasts approx. 2.5 - 3 hours, and includes explanations about what you see during your hike.
Bocas del Toro - perhaps, the countries most popular tourist destination, the islands of Bocas del Toro are filled with countless excursions and warm tropical climate. Scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, bird watching, and sun bathing are just a few of the many activities one can enjoy while visiting Bocas.
Bridge of the Americas - with an elevation of 118 meters (354 ft.) and width of 1,669 meters (5,007 ft.), the Bridge of the Americas connects the two land masses separated due to the construction of The Panama Canal. Built by the United States, at a cost of $20 million dollars, the Bridge of the Americas now forms an integral part of the Pan-American Highway, connecting both North and South America.
Casco Viejo - located just minutes from downtown Panama City, Casco Viejo is the focal point of Panamanian architectural history, with it's picturesque buildings, wide streets comprised of red bricks, churches, ruins and museums. A must see for anyone visiting the city district.
Chiriqui Province - what many visitors to Panama don't realize is that just at the western tip of the republic, lies an undiscovered land brimming with promises of wildlife, adventure, exotic culture and enchanting mountain villages that will make you long to extend your stay. This tropical mountain paradise pleasantly surprises those who don't expect to find a home away from home.
Coiba National Marine Park (Isla Coiba) - Situated in the Gulf of Chiriqui and comprised of 38 islands, Coiba National Marine Park covers 430,825 acres and was identified by UNESCO in 2005 as a World Heritage Site. Once a penal colony, the park is currently managed by the National Authority for the Environment (ANAM) and offers visitors an opportunity to appreciate its pristine natural resources. White sand beaches, lush verdant forest, prolific wildlife, and world class diving are just some of the many things you’ll enjoy during your visit to Coiba National Park.
Colon Province - the province of Colon, situated on the Atlantic coast of Panama, has some colorful history and numerous excursions. Fort San Lorenzo, which is located on the old US Army base of Sherman; Isla Grande's clear, white sand beaches; Portobelo's historic and interesting ruins; and Gatun Lake.
El Valle de Anton - located approximately 2-2 1/2 hours north of Panama City, El Valle de Anton is situated within an extinct volcano; it is said that it happens to have the largest diameter of any volcano in this hemisphere. Complete with waterfalls, golden frogs, square trees and plenty of hiking trails, El Valle de Anton enjoys a much cooler climate that Panama City and is well worth a visit.
Escudo de Veraguas - perhaps Central America's most beautiful island paradise, Escudo de Veraguas is Panama's best kept secret. Situated just 10 miles off the Atlantic coast, east of the Valiente Peninsula, this horizontally shaped island is surrounded by white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters. Inhabited only by small communities of Indians, this remote and undiscovered island is as close to Tahiti as you'll find in this part of the world.
Isla Contadora (Contadora Island) - Contatadora Island (Isla Contadora as it is known in Spanish), one of the many islands that make up Panama's Pearl Islands, is situated approximately 40 miles off the country's Pacific coast. These small islands are some of the regions finest, and can be compared to many of those in the Bocas del Toro or San Blas regions.
Isla Grande - Lush verdant landscape, crystal clear waters, and a Caribbean atmosphere make Isla Grande Panama's most popular island vacation spot. Just two hours from Panama City, Isla Grande offers the visitor snorkeling, diving, surfing, and relaxation. Numerous inexpensive cabins, as well as larger, more expensive hotels cater to all. The islands waterfront restaurants and bars make for a peaceful and worthwhile visit.
Metropolitan Natural Park - the Metropolitan Natural Park(MNP), situated just outside of downtown Panama City, serves as a wonderful retreat for those interested in escaping from the neighboring city. The park has three main trails, all of which are well maintained and easy to find. The Metropolitan Natural Park was decreed a park in 1985.
Mi Pueblito - situated just on the outskirts of Panama City, is a unique representation of Panama's culture and history. The complex is comprised of three distinct villages: typical Panamanian, Antillian, and Indian (Kuna, Embera, etc.)
Miraflores / Pedro Miguel / Gatun Locks - The Miraflores Locks, due to their close proximity to Panama City and easy public access, is probably the most visited tourist site in all of Panama, more than Panama Viejo and Casco Viejo. The lock gates at Miraflores are the tallest of the three (the others being Gatun and Pedro Miguel), which is due to the extreme tidal variation that takes place in the Pacific Ocean
Panama Canal - the Panama Canal services over 14,000 vessels per year and is the economic, social and politic foundation of Panama. Ships navigate over 23 miles from coast to coast, passing three lock chambers, each of which is 1000 ft. long.
Panama City - Panama City surprises visitors with its modern skyline, sophisticated dining and undiscovered beauty. Described as a cross between Rio de Janiero and Miami, Panama's capital and largest city has a languid, tropical feel- streets are lined with palm trees and, from most buildings in the international banking center, executives can gaze out windows to the Bay of Panama and nearby islands.
Panama Viejo (Ruins of Old Panama City) - Panama Viejo, or Old Panama in English, is situated just northeast of downtown Panama City. Destroyed in 1671 during Sir Henry Morgan's invasion, the city was never rebuilt. Just minutes from downtown Panama City, Panama Viejo is well worth a visit for anyone with just a few hours to spend.
Pipeline Road (Soberania National Park) - Pipeline Road, perhaps Panama's most famous birding destination, is situated inside Soberania National Park, which itself is located within the Panama and Colon provinces. The park, measuring 48,287 acres (19,541 hectares) in size, was established in 1980 and contains numerous trails, one of which is Pipeline Road; there are several others nearby.
Kuna Yala (San Blas) - home of the famous Kuna Indians, Kuna Yala, or San Blas as its frequently called, is comprised of over 360 islands and a thin strip of mainland that stretches along Panama's Atlantic coast. Beautiful white sand beaches, and crystal clear, turquoise waters make this one of Panama's most popular tourist destinations.
Santa Cataina - situated in the Veraguas Province, along the country’s pacific coast and just west of the Azuero Peninsula, Santa Catalina is synonymous with surfing. As well, it serves as a gateway to Coiba National Park, which offers intrepid travelers world class scuba diving, snorkeling, white sand beaches, in addition to numerous other outdoor activities. Once a small fishing village off the beaten track, the town of Santa Catalina is still relatively small, but it’s growing quickly.
Statue of Balboa - situated along Balboa Avenue, the Vasco Núñez de Balboa Park is a historical monument, paying tribute to the Spanish adventurer and first European to glimpse the Pacific Ocean, in 1513. Holding the Spanish flag in his left hand and a sword with his right, the Vasco Núñez de Balboa statue overlooks Panama Bay, and is surrounded by a variety of well manicured plants and flowers.
Summit Gardens - located just 20 minutes outside of Panama City, Summit Gardens provides visitors with a opportunity to view many of the animal species found in Panama, as well as others found in the Central & South American region. Not really a botanical garden like the name suggests, the facility has numerous trails and resting areas.
Taboga Island - located just off the west coast of Panama City, only one hour by ferry from Muelle(Pier) 18, Taboga Island is one of Panama's most frequently visited tourist destinations. Clean and quiet, Taboga Island contains a network of well maintained paths, many of which are lined with colorful orchids in a variety of colors; this is most evident on the main path which runs parallel along the beach front.