A small tropical country at the bridge between Central and South America, Panama is emerging as a top vacation destination as more people learn about the country's interesting cities, pristine beaches, and well-preserved jungle. If you've been looking for a truly secluded beach destination, check out Panama's Caribbean coast, where many white sand shores are virtually undiscovered by tourists. On the other side of the country, Panama's Pacific coast offers great surf breaks, long stretches of sand, and numerous pristine islands, perfect for adventurous vacationers. Among the many tempting options, the tropical Pearl Islands are a gorgeous and largely uninhabited string of islets, located just off the coast in Panama's Pacific waters. The country is also filled with national parks and wildlife preserves, boasting ample biodiversity. Head out to the jungle to enjoy unforgettable hikes, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, and bird watching expeditions.
If you are planning a trip to this Central American country, check out the following sites:
-Panama City: Built along the famous Panama Canal, this capital city is clean, cosmopolitan, and comfortable with a large expatriate population and an interesting historic district.
-Bocas del Toro: A paradise of surf and sky, this archipelago of islands and reefs is one of Panama's most beloved destinations.
-Boquete: The Chiriqui Highlands are filled with pristine cloud forests and pretty towns like Boquete, where you can see interesting species of birds and wildlife, as well as Panama's coffee growing industry.
-Santa Catalina: Offering one of the best breaks in Central America, Santa Catalina is a laid-back beach town and surfer's haven.
-Comarca de Kuna Yala: Overseen by the Kula people, this archipelago of more than 300 islands is a paradise of white sand and Caribbean Sea.
-La Amistad: This amazing natural park spans the border between Costa Rica and Panama, boasting hundreds of bird, plant, and wildlife species.
Panama's quiet and secluded beaches are a great place to find an affordable and luxurious vacation rental. If you want a private villa or beach house with views of the sea, check out Panama's islands and bays along the Caribbean coast. Those spending time in Panama City should look for an apartment rental or condo in the Casco Viejo neighborhood, one of the most beautiful historic districts in Latin America.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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