Most tourists visiting Panama only know the Panama Canal, but forget many other beautiful places.
Known as the “intersection of the Americas”, Panama is not only a geographical point where North America meets South America, but also where the Pacific and Atlantic meet. Here are the top tourist destinations in Panama that tourists should visit.
1. Playa Las Lajas
Playa Las Lajas is a beautiful beach stretching over 13 km (8 miles) along Chiriqui Bay on the Pacific coast. With perfect water temperatures, Las Lajas is the perfect place to swim and surf. In addition, this is also a place very rich in seafood, cheap restaurants grow like mushrooms on the beach tourists enjoy. Currently Playa Las Lajas is still a treasure waiting for visitors to explore.
2. Isla Taboga
Located about 20 km from Panama City, Isla Taboga is the favorite place of Panama people to leave the city to bathe in fine sandy beaches. First settled by the Spanish in 1515, Isla Taboga has a charming village with the second oldest church in the western hemisphere and a few narrow streets with some cheap startling restaurants. In addition, it also has great views of Panama City from the top of the Island.
3. Pearl Islands
Indigenous people resided in the Pearl Islands until the Spanish conqueror discovered the wealth of the archipelago in the 1500s. Both islands are beautiful with lush forests surrounded by beaches. White sandy beach and Pearl became famous after being introduced on reality TV show Survivor. In this archipelago, Contadora Island is the most developed island with several resorts and a small airport. Guests can rent their own yacht for excursions and explore the islands.
4. Amador Causeway
Amador Causeway connects the three islands with the Panama Canal entrance to the mainland. From Causeway, there is a great view into Panama City, and the bridge of America. Many Panamanians like to spend their weekends jogging, cycling or roller skating down Causeway, or taking a meal with drinks at one of the many restaurants and bars in Amador Causeway.
5. Sendero Los Quetzales
Sendero Los Quetzales near the small town of Cerro Punto is one of Panama’s most beautiful trails. The 9 km (5 mile) route starts east of the town and takes about 4 to 7 hours. The trail passes through the high forests of the Parque Nacional Volcán Barú and follows along the Río Caldera with the most romantic and majestic landscapes.