There so many fun things to do in Panama that one will hardly know where to begin when visiting the beautiful Central American country. Escape to a life of relaxation among the oceans, palm trees, and scenic coastlines, or try a more adventurous activity such as hiking or sportfishing. Below we list five options for you to check out if you’re planning on taking a trip to Panama.
Grab your fishing rod and get ready for the fight of a lifetime. Deep-sea fishing can be the most exhilarating, exhausting, and rewarding experience. The Gulf of Chiriquí, in particular, is home to many different species of sportfish: yellowfin tuna, blue marlin, Pacific sailfish, and mullet snapper, to name a few. A three-day excursion will give you time to get some sun and catch a world-record fish.
Climb the Barú Volcano
The highest peak in Panama, the Volcán Barú stands 11,401 feet tall. This dormant volcano, which lies within a designated national park, has seven craters that are home to over 250 species of birds, making this a great place for bird-lovers. Hike the challenging Quetzales Trail, which connects the towns of Boquete and Cerro Punta, for the chance to see both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean from the volcano’s summit.
Stay at an Island Resort
The relaxation of island life, sprinkled with modern amenities, makes Panama a hot destination for those who want to spend their vacations unwinding. At popular island retreats such as Isla Palenque Resort, Cala Mia Island Resort on Boca Brava, or Red Frog Beach Resort on Isla Bastimentos, you can swing in a hammock outside your private bungalow before partaking in daily adventures such as whale-watching and sportfishing. With so much history, outdoor activities, and modern conveniences, it’s no wonder people are flocking to the clear blue waters of Panama.
Explore Panamá Viejo
Panama City’s historic district dates back to the 16th century and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded by Spanish conquistador Pedro Arias Dávila, this area is among the oldest European settlements on the Pacific Coast. The centuries-old churches and architecture, which now house trendy coffee shops and restaurants, tell a rich story.
Visit the Panama Canal
You’ll definitely want to see this engineering marvel while you’re in Panama. Construction of the Panama Canal began in 1881 under the direction of France and finished in 1914 with funding from the United States, making it one of largest and most complicated construction projects ever undertaken. When the canal opened, ships could finally pass through Central America rather than go all the way around South America. The U.S. turned over control of the canal to Panama in 1999.