If you have already planned your trip to Panama but haven’t decided where to go once there, here is a list of top 10 places to visit. These range from man-made marvels to natural treasures.
1. Panama Canal
The Panama Canal is a must during your trip. It is an impressive work of engineering which you should visit at least once. Besides, being in Panama and not visiting the canal is like not having gone to Panama at all. It offers visitors different options. If it is your first visit, we recommend the complete tour of the facilities, which includes seeing ships transit from the terrace and observation decks, watching a 3D film about the Canal, and enjoying the exhibition halls. This will allow you to know more about the Canal’s history and interact with available attractions.
2. Casco Antiguo
Whether during the day or night, take a walk through the Casco Antiguo in Panama City. It competes with the Canal as the top tourist attraction in the country. Filled with culture and contrast, the Casco offers one of the best views of the city, museums, and a great variety of cafes and restaurants to spend a pleasant time at.
3. Beaches in San Blas
The San Blas islands comprise about 200 miles of Panama’s Caribbean coast. Visitors can enjoy the archipelago’s culture and great natural beauty. Part of the territory is the Guna Yala reserve, governed by the Panamanian indigenous group of the same name. The Guna Yala are in charge of tourism here and their vitality, simplicity, and charm make this paradise even more special.
We recommend a Coffee Tour in Boquete, located in the highlands of the province of Chiriquí. If you go to Boquete, you will have the opportunity to visit century-old farms. Get to know and enjoy coffee plantations whose roots were planted by the founding families of Panamanian coffee. You can taste the coffees and in some cases experience a day in the idyllic life in a tropical mountain coffee plantation.
5.Bocas del Toro
This archipelago in western Panama is a first-class tourist destination. Its environment is 100% Caribbean, and its calm and clean seas await you. Reaching the islands of Bocas is no problem at all, since it has its own international airport.
6. Historic, transisthmic train
Travel by train to Colon city. It leaves at 7:15 am from Corozal and travels by the Canal’s coastline. It returns from Colon at 5:15 pm. This trip is available from Monday to Friday.
7. Amador Causeway
This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a view of Panama City. It offers outdoor activities such as bike rides, a marine zoo, and various restaurants to choose from so you can spend an enjoyable and different afternoon not far from the city.
8. Colon Island
Colon Island is the most popular and the main island in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro. Most of the hotels, restaurants, bars, tour operators and businesses in Bocas are based in Colon Island. It is also where the Bocas del Toro International Airport is located. All of this makes it the central point embarkation for most visitors planning to explore the other islands in Bocas del Toro.
9. Anton Valley
Anton Valley, in the province of Coclé, is a resort town that has become an important ecotourism reference in Panama. Hidden among green mountains, here you can find hot springs and fertile land, flowers, vegetables, and a pleasant climate. Its population is located in an extinct volcano’s crater, the biggest one in Panama’s prehistory and to which this noble land’s benefits are attributed.
Pedasi, belonging to the province of Los Santos, is known for its virgin beaches, activities such as sport fishing, diving and surfing, and its proximity to some of Panama´s national parks. Surfing is especially popular in the famous Venao Beach.
These 10 places that we have recommended will make your stay in Panama be very enjoyable. In case of any emergency that you may have during your visit, you can count on International Touristic Medical Service to receive medical assistance.