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Places To Visit in Panama for Water Sports Enthusiasts and Eco-Tourists

Panama is a southern country in Central America, which is located 622 miles from Ecuador, and it is bordered by Colombia and Costa Rica. It has 12 hours of sunlight and darkness with a slight variation of half an hour between months throughout the year.

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The Pan-American Highway is 19,000 miles stretching from Alaska to Panama, which is the longest highway in the world. This country is bordered by the pacific ocean on one side and the Caribbean sea on another side, which are both connected with the Panama canal, which one of the world’s most important shipping routes.

The infrastructure in Panama is good. It has reliable service for electricity, water, and internet. And the water is portable throughout the country, 60% of electricity is driven by hydropower in the Panama canal, and the internet speed can go as high as 1GB.

10 Best Places to Visit in Panama

  1. Panama Canal
  2. Bocas del Toro
  3. Panama City
  4. Coiba
  5. Santa Catalina
  6. San Blas Island
  7. Boquete
  8. Pearl Island
  9. Amador Causeway
  10. Playa Las Lajas

1. Panama Canal

Panama Canal; Places To Visit in Panama
Panama Canal Cruises Vacations

The Panama Canal is one of the world’s greatest engineering marvels. Where visitors can take partial or complete crossing of the canal, where it takes 6-8 hours of the crossing.

The Panama Canal has three sets of double locks: 1. Miraflores 2. Pedro Miguel 3. Gatun. Where Miraflores, Pedro Miguel is on the pacific side and the Gatun is on the Atlantic side. Its mesmerizing structure makes this one of the best destination in Panama.

Things to see and do in Panama Canal

  • See the Miraflores lock
  • See the Pedro Miguel lock
  • See the Gatun lock
  • Go for ship travel
  • Explore the nearest railway station of the canal
  • Ocean to ocean Panama canal tour
  • Panama canal sightseeing cruise
  • Panama canal partial northbound direction
  • Panama canal partial southbound direction
  • Tour canal de Panama to horas
  • Panama canal Eco-Cruise and rainforest discovery center

2. Bocas Del Toro

Bocas-Del-Toro; Best places to visit in panama
Bocas Del Toro

Bocas del Toro is the famous tourist town in Panama after Panama city. Many people come to see the canal. It is a favorite spot for scuba divers, and as the divers are shallow, it is particularly suited for beginners.

Bocas del toro was built by the united fruit company in the early 20th century. Here all houses are colorful and full of Caribbean style clapboard houses. This makes this place to be on our list of best places to visit in Panama.

There are a lot of options for surfing Bocas del Toro for beginners and experienced riders alike. If you have a board, bring it, if not, you can rent surfing equipment at the shop.

Things to do in Bocas del Toro

  • Swim with starfish
  • Enjoy Boca del Drago beach
  • Explore Carenero Island
  • Bike to Bluff beach and Mimitimbi
  • Explore Bocas town
  • Visit at Bird Island
  • Explore Cayos Zapatilla
  • Visit Gorgeous Little Isla Zapatillas
  • Chill Out on Starfish Beach
  • Get filthy at Filthy Friday Party
  • Snorkel the Reefs of Bocas del Toro
  • Hop on a Boat to Red Frog Beach
  • Take a tour around Bocas del Toro Archipelago

3. Panama City

Panama city
Panama city

Panama city is the capital and largest city of Panama, which is located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama canal.

One of the best places to visit in Central America is Panama city. When a visitor visits Panama city then there are some famous attractions in the city that you should not miss in your life, the Panama Canal, sightseeing itineraries, exploring the cobblestone streets and colonial buildings of the historic quarter, and Casco Viejo.

Things to do in Panama City

  • Explore the Colonial Old Town of Casco Viejo
  • Try Geisha Coffee
  • Visit the Panama Canal
  • Day Trip to the San Blas Islands
  • Buy a Panama Hat
  • Try Sip Rum at Pedro Mandinga
  • Visit Panama City (the metropolis)
  • Party at Club La Vela
  • Go mini-golfing at Pirate’s Island
  • Experience the Tiki Bar
  • Enjoy the sunset at Runaway Island
  • Try local Panamanian food
  • Learn about Panama’s biodiversity

4. Coiba

Coiba; best places to visit in panama
Coiba Adventurous Scuba Diving Spot

Coiba National Park is a marine reserve off Panama’s Pacific coast, which is located in the Gulf of Chiriqui. Coiba is comprised of groups of 38 islands including Isla Coiba and waters surrounding them and covers approx 430,825 acres.

Coiba was identified by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 2005, and it offers a rich and well-preserved natural resources.

The island of Coiba is the largest island in the park as well as Central America. More than 800 species of marine life are presented in this area. Coiba National Park is known as one of the best places for scuba diving and snorkeling on the pacific coast.

Things to do and see near Coiba National park

  • Whale watching
  • Snorkeling
  • Explore the beaches
  • Trekking and Nature watching
  • Bird watching
  • Sea and river kayaking
  • The penal colony
  • Thermal Springs and Nature Interpretation Trial
  • Trial to the Waterfall at Jungle
  • The Island Granito de Oro (Grain of Gold)

5. Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina
Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina is a small beachside town in Panama, which is known for fishing, surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. The population of Santa Catalina is around 300 people and the expat community of others is 50. Most of the people are only talk in Spanish.

Santa Catalin is Located on the Chiriquí Gulf, the town doesn’t offer a lot in the way of convenience, but it’s beautiful beach surrounded by jungle forests which makes it an ideal destination for those who want to enjoy Panama’s natural beauty.

Things to do in Santa Catalina

  • Take a Waterfront Walk
  • Rent a Golf Cart
  • Go to the Botanical Garden
  • Look Underwater
  • Go On the Water
  • Take a Hike
  • Take an Inland Tour
  • Take a Boat Tour
  • Cataline island casino
  • Explore Starlight beach
  • Descanso beach club

6. San Blas Island

San Blas Island
San Blas Island

The san Blas island is famous to explore the rich culture of Panama’s people, the kuna, and the simple way of life, this is located in eastern Panama. The kuna people view this area as their own but when a visitor visits there then they come to welcome you.

The san Blas island is perfect for sailing, diving, and snorkeling, it is an experience unique to the archipelago of more than 350 islands dotting the Caribbean sea.

Things to do in San Blas Island

  • Explore the Guna Yala
  • Explore the Isla Perro
  • Sailing blue sky Guna Yala
  • Catamaran adventures
  • El Gitano Del Mar El Porvenir
  • Enjoy san Blas
  • San Blas Frontera Carti Tupelo
  • Catamaran Experience El Porvenir
  • Catcher
  • Cruise san Blas
  • Camping and tours Emmanuel

7. Boquete 


Boquete is a small mountain town, which is located in the western-most Province of Chiriqui and it lies on the caldera river in Panama. After the Panama city jazz festival, the annual Boquete jazz festival is the second-largest festival in the country which was founded in 2007. Having renamed Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival, the 2012 festival took place on the first weekend of March.

Boquete is famous for hikes up in the cloud forest to waterfalls, hot springs, and canyons, and adventure activities like zip-lining and Boquete are up in the Panamanian highlands.

Things to see and do in Boquete

  • Visit the coffee plantation of Finca Dos Jefes
  • Check out Boquete’s Tuesday Market
  • Go whitewater rafting on the Chiriqui River
  • Hike on the Quetzal Trail
  • Taste 40 varieties of honey produced at Boquete Bees
  • Listen to the world’s best jazz and blues
  • Explore Zipline at the Boquete Mountain Resort
  • Explore the pipeline trail
  • Explore the rock climbing wall
  • Explore the waterfalls
  • Gobble Up A Strawberry Split At Fresas Mary
  • Hike To The Lost Waterfalls Boquete

8. Pearl Island

Pearl Island
Pearl Island

The pearl islands of Panama are an archipelago, which is located in the Golfo de Panama, which covers around 250 small islands of which most are uninhabited.

Isla Del Ray is the biggest island but the tourist mostly prefers to go the Contadora Island because it offers great resorts, hotels, and an Airport.

Pearl Islands counted as one of the best beaches in the world for its unique white sand and cozy atmosphere.

The pearl islands are famous for their white sand deserted beaches, marine life(whale watching), scuba diving, and delicate ecosystem. The pearl islands cover a large part of the Gulf of Panama and are sheltered from the strong currents and weather conditions of the Pacific Ocean.

Things to do in Pearl Island

  • Whale watching
  • Dolphin watching
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Squad jungle ride
  • Sunbathing on the best beaches
  • Explore all beaches
  • Enjoy nature and wildlife
  • Swimming
  • Fishing

9. Amador Causeway

Amador Causeway
Amador Causeway

Amador causeway connects three islands by the entrance of the Panama canal. From the Amador causeway, there is a good view of Panama City, the pacific ocean, and the bridge of America.

Here many tourists or Panamanians spend their time and weekends jogging, riding a bicycle or rollerblading down the causeway, or having a meal or drink in many restaurants and bars on the island.

Things to do in Amador Causeway

  • Start with a Panamanian breakfast
  • Rent a bike, scooter, or skates
  • Visit the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
  • Explore the Biomuseo
  • View America’s Bridge
  • Take a beach break
  • Catch a unique happy hour
  • Dine outside with the skyline
  • Shop along the promenade
  • Watch the setting sun
  • Taboga Express Fast Ferry
  • Jogging
  • Ride a bicycle

10. Playa Las Lajas

Playa Las Lajas
Playa Las Lajas

Playa las Lajas is a beautiful and popular beach that extends more than 13 km along Panama’s Pacific coast in the Gulf of Chiriqui. The average temperature in Las Lajas is approximately 30 degrees.

Las Lajas is ideal for swimming and long walks along its beach, horse riding, snorkeling and diving, and you can do any other water activities.

Things to do and see in Playa las Lajas

  • Swimming
  • Bodysurfing
  • Explore the beaches
  • Horse riding
  • Snorkeling and diving
  • Check out casa laguna hotel
  • Taste Chiricream
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba diving


When you are planning to visit Panama then there are some famous places which you should not miss. Panama Canal is a famous feat of human engineering, which cuts through its center and linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to create constitutive shipping routes.

You can also do and see the scuba diving, snorkeling, whale watching, kayaking, etc. in Panama. In this capital, Panama City, skyscraper, casino, nightclub contest with colonial building in Casco Viejo district, sightseeing itineraries, exploring the cobblestone streets.

When you go for a tour of this beautiful state, Throughout Panama City, you will find many interesting things to do, and this place has some awesome natural wonders. Here in treknova all we do is just keep you updated with wanderlust stuff from all around the world.

So I hope this blog and information will help you to organize your trip and enjoy it without any stressful situation. Thank you for reading this and please share your experience with us.

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