Places to Visit

With over 1,400 islands, coastlines spanning 1,500 miles of breathtaking beaches along both the Pacific and Caribbean; and mountain ranges that divide the country north and south providing distinctive climates and ecosystems; there are seemingly endless options for places to visit in Panama. Take your pick of rainforest adventures in a biodiverse wonderland or cultural pursuits in cities big and small.

Each of the country’s 10 provinces offer captivating beauty, history, and experiences that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Panama’s snake-like shape facilitates easy travel, and it is also why Panama is the only country where you can see the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean and set on the Atlantic Ocean on the same day.

The diversity of Panama makes it a destination you will want to return to for repeat visits, and the friendly people will warmly welcome you to explore their country.

East

The most populous area of Panama lies in the eastern part of the country. Panama City, the vibrant capital of the country in the similarly named Panama Province, is the hub for the region and the gateway to everything in the country. This metropolitan city is where feats of technology, like the Panama Canal and dozens of skyscrapers, exist right alongside dazzling displays of nature—after all, Panama City is the only capital in the world with a tropical rainforest and a wonder of the modern world within its city limits, plus two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

From the capital, you can find access to the jungles of the Darien Province to the east, as well as the popular beach resort areas of Panama Oeste and Riviera Pacifica further west along the PanAmerican highway. It’s also possible from here to easily visit the Caribbean coast and experience the early history of Panama in the city of Colon, visit the indigenous communities in the San Blas islands, and witness some of the most breathtaking views of the Caribbean.

Central

Heading to the central area of Panama, the Cocle Province is just west of Panama Oeste. With miles of secluded sandy beaches and quaint small mountain towns worth exploring, Cocle is an excellent spot for ecotourism.

The Herrera Province is a low-key destination with its own charm. Its largest city, Chitré, is the shopping hub for the region. The small, nearby town of La Arena is well-known as the artisan center of Panama where you can step back in time to witness pottery makers, woodcarvers, and even bakers preparing bread and traditional treats.

Within the Los Santos Province you’ll find the small town of Las Tablas, a hotspot to be at during Carnival each year. At the tip of the Azuero Peninsula lies the small picture-perfect town of Pedasi where the eateries, accommodations, quiet beaches, and nearby surfing beach, Playa Venao, attract international visitors every year.

The province of Veraguas is the only Panamanian Province that borders both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean. Not to be missed here is Coiba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which boasts 38 islands filled with marine life. The village of Santa Catalina is known worldwide as a surfing haven. You’ll also find the small quiet town of Santa Fe in Veraguas that is popular for waterfall hunting. This mountain region has become a backpacking retreat for those seeking a quiet way to experience Panamanian life.

West

On the western side of Panama lies the province of Chiriquí, one of the most accessible provinces in the country. Small villages and towns dot the highlands down to the lowlands. David is the province’s capital and second-largest city in the country. Half an hour towards the highlands is the picturesque town of Boquete, the area's cultural center offering fine dining and all things adventure.

Volcan Baru, Panama’s only volcano, lies in this province and its majesty shadows the valleys below. The Gulf of Chiriquí is a designated national marine park where you can snorkel along coral reefs or go for a secluded hike.

And last but certainly not least is Bocas Del Toro, a province in the Caribbean consisting partially of the mainland and nine islands. It is the most popular destination in Panama thanks to the tropical island life it offers with easy access to breathtaking beaches. Bocas, as it is affectionately termed, has a Caribbean vibe all its own that you simply must experience. Make it a point to view wildlife at places like Starfish Beach, Nivida Bat Cave, and San San Pond Sak; and you also must try the delicious Afro-Caribbean cuisine and take part in the thriving nightlife.

With a wide variety of places to visit in Panama, you can seek out the spots that appeal to you and find unexpected surprises along the way.
 

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