A Colorful History
Principal Cities & Provinces
Panama City is the country’s capital and the principal commercial center. It lies on the Gulf of Panama in the Pacific Ocean. Colon, the country’s second largest city, is located on the Caribbean Coast. Its economy is dependent on traffic through the Panama Canal and business activity in the Colon Free Trade Zone, the largest trade and commerce duty-free zone in the Americas. Chiriqui is the second most developed province in the country after Panama City. Chiriqui is located on the western coast of the country; its capital is the city of David. Chriqui is a popular tourist destination boasting of its natural beauty and high altitudes like those found in the resort town of Boquete.
Population & Language
The population of Panama is approximately 3.9 million, about 64 percent of which is urban. Spanish is the Official language of the country, but many of the people in Panama City, Colón and other main cities speak English. Most businessmen, top government officials and executive staff are fully bilingual.
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Attractions & Entertainment
From the antique Casco Viejo all the way to the pristine waters of the Archipelago of San Blas, from the Pearl islands in the Pacific to one of Panama’s best known international spots, Bocas del Toro, there are plenty of attractions to be seen and ways to be entertained throughout the entire country.
Here are just a few attractions that Panama City has to offer: A guided city tour on a towering Two-Decker Tour Bus, or an amphibious Aqua Bus, or even a Panama Trolley is a very practical way to hit many sites including the Panama Canal, Casco Viejo, the city’s tallest skyscrapers or even Old Panama known locally as “Panama Viejo” The nightlife in Casco Viejo offers modern nightclubs, pubs, restaurants and even hotels with social areas. Also, other nightlife spots are located in Via Argentina, Zona de la Rumba and El Cangrejo.
The nightlife in Casco Viejo offers modern nightclubs, pubs, restaurants and even hotels with social areas. Also, other nightlife spots are located in Via Argentina, Zona de la Rumba and El Cangrejo.
The islands of the Amador Causeway offer everything from open-air activities like bike riding, jogging, yacht gazing and fine dining.
Panama City is home to numerous delicious restaurants as proven by its top spot on several lists of the best in Latin American cuisine.
Casinos are not in short supply and provide a viable way to spend a Saturday evening with friends for locals and tourists alike.
The rainforest environment of Ancon Hill and the Metropolitan Park offer wonderful views of pristine nature within minutes of the city limits.
A Vibrant Culture
Panama has a rich and diverse cultural heritage. Successive waves of traders, occupiers and colonizers have left their mark. The Panamanian character can be identified by its roots in the European and US legacy of a strong work ethic and powerful ambition, softened by the natural southern tropical temperament. Panamanians are very hospitable and helpful people, exuding the traditional warmth and spontaneity of the region. Christianity plays a major role in the Panamanian culture, with each town and village celebrating the feast day of its patron saint.
Panama offer visitors a unique experience packed with the best of all things in the tropics. Sparkling blue seas, excellent food and a buzzing nightlife have made it a most popular destination.
The variety of daytime activities available in Panama compares favorably with many destinations around the world, despite the small size of the country.
Most of the picture-postcard bays are found in the northern part. With warm temperatures and clear waters around the coast you will certainly enjoy a dip in the Pacific or Caribbean – to swim or to explore the thriving marine life.
Other activities include horseback riding, rainforest trekking and even skydiving.
Panama is home to 940 recorded species of birds and includes habitats for 125 animal species found nowhere else in the world.