Panama is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. With a rich history, fascinating culture and a variety of historic sights, Panama is the perfect vacation destination for you and your family. However, don’t just take our word for it! When you’re planning your vacation to Panama, consider the many reasons why this amazing country will leave you speechless- we’ve listed our top 5 below, but of course, we could keep going.
1. World-Famous Attractions
Although Panama is a relatively small country, there is so much to see and do here. One of the country’s most famous features is the renowned Panama Canal, a marvel of maritime engineering that has continued to help Panama expand and prosper as a major commercial hub in Central America. This incredible canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by way of the Caribbean Sea, and stretches for almost 50 miles through some of Panama’s most breathtaking countryside. To enjoy the entirety of this amazing waterway, you can take a partial or full-day transit tour leaving from Panama City. A ride on the Panama Canal Railway, which runs parallel to the canal through the dense jungle, is also presents an exciting opportunity to see this engineering marvel. The Miraflores Visitors Center and the Colon Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center also provide two land-based platforms that shouldn’t be missed on any trip.
Of course, the nation’s capital itself has to be seen to be believed. With a history spanning more than 500 years, Panama City is one of the most cosmopolitan urban centers in Central America. Boasting world-class restaurants, exciting night life and historic districts like Casco Viejo, Panama City is truly a jewel in Panama’s crown and a must-see for any visitors spending time here.
2. A Welcoming Atmosphere
As one of the world’s premiere tourist destinations, Panama is used to welcoming international visitors. The people are friendly, and the atmosphere of this unique country will make you feel right at home. As a historical crossroads, Panama has also had a long history and continued presence with the U.S. in particular, and has therefore adopted likes and tendencies that facilitate the transition for visitors. For example, Panama uses the U.S. dollar as its main currency, English is spoken and understood by many and even Panama’s indigenous populations welcome tourists. Visitors will also find Panama’s extensive shopping and dining options to be a uniquely Central American, yet comfortingly familiar experience.
Another reason to visit Panama is the sheer diversity of things to do here. Whether you want to relax on some of the world’s finest beaches or experience the adrenaline-pumping thrills of a canopy ziplining tour, Panama has it all. There is something for everyone to enjoy in Panama, which is why the country is so popular with honeymooners, families and solo travelers.
3. Gorgeous Weather
When it comes to getting away from it all, good weather is near the top of many travelers’ lists of prerequisites. In this regard, Panama is hard to beat. Unlike North America, Panama experiences only two seasons – dry and rainy. During the dry season, temperatures can soar into the 90s, offering ideal conditions for sunbathing, river tours, snorkeling and a range of other exciting activities. In the rainy season, Panama’s lush tropical rainforests spring to life, rejuvenated by the warm rains. Panama is also outside of the Atlantic hurricane belt, so there is very little risk of these tropical storms making landfall in the country.
For visitors heading to Panama from the U.S. and Canada, the fact that the country uses the U.S. dollar as its currency makes Panama a remarkably cost-effective vacation destination. Panama prices are comparable to those in the Midwest and if you’re currently living on a Miami or L.A. budget, you’ll find Panama extremely cheap. This is even more true if you are coming from Europe or New York City. A nice restaurant is for a U.S. price (but you can’t beat the freshness of a passion fruit sorbet) but fresh fish at the beach with coconut rice is $5. Ice cold beer with an ocean view and friends is priceless. In addition, our tours offer you the quintessential Panama experience and enable you to see everything this amazing country has to offer at prices that won’t break the bank. With so much to see and do, you’ll be glad that you chose Panama for your next vacation, and your wallet will be, too.
5. Easily Accessible
Many of the country’s most popular attractions, such as its national parks, nature tours and tropical rainforests can be reached right around Panama City. With frequent flights from several U.S. cities including Atlanta, Houston, Miami and Newark and other oversea destinations including Montreal, Madrid, Amsterdam and Berlin, a world of cultural exploration is only a few hours away by air. The country’s main international airport, Tocumen, is quick and easy to get in and out of to enjoy seaside dining during an afternoon layover!
With so many reasons to choose Panama, all you have to do is figure out what to see first. Our team of friendly local travel professionals can help you plan every stage of your trip, so contact us today to see how we can help!