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Panama is indeed among the greatest travel destinations in all Central America. A country with unlimited islands, pristine beaches, and prosperity of historic sites, Panama offers people a chance to explore the best birdwatching, snorkeling and deep-sea fishing in the Americas.

Panama is world-famous for its 48-mile CANAL that connects the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic Ocean as well for the Panama Hat, despite being known as “Panama hats,” these hats have not really been produced in Panama. As a business, hat-weaving emerged at the beginning of the 1600s along Ecuador and at villages. The title of “Panama hat” was pretty much set in stone once President Theodore Roosevelt traveled to Panama to oversee the construction of the Panama Canal in 1906 — the hat became trendy, thus solidifying the title “Panama hat” for all these Ecuadorian — produced straw hats.


Travelers from all around the world visit Panama and also experience a contemporary town with all the exciting activities such as white water rafting, snorkeling, surfing, snorkeling, hiking, camping, bird watching, tours excursions, and much more. In Panama City, you can also enjoy shopping, nightlife, casinos and world-class dining!

We welcome you to discover its beautiful landscapes, rich culture, and experiences. 

Proud Panama celebrates its Spanish heritage with frequent and vibrant festivals, experienced with all the influences of those seven indigenous groups and carribean civilization.

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Travelbook Explorers Community Top 10 Favorites Experiences: 

  • Sail through the Panama Canal
  • Explore the old colonial town of Casco Viejo in Panama City 
  • Go on a birdwatching adventure at Cana, deep in the heart of Parque Nacional Darién
  • Enjoy the coffee varieties in the cool mountain town of Boquete
  • Dive with the sea turtles on Archipelago de Bocas del Toro
  • Take a tour at the Spanish colonial architecture of Península de Azuero
  • Visit the Parque Nacional Volcán Barú in search of the elusive quetzal
  • Surf, Dive & Soak up the Beaches of Bocas Del Toro
  • Escape to the San Blas Islands
  • Take a day to go to the Cafe Unido and taste the world-class Geisha beans 
  • Take a catamaran and explore the San Blas island 
  • Visit the BioMuseum at the causeway 
  • Go on a bike tour at the causeway



Tours and experiences to have in Panama
Panama City: Money Heist and San Blas Islands Day Trip

Visit the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama, famous for their turquoise seas and white sandy shores. Enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, sunbathing, and swimming from Panama City on four islands on this day trip.

Be collected from your accommodation in Panama City between 5:20 AM and 6:00 AM to start. Drive 2.5 hours to San Blas Port, Carti, and then take a local Panga boat to the first of the San Blas islands. Here, like a breakfast of fresh fruit and also take a while to sunbathe with beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels.

You can also use paddle boards or kayaks to learn more about the island environment. Then, enjoy a lunch of rice, fresh fish, and salad. Following lunch, sail onwards to Perro Chico, called the best snorkeling spot in the San Blas Islands. Here, you can see many different sunken vessel and fish species. Next, see Island Pelicano, made famous.

Head to the swimming pool. This is a bank of sand in the center of the sea where you can swim or walk around to find your starfish. At 3:30 PM, sail back to the port and then return to Panama City in the evening. On weekends you’ll see one of the biggest communities in San Blas to see a traditional dance set up by locals.


  • Visit four islands in one day (Perro Chico, Waily Lodge, Pelicano, and the Natural Swimming Pool)
  • Sunbathe on white sandy beaches and kayak and snorkel in clear blue waters
  • Go paddle boarding at Waily Lodge
  • Enjoy a local lunch of fresh fish with rice and salad
  • Visit Pelicano Island from the Money Heist Netflix series

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Every one of Panama’s ten states, five areas, and three native peoples regions have rich and diverse cultural customs, apparel, music, and meals. Explore these fascinating facts about Panama culture, food, and indigenous crafts. The Miraflores Visitors Center in Miraflores Locks —  Panama Canal has observation decks from which to observe the movement of vessels through the canal. In addition, it supplies a stand, exhibition halls, a gift store and a pub. 

Ecotourism is a favorite and Panama is home to the most varied wildlife inhabitants of all of the nations in Central America. Bird watching is exciting to watch in the most tiny Volcano Hummingbird into the Harpy Eagle. More than a third of Panama is Organic Park land. Whale Watching and dolphin Sails cruises, and Sea Turtle observations are offered.

The old town of Panama called Casco Viejo is a hectic western area with historic ruins and cobblestone streets. This is the website of 1519 Panama City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The earliest recorded mention of a canal through Panama was Created by Charles V, King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor. In 1534 he desired a path to be invented that could facilitate the danger and duration of their voyages of both Spain’s ships traveling between Peru and Spain. The Spanish invited this notion in 1788.

Christopher Columbus visited in 1502 and Balboa came to learn more about the region in 1513. Settled as a colonial region from the Spanish, it became their primary delivery point to and from Central and South America back to Spain throughout its colonial days.

The Panama Railway was built from the USA around Panama in 1855. 

President Woodrow Wilson delivered a sign from the White House from telegraph on October 10, 1913, that triggered the explosions that surrounded the Middle of the Panama Canal and joined the Atlanta Ocean into the Pacific Ocean.

The Panama Canal opened on August 15, 1914. 

The 1977 Torrijos-Carter Treaties ceded U.S. management of the Canal Zone back to the Panamanian government. The 2 countries controlled it collectively from 1977 to 1999

The natural resources of Panama comprise shrimp business, copper, its own mahogany forests as well as the hydro-power it creates from the Rio Chepo and the Rio Chagres. Agricultural products include sugar cane, rice, coffee, poultry, corn, bananas, livestock, and vegetables.

The Best things to do, Attractions and you must explore in Panama 

  • Panama Canal 
  • BioMuseo
  • Miraflores Canal Locks 
  • San Blas island 
  • Reserva Natural Punta Patiño
  • Parque Nacional Soberanía
  • Parque Nacional Coiba
  • Panama Viejo 
  • Bocas de Toro 
  • Casco Viejo
  • Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos
  • Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
  • Panama Rainforest Discovery Center
  • Gatun Locks 
  • Iglesia de San José
  • Plaza Francia at the Casco Viejo 
  • Parque Nacional Volcán Barú
  • Isla Grande 
  • Bayano Caves
  • Isla Cañas
  • Museo del Canal Interoceánico



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Frequently Asked Questions about traveling to Panama

Where is Panama?

Panama is located between Central and South America. 
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It covers 75,517 sq. km (29,208 sq. miles), and is somewhat smaller than the state of South Carolina. 
Panama is between 50 and 120 miles wide (89 and 192 km) and is bordered by 1,287.7 km (805 miles) of Caribbean coastline 
and 1,700.6 km (1,062.8 miles) of Pacific coastline.

What language they speak in Panama?

Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken in the business, banking, retail and international communities, in tourist oriented activities 
and in both the cities of Panama and Colon.

What currency they use in Panama?

The currency is “Balboa” which has the same value as the US dollar.
The US dollar is legal tender in Panama, which doesn’t print bank notes but only mints its own coins. Coinage is either Panamanian or the US equivalent in 50¢, 25¢, 10¢, 5¢ and 1¢.
Credit cards and travelers checks are widely accepted.

Does Panama have Beaches and Islands?

Panama has two coasts, Caribbean and Pacific and more than 
a thousand islands with a wide selection for you  to choose from consisting of exotic islands and retreats with full service Beach resorts.
Snorkeling, diving, fishing, surfing, and swimming are all popular pursuits.

What is entry and exit requirements for Panama?

US and Canadian citizens only need a valid passport and a tourist card. Tourist cards are the most common entry document for short stays 
(valid for 30 days). Cards may be purchased in advance from your travel agent or airline, or upon arrival at a land border or at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. Travellers can request an extension to their tourist card prior to the expiry date (maximum additional 30 days), however the Migration authorities of Panama may refuse the request.
Citizens of other countries should consult with the Panamanian consulate or embassy in their home country to obtain the latest information on entry requirements. In some cases, no tourist card is necessary and in other cases, you will need a visa.
A valid  Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit Panama. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country. Canadians must also be in possession of a tourist card.

Tourist Card: Required (available upon arrival)
Business Visa Required
Student Visa Required 

Visitors to Panama are required to have the equivalent of US$500 or a credit card, plus a return or onward ticket.

A US$20 airport tax (cash only) is charged upon departure.

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