Panama is a Central American Country bordering Costa Rica to the northwest and Colombia to the southeast. Located on a narrow strip of land joining the continents of North America with South America, it is flanked by North Pacific Ocean (southwest) and Caribbean Sea (northeast). At its narrowest point, Panama is only 48 kilometers across; thus, affording a unique chance to its visitors to see both Pacific and Caribbean coastlines on the same day.
Panama was a colony of Spain since 1501. It achieved independence from Spain in 1821 to become part of Columbia. Panama became an independent nation in 1903. Panama Canal, which joins Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, is one of the most important trade routes in the world.
There is enough natural endowment in Panama to rank it among the best tourist destinations of the world. However, much of these have remained unnoticed by vacationers, sparing its attractions from usual crowd expected of a place of matching caliber. Panama offers the best of Caribbean and Pacific experiences from its more than 1500 islands scattered off its either coastlines. The San Blas Archipelago, which has hundreds of islets, is enchanting with coral ringed islands and beaches lined with palm trees. It is also home to Kuna Indians, who are known for their primitive lifestyle.
Pearl Islands, off Panama's Pacific Coast, are known for white sandy beaches and unexplored forests. It is possible to find a private beach on one of its uninhabited islands for an exotic experience. Contadora, the most developed and fifth largest island in the archipelago, offers modern facilities, which include a golf course. The Isla Bastimentos feature Caribbean architecture and has no road. National Marine Park is an important attraction of this island, besides its white sandy beaches. Beaches of Panama are ideal for water sports such as fishing, snorkeling, diving, surfing, kayaking and sailing.
Panama City, the capital of Panama, is an interesting blend of modern America and old Spain. President's Palace, Plaza de Francia and San Jose Church are some of the notable landmarks of the city. However, the country's Spanish legacy is best displayed in Portobelo, a colonial town. Chiriqui Province features picturesque landscape composed of volcanic highlands, waterfalls and coffee plantations. Panama has an amazing biodiversity and it is regarded as a paradise for birdwatchers with about 1000 species of birds. Soberania National Park and Baru National Park are best spots for this activity.
Panama Traveler Advice
Ta Marija Restaurant
In «Ta 'Marija», located in the center of the village Mosta you’ll be amazed by the welcoming atmosphere created thanks to the traditional setting of talented entertainers and warm ones. Every Wednesday and Friday after the Auto Reviews and Auto Shows that are shown in the TV, customers are invited to sing accompanied by mandolin and guitar, traditional and popular songs ... Read full Blog post
Ati-atihan in Kalibo Aklan
Ati-atihand origins ccan be traced to 1210 when refugees from Borneo would smear their faces with soot in affectionalte immitation of the Filipino natives The island of Panay in the Visayas is where this particular detail of Philipine history took place sometime ih the late 12th or early 13th century. For centuries hence, it has been commemoratged in one specific place - in Kalibo, the capital ... Read full Blog post
An Aerial fiesta in Clark Pampanga
Its a party in the sky as multi colored hot air balloons piloted ny different pilots from various partso of the world participated in this annual gathering. As early as 5am, the 2,500 hectare aviation complex at Clar Economic Zone in Pampanga was already crammedi with excitement. Clusters of hot air balloon participants busily prepare their own balloons for liftoff as they need to take advantage of ... Read full Blog post