Panama offers so many sights to see and things to do that it may be hard to decide on an itinerary for your trip. There is a lot to explore and if you’re adventurous, you can leave the country with memories that will last a lifetime. We’ve chosen just ten of the thousands of places to go and activities to get involved in for our 10 ways to make the most of your time in Panama.
Swim in two oceans the same day
Many people aren’t aware that Panama is geographically positioned in between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in a way that makes it possible to take a swim in both oceans on the same day. This would be a feat well worth documenting. You can easily find one of many beach offerings nar the Interamericana highway that runs through Panama City for a swim in the Atlantic Approximately 80 kilometers of landmass separates the two oceans so you can jaunt across to a Pacific beach for sandy white beaches and palm trees for a dip in the warm Pacific.
Enroll in a surfing lesson in Venao
If you’re looking for an adventure, you can travel to thee Pedasi regions where there are more than a dozen beaches. The area is located to the East of Panama. Venao beach is only 40 minutes by car from the Pedasi village and it’s a beach designated for surfing. Here you’ll find surfing instructors who are happy to sign you up for a lesson or two. If surfing isn’t your thing, you could traverse to the Isla Iguana for a fishing tour or eat at the El Sitio inn that sits on the water. If you’re so inclined you can do them all in a day or two.
Take a hike on the Quetzales trail
This is one of the landmark trails located in Panama’s Chiriqui province in the highlands. Once you arrive, you’ll find several different access points that will take put you on the iconic trail. If you take the Boquete entrance, you’ll find plenty of local eateries along the way and if you don’t want’ to go solo, there are plenty of guides that are willing to escort you through the trails and give you some great information about the area.
Put your Scuba skills to the test
If you’re PADI qualified, you can scuba dive underneath the Panama Canal. This is an adventure that you won’t soon forget. The excursion will take you beneath the canal at thee Gatun Lake. Beneath the water, you’ll discover what’s left of the railroads and old communities that were there before the canal was built. These relics tell the story of the history of the area before the Gatun Lake flooded the area when the Canal was being constructed.
Visit the Volcan hot springs
This is another popular activity when in Panama. The Volcan hot springs are located in Chiriqui. You’ll climb to an elevation of 4,200 feet and find quite a few different hot springs in the area. Some are easy to get to and others are a little more difficult, but it’s worth the effort to get to Volcan because of the breathtaking scenery that surrounds them. You’ll be welcome to take a 20 minute soak and if you’re overheated, there’s a old river in close proximity.
Investigate the history and culture through the food
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in Panama’s culture is through the cuisine. When you’re in Panama City, you’ll have access to a variety of restaurant hot spots. Sample authentic Panamanian cuisine offerings that range from a quick snack to a full sixteen course meal prepared by a world-class chef. While you’re at it, don’t forget to sample the beverages and cocktails.
Visit Las Tablas and dance at Carnival
One of the most anticipated parts of a Panamanian vacation is the excitement of the carnivals. Las Tablas holds the number one position for being the best when it comes to amazing parades and street dancing. You’ll see some of the most amazing performances and you’re free to get in on the fun yourself. This is a time for letting your hair down and having a great time with few restrictions.
Tour a bat cave
While this activity may not be for everyone, it you give it a try, you’ll probably like it. Panama is the home of a wondrous selection of biodiversity. You’ll see creatures that you didn’t even know existed. The bat cave is situated teen minutes from Bocas del Toro if you’re traveling by boat. It sits in the Isla Bastimentos. The cave is home to hundreds of bats and you can observe them in your natural habitat, but we have to warn you that there’s a pungent odor from all the guano. It’s more enjoyable when you schedule a guided tour through the Bat Cave, so if you’re feeling brave and adventurous, you can put this on your list of things to do in Panama.
Take a Panama Canal Train tour
The Panama Canal Railway is an iconic and historic railroad that has its roots in history back to the early nineteenth century. This tour will guide you through the canal while supplying interesting facts about the history and creation of the canal. It’s like stepping back in time.
Don’t forget to tour the architecture
Panama City is the place to see some of the most unique architecture in the world. Don’t miss out on seeing some of these novelties for yourself. Some interesting locales include the Biosuseo with its flamboyant colors, and the Miraflores Locks. At the center of the city, a must see is the Revolution Tower which has a corkscrew design. The colonial Casco Viejo is best viewed in the evening, but take your camera or at least a smart phone with a good camera. You’ll want to share the sights with your friends and family.