Where Tropical Paradise Meets Modern Marvels
See a wonder of the modern world, in Panama City try the world's best coffee in boquete, and relax on idyllic beaches in the Bocas del Toro archipelago.
Panama boasts an unrivalled fusion of natural wonders and modern marvels. Bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the south, Colombia to the east, and Costa Rica to the west, this narrow isthmus is the crucial link connecting Central and South America.
A visit to Panama would be incomplete without marvelling at the extraordinary engineering feat that is the Panama Canal. Often hailed as the Eighth Wonder of the World, this 50-mile-long waterway allows ships to transit from one ocean to another, significantly shortening travel times and connecting global trade routes.
Elsewhere in Panama City, stroll through the historic Casco Viejo district, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where cobblestone streets lead to charming colonial-era architecture and trendy art galleries.
Relax on phenomenal beaches: with coastlines along the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Panama offers an array of stunning beaches catering to all preferences. Along the Caribbean coast, discover the idyllic Bocas del Toro archipelago, where crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and lush rainforests create a tropical paradise perfect for snorkelling and beach hopping. On the Pacific side, unwind on the tranquil shores of Santa Catalina or explore the vibrant beach town of Playa Venao, renowned for its excellent surf breaks.
Tropical rainforests, cloud forests and unique wildlife make up some of Panama's diverse topography. Head to the Gamboa Rainforest and embark on an enchanting jungle adventure. Here, you'll encounter a mesmerizing array of wildlife, including toucans, sloths, and howler monkeys.
Finally, Panama's cultural tapestry is a fusion of indigenous heritage, Spanish influences, and global cosmopolitanism. Engage with local Embera tribes to learn about their customs and traditions or visit the Museum of Contemporary Art to appreciate the nation's artistic creativity.
Panama and Costa Rica Highlights
- Panama City
- San Jose
- Manuel Antonio National Park
- 13 Days
- £6125 PP
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When to go to Panama
Best time to visit Panama
January is part of the dry season, offering pleasant temperatures and ideal beach weather on both coasts. Go snorkelling and diving in Bocas del Toro or explore Panama City's festivals and vibrant nightlife.
Dry season continues, perfect for wildlife spotting in national parks like Soberania. Participate in Carnaval celebrations four days before Ash Wednesday, with colourful parades, music, and “mojaderos” that will spray the crowds with water.
Dry season persists, making it a great time for hiking and exploring volcanic landscapes. Head to Azuero Peninsula for Semana Santa celebrations.
Dry season nears its end, but pleasant weather lingers. Witness sea turtles nesting in Bocas del Toro and Coiba National Park.
Transition to the rainy season begins, with lush landscapes and fewer tourists. For a unique cultural experience try the Foundation Day celebrations in the province of Chiriquí.
Rainy season intensifies, but showers are often short-lived. Visit the San Blas Islands for clear waters and fascinating indigenous culture in a land that entirely governed and managed by the Kuna people.
Rainy season in full swing, ideal for river rafting adventures in Chiriquí. Explore the Embera villages in the Darien Gap and learn about one of Panama’s incredible indigenous cultures.
Rainy season continues, but there’s plenty of adventure to be had. Discover the Panama Canal's engineering marvel and learn about its history. Explore the lush rainforests, teeming with unique wildlife.
Rainy season persists, offering excellent surf conditions on the Pacific coast. Head to Guararé for the Festival de la Mejorana, dedicated to preserving and celebrating all the diverse forms of Panamanian folklore.
Rainy season begins to ease up but not entirely, making it a good time to take in the stunning natural beauty of the country by exploring rainforests and national parks like Soberania and Darien. Experience eco-tours and birdwatching amidst lush landscapes.
Transition to the dry season begins, with less rain and more sun. Enjoy the splendour of magnificent whales breaching the ocean in the Gulf of Chiriquí.
Dry season officially starts, perfect for beach vacations and exploring the Pearl Islands. Visit Bocas Del Toro, San Blas or Santa Catalina. Embrace the festive spirit during Christmas and New Year celebrations.
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