Panama is a beautiful country in Central America with coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean. It borders Colombia. This connects it to South America. To the north, it borders Costa Rica, which connects it to North America.
This is what the country is most famous for, connecting North and South America. It also controls the Panama Canal which links the North Atlantic Ocean, via the Caribbean Sea, with the North Pacific Ocean. This is one of the most important shipping routes in the world.
Here are some popular destinations in this country. Coiba National Marine Park is great for scuba diving and snorkeling. It is also a great destination to see some of the rarest pelagic species of marine life in the world.
La Amistad International Park is Panama’s second largest park, covering over 850 square miles. It is a bi-national park which stretches to the Costa Rican side. Amistad means friendship in Spanish. So, it was created to promote friendship between the two countries.
Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí is in the Gulf of Chiriqui. There are dozens of small islands and islets, including Boca Brava, Isla Palenque, and Islas Secas. The area has some of the best sports fishing and whale watching in the region, as well as several resorts and boutique hotels.
El Valle is a charming little town nestled in the second biggest inhabited volcanic caldera in the world. Volcan Barú National Park has Panama’s highest peak at 11,401 feet. Miraflores Locks is a good place to view the ships rising and falling as they pass through the Panama Canal. Taboga, Pearl Islands, and San Blas Islands are great attractions.
The currency of the country is Balboa. The exchange is available at the bank in Tocumen International Airport and in exchange houses, mostly in Panama City. However, the US dollars are also acceptable. Credit cards are accepted in large hotel facilities and restaurants. Also, many islands, such as Isla de Coiba and Isla Contadora, have neither banks nor ATMs, so you need to have cash on you.
You can rent a car in Panama City and Tocumen airport. However, you need to be at least 23 years old to do that. Cars drive on the right side of the road. Also, although roads in Panama are in good condition, you should still be careful. Drivers in the country are rather reckless.
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July 11, 2016 12:00 am 2 Comments
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