Panama - A Diverse Destination in Central America
Panama is a vibrant country in Central America which boasts coastlines on the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean. Panama itself controls the famous Panama Canal, one of the most important shipping routes in the world. Panama holidays are perfect for families, couples and older travellers looking to explore one of the most spectacular countries in the world. The country itself has a wide range of tourist amenities and facilities however the majority of the country is largely unexplored by tourists. Visitors can explore the untouched countryside, secluded beaches and tropical regions whilst enjoying a holiday in Panama. Panama is home to around 15 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries including the impressive Parque Nacional Darien which is close to Panama City. Along with the diverse natural landscapes Panama boasts golden beaches and a range of exciting sports and leisure facilities for visitors to explore.
Panama hotels range from luxurious to basic with something to suit all holiday budgets. Many tourists choose to stay in the bustling Panama City which is home to many high rise hotels and spacious apartment complexes. If you prefer a quieter Panama break there are several smaller towns on the outskirts of the city that offer smaller accommodation choices including B&B’s and holiday cottages.
It is easy to travel around the country with plenty of taxis, buses and local airports with flights to take tourists between the cities and resorts. With many cheap Panama holiday deals available at the moment it is the perfect to explore this lively destination.
Panama - Sightseeing and Activities
From hiking to scuba diving, there is a wide range of things to see and do when you are enjoying a fun filled holiday in Panama. One of the best things about Panama is its diversity, over the course of a holiday you can visit the beach, explore the rugged mountain ranges, discover one of many historic ruins or enjoy the bright lights of a modern city. Those looking to learn more about traditional Panama culture during their break should start with a trip to Panama Viejo, the first city of Panama and the site of many of the ancient ruins that the country boasts. The cultural heart of the country is Casco Antiguo, a UNESCO protected site that is Panama City’s artistic heart hosting the Panama Jazz Festival and the Sobresaltos Dance Festival.
Families enjoying a holiday to Panama can enjoy spending many days out at the fantastic attractions that the country offers. The Coiba National Marine Park is a fantastic place to come face to face with some of the rarest species of the sea. To discover some of the larger species in the underwater world visitors can enjoy whale watching in the Parque Nacional Marino Golfo. Back on dry land there are plenty of activities to enjoy including hiking across the national parks or even taking an exhilarating zip line ride over Panama City. Horseback riding is another popular pastime as is fishing on the Gulf of Chiriqui, one of the best fishing spots in Central America.
Panama - Nightlife and Cuisine
Each of the cities in Panama offers a wide range of cuisines from around the world. Those enjoying a holiday in Panama can expect to find everything from Italian to Mexican and Arabic to Chinese restaurants around the area. One of the most popular dining options is sushi, Panama has some of the best sushi restaurants in the world and the dishes come highly recommended. Of course during Panama holidays it is advised to sample some of the traditional Panamanian cuisine. Some of the staple ingredients include fresh seafood and grilled meat especially beef due to the abundance of cattle farms in the region. Authentic Panama cuisine is influenced by Caribbean flavours to the close proximity of the two countries. Visitors to the country will find that the majority of restaurants offer fair prices with many offering special set menus ideal for families enjoying an all inclusive Panama break.
The nightlife in Panama is varied with plenty of bars to enjoy during your break. Everything from sophisticated cocktail bars to lively taverns are available around the cities. The national drink is ‘beer’ with plenty of locally produced options that are served in venues around the country. Rum is another popular beverage especially white rum white is the national liquor.
Panama - Weather and Climate
Panama has a consistent warm climate all year round partly due to its proximity to the equator. Daytime temperatures stay around the high thirties, dropping only slightly when the sun goes down. The summer is hot and humid with hardly any rainfall which is why it is the most popular time for visitors to enjoy Panama holidays. The winter season is short with a prolonged rainy season; those visiting Panama during this time should make sure that they pack a waterproof. It is important to note that Panama holidays can often coincide with severe storms, make sure that you check the weather forecast before you travel and take notice of any weather warnings that may appear.