Panama is an outstanding tourist destination, offering Panama vacations to suit a wide variety of tastes. Ecotourism, built around Panama's great biodiversity, tropical forests, mountain ranges, lush plant life, and unique array of animal species, is one of the main attractions. But Panama has so much more to offer, including wonderful beaches, Pacific islands, Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, the urban excitement and modernity of Panama City, world-class golfing, and a rich cultural history expressed through its people and historic sites. With more than 1,500 miles of Pacific and Caribbean coastline, much of it dense mangrove, Panama vacations are not to be overlooked by beach-lovers. Bocas del Toro and Kuna Yala Island are two of Panama’s great beach destinations. If money is no object, a visit to Isla Coiba will reveal some of the most gorgeous beaches that can be found, as well some of the best diving and snorkeling opportunities in Central America.
Getting Around: Tocumen International Airport (PTY) is located 24 km from Panama City but there are also other gateways into Panama.
Where to Stay: Accommodations vary, including everything from the larger all-inclusive resort hotels to smaller boutique hotels to B&Bs. Hotels like Royal Decameron Beach Resort and Hard Rock Megapolis offer great quality to tourists.
Weather: Generally, the weather in Panama is wonderful – a tropical climate with little seasonal variation in temperature. Low temperatures average 24C and highs average 29C. Temperatures are considerably cooler at some of the higher elevations in the mountains. Panama's rainy season runs from May through November.
Attractions: When it comes to activities, ecotourism leads the way, and there are so many opportunities to experience the wonderful plant, animal, bird, and aquatic life in this uniquely diverse environment. Tour a rain forest, explore a coral reef, go rafting, kayaking, repelling, or birdwatching, and enjoy the vast variety of natural beauty that an all-inclusive Panama package holiday has to offer.
Panama vacations should not be overlooked as great golf excursions. For the shopaholic, take advantage of the great duty-free shopping, urban malls, and local bizarre shopping. For great nightlife, casino action, dining, and cultural experiences, look no further than Panama City. Tourists are sure to appreciate the diversity of local musical styles, including jazz, salsa, reggae, calypso, bolero, and more. Not to be missed is the Panama Canal- one of the greatest engineering feats in human history, officially opened in 1914.
Panama vacations appeal to a wide range of travellers of all ages – those with an interest in ecotourism and adventure, culture and history enthusiasts, and sun-and-fun seekers.