Famous for its canal, at the crossroads of two oceans and two continents, this widely unexplored, narrow little nation offers way more than you could ever imagine.

"At the meeting point of two continents and two oceans, petite Panama is full of wildlife, culture and history, not to mention the most gorgeous tropical beaches. "

The natural beauty is unsurpassed, hosting some of the planet’s most diverse and exotic species of plant- and wildlife.

In the interior you’ll find some of the country’s friendliest people, pristine natural parks and indigenous settlements that still practice centuries-old traditions.

And thanks to its relatively small size, it’s easy to explore the countless climates, cultures and activities in just a single trip.

What you need to know

  • Capital City

    Panama City

  • Time Difference

    GMT -7 hours

  • Best Time to Visit

    December to April

  • Currency

    Panamanian Balboa



Choose from the cream of Panama's finest hotels

  • The Bristol Panama Panama City

    Considered one of Panama City’s most elegant hotels, The Bristol reflects the country’s rich architectural heritage in a magnificently sophisticated atmosphere just moments from the epicentre of Panamanian culture, shopping, dining and nightlife.

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  • American Trade Hotel Panama City

    In the city’s most desirable area, Casco Viejo, Art Deco elegance meets clean-cut current design; where stepping into the swanky lobby with its cool colonial décor is like stepping back into the jazz era.

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  • Isla Palenque Private Island Gulf of Chiriquí

    Get your Robinson Crusoe on at Isla Palenque, one of Panama’s best-kept secrets: an intimate, colour-splashed, 400-acre sustainable private escape in the idyllic Gulf of Chiriquí.

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  • Islas Secas Reserve Lodge Gulf of Chiriquí

    Recharge and reset at this pristine ocean wilderness: an intimate, entirely solar-powered jungle hideout where sustainable, barefoot luxury meets adventure at every turn.

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Inside Knowledge

Creating special moments

  1. Cosmpolitan Capital

    Cosmpolitan Capital

    A city tour checks off all the important highlights: the Miraflores Locks Visitors’ Centre for a fascinating low-down on the famed canal; the iconic Bridge of the Americas for super skyline shots; and extraordinarily scenic sunsets at Amador Causeway.

  2. Pristine Paradise

    Pristine Paradise

    Explore the gorgeous Gulf of Chiriqui National Marine Park: an underrated, mostly undiscovered area of 25 uninhabited islands, beaches and coral reefs, home to cultural richness, friendly people, unique experiences and a host of charming towns.

  3. Colonial Casco Viejo

    Colonial Casco Viejo

    It’s definitely worth spending a little more time getting to know Panama City’s spectacular old town; a hip neighbourhood where cobblestones link boutique hotels with rooftop bars, and crumbled ruins with pirate lore.