are saying that Panama is the "new" or "hot" destination to visit in
Latin America. Panama certainly has plenty to offer. The Panama canal,
an outstanding engineering feat, makes a great day trip from Panama
City. There is also beautiful countryside to explore, rainforests and
wildlife vacations and some truely unique beaches to discover.
has some fantastic beaches on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts.
Following the real estate boom in neighbouring Costa Rica, investors
are increasingly attracted by Panama's beaches (and the country's very
stable government). Bocas Del Toro
is a laid back small town with a host of offshore islands, most of
which remain empty and unspoilt for the moment. Also on the Caribbean
coast, the San Blas Islands are an
autonomous region governed by the indigenous Kuna Indians, who live in
a paradise of small undeveloped islands. A visit to the San Blas
islands is highly memorable - not just for the beauty of the area, but
also for the friendliness of the local Kuna Indians.
In addition to numerous beach resorts a short drive from Panama City, the Pacific coast offers the beautifully idyllic Pearl Islands,
just a short flight from Panama City. The islands remain relatively
undiscovered - this is where the "Survivor" series was filmed. Further
west, the Azuero peninsula has
a less visited but equally beautiful coastline, with plenty of rural
villages to visit in addition to it's remarkably undeveloped, wonderful
beaches. Further West along the Pacific Coast is the surfing hotspot of
Santa Catalina, and the nearby prison Island of Coiba, one of Panama's best scuba diving and snorkelling travel destinations.
Tours of Panama's mainland
cruise of the Panama Canal is a real highlight, alternatively one can
easily visit the Miraflores docks on a day trip. There's also some fine
rainforest lodges just outside of Panama City.
has various fascinating highland towns that offer fantastic
opportunities for outdoor activities, hiking or simply marvelling at
the scenery. Consider visiting El Valle de Anton, a town in a volcanic
crater a couple of hours from Panama City. In the west of Panama,
Boquete is an equally appealing destination in the Chiquiri highlands near the extinct Volcan Baru.
Throughout Panama there's numerous rainforest lodges and jungle tours available. Head East to the Darien National Park
to hit the most remote regions - in addition to the rainforest and
wildlife opportunitines, there's many remote indigenous villages and
beaches to explore in addition.