When deciding where to go for your next vacation destination, why not consider visiting Panama? According to travel experts, Panama is one of the best-kept secrets in terms of travel affordability and overall experience. Here are some of the best reasons to put Panama on your travel itinerary!
Panama is a Crossroads
Located between Central and South America, Panama serves as a convenient layover stop for most major airlines. With Costa Rica on one side, Columbia on the other, and surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the weather is warm year-round. The best time to visit Panama is between mid-December and mid-April, which corresponds with the country’s dry season. The rainy season or off-season, which extends from the latter half of April till the first two weeks of December, still offers days with 80-degree temps and 60 degree nights.
Experience Panama City
At the current time, Panama is experiencing a boom in the region. This capital of Panama City is surprisingly modern and boasts many five star hotels and accommodations that are sure to fit almost any budget. Nearly all of the hotels and resorts are well equipped with all the modern conveniences to make you feel comfortable during your stay.
When you do feel like exploring, Panama City has some of the best shopping in all of Central America. The US dollar is considered legal tender here, so you don’t have to bother with exchange rates. You’ll want to be sure to experience some of the spectacularly fresh food that is on offer in this green mecca. Fresh fruits such as mango, pineapple, cantaloupe, coconut, watermelon, and other delights are better than you will find almost anywhere. The food is plentiful and inexpensive so you are sure to get the most out of your dining budget during your stay.
When venturing out, consider hiring a private driver rather than renting a car because Panama City traffic can be overwhelming for visitors. A private driver can get you to places that are inaccessible to tour buses like Ancon Hill, which offers a spectacular view of both the Panama Canal and the city itself.
Gambling as a Division of Panama’s Tourism Industry
Panama has a welcoming atmosphere, especially for tourists who like to enjoy a variety of tourism activities even such as gambling.
Gambling, both land-based and online is perfectly legal in Panama and was accepted as a part of the country’s tourism.
Panamanian natives and tourists enjoy a wide range of gambling activities and facilities in Panama. The casinos are more like amenities of the hotel, rather than the other way around.
If you have a stable internet connection a great gameplay is granted to you. You can play bingo online, for example, slots, poker, or other online games in the comfort of your room after a long day of sightseeing.
In general, live gaming in whatever online casino site is the best thing for those days when you are tired from walking.
This part of Panama City serves as its historic district. Casco Viejo was founded in 1673 after the original settlement of Panama City was destroyed by pirates in the region. These pirates were led by none other than Captain Morgan in 1671 that burned it in search of gold.
While many of the historic buildings in Casco Viejo district are currently under restoration, the district is diverse and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The walls surrounding the district were built to ward off any further attacks by pirates. Casco Viejo is considered a small neighborhood but has more than 900 buildings that house homes and businesses and is where the Presidential Palace is located. As you walk around, you can see the different architectural styles coming from Spain, France, and the United States.
Locals and tourists alike know that the nightlife in Casco Viejo is also as exciting as some of the hot spots you’ll find in downtown Panama City. Spend the night dancing the night away at one of the many clubs you will find in the district.
The Panama Canal
Almost everyone has heard of the Panama Canal, though few people are aware of just how complex it was to construct. Begun in 1881 by the government of France and then completed by work crews in 1914, the canal connects the Atlantic and Caribbean Oceans to the Pacific Ocean and offers greater ease of trade and travel in the region. Expect to spend between 2 and 4 hours watching the boats come through the canal from one of three of the observation decks at the Miraflores Visitor’s Center. You can even enjoy a relaxing lunch at the Atlantic and Pacific Co. restaurant that overlooks the canal locks.
If you want to spend some time on the beach, Panama not only has many white sand beaches along its many miles of coastline, there are lots of Islands to explore, too! There are the San Blas Islands, the Pearl Islands and Isla Colon, to name just a few. All total, Panama has 378 islands within its territory. A short boat trip can offer you the incomparable experience of interacting with some of the indigenous people of Panama, like the Guna and Kuna tribes. Some of the tribes offer tourists the ability to stay for the day for a nominal fee.
From snorkeling to shopping, from jungle hiking to exploring the historical sites and nightlife, Panama is a vacation spot you are sure not to want to miss!