Many come to see the Panama Canal – an impressive feat of modern engineering – only to discover plenty of other reasons to visit the country that bridges North and South America. Situated between the Caribbean to the north and the Pacific Ocean, it’s no wonder that visitors to Panama enjoy many different watersports like scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing and chartered fishing.
Panama is also home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites including, “Old Panama”, the first Spanish city built in the Pacific and the historic district of Panama City, which was built as a walled city to protect settlers from pirates.
Panama has a tropical climate with high temperatures and high humidity. The rainy season is usually between April and December but can vary. The Pacific side of the country is generally milder in temperature than the Caribbean side. Additionally, light breezes tend to cool the temperatures during nightfall.
It's strategically located on the isthmus that forms the land bridge connecting North and South America. It is home to dense tropical rainforests, hundreds of miles of Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific coastline, millions of acres of national parks, and, of course, the Panama Canal connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The central spine of mountains gives way to beautiful valleys with rivers and lakes. It is 110 miles across at its widest point, and just 37 miles at its narrowest..
Major Holidays & Events
In addition to the customary holidays, Panama traditionally celebrates:
February or March - Carnival & Ash Wednesday
March or April - Good Friday
May 1 - Labour Day
August 15 - Old Panama Day (Panama City only)
November 3, 4, 5, 10 & 25 - Independence, Flag, and Colon Days, the Anniversary of Los Santos Uprising, and Inauguration Day
December 2 & 8 - Independence Day & Mother's Day
Generally, if a national holiday falls on a Sunday, shops and businesses are closed on the following Monday.