Panama Top Destinations
Main attractions of Panama
Because of its unique geographical position, Panama harbors a greater diversity of wildlife than any country in Central America.
A natural land bridge and connecting two continents, Panama is home to many South American species as well as North American wildlife.
Panama City - Casco Viejo is the historic center of Panama City. It is a quiet, charming district of narrow streets overlooked by the flower bedecked balconies of two and three-story houses.
At its tip lies French Park, a monument to the French builders who began the Panama Canal, and the lovely French Embassy.
Wedged in between two oceans, Panama offers a variety of beaches, both on the mainland and on islands offshore. Both coasts feature incredibly beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters, white sand, coral reefs and coconut palm trees.
From small coves to miles of open beaches, from sensual sandy beaches to rugged coasts, from popular beaches to deserted beaches, there is a beach vacation for anyone in Panama.
The Kuna Indians are a strongly-knit tribal society living on a chain of islands called San Blas Archipelago, on the Atlantic side of the Republic of Panama. The Ngobe-Bugle Indian men's ancestors were the formidable fighters the conquistadors rated among the most skilled of all the warriors in the Western Hemisphere: Bocas del Toro, Chiriqui and Veraguas. With an estimated population of 15,000, the Emberá inhabit the Darien rainforest of Panamá. This tribe along with the Wounaan were formerly known as the Choco. There are about 2,600 Wounaan indians who also live in the Darien rainforest.
The San Blas Archipelago is composed of approximately 100 nameless islets, 113 with names and of them nearly 30 islands are entirely made of corals. Contadora Island is the fifth largest of the Pearl Islands and is located in the Pacific Ocean about 50 miles from Panama City. One of the smaller islands of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Isla Solarte is located between the Columbus and Bastimentos islands. Boca Brava Island is situated in the Gulf of Chiriqui, which is home to the Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriqui, a national marine park with an area of 14,740 hectares protecting 25 islands, 19 coral reefs and abundant wildlife. Colon Island is the northern-most and main island in an archipelago located in Bocas del Toro Province, Panama.
El Porvenir Island is the strategic point to obtain more detailed information in connection with the Kuna culture and the services offered by other islands. Nargana Island connects with another town through a wooden bridge, politically divided, known as Jesus' Heart (Corazon de Jesus), that is to say, it is an island that has two towns. Wichubwala Islands are the entire Archipelago favors tourist attention, but the best services are found on this beautiful island. Nalunega Island means 'Snapper Island', it is very attractive and its houses are traditional. Ailigandi Island offers the services of the 'La Palmeco' Hotel; this community has a modern hospital, basketball courts, modest restaurants, shops, churches, airports on solid ground, post office, radio communication, plumbing, electricity, and a local Congress House. Bastimentos Island is located a 10-minute boat ride away from the town of Bocas del Toro.