Panama is the isthmus connecting Central America and South America, and offers access to both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. In fact, because of its snake-like shape, you could feasibly start your day watching the sunrise on the Caribbean, and end, watching it set on Panama’s Pacific. Why choose one ocean, when in Panama, you can experience two? Plus, not only will you find over 3,000 kilometers of coastline along both sides of the mainland, but you can also go island hopping—Panama has over 1,000 stunning islands and cays, most of which are uninhabited. That means you’ll find plenty of opportunities for world-renowned surfing, fishing and diving—and not just for the pros. With so many beaches, Panama’s got something for everyone.
Panama’s Pacific coastline offers many beaches, ranging from calm waters to the best surfing destinations where tides change frequently. You’ll find both black sand and pearl-white sand beaches here, as well. Plus, many Pacific-side beaches are an easy day trip from Panama City. Visitors to many of these beaches can expect hot winds, lush vegetation, lots of sun, and if you’re lucky, humpback whales.
For calmer waves and relaxing breezes, head to Panama’s beaches located on the Caribbean side of the country. Here you’ll find some of Panama’s most beautiful islands, like the San Blas Islands and the Bocas Del Toro archipelago, most of which are uninhabited. When you get there, enjoy crystal clear waters, white-sand beaches, green palms, and in true Caribbean style, a notably laid-back vibe.