Paradise Lost... a Panama Cruise!
Cruise the beautiful beaches of the Pacific and Caribbean
Commonly known as "one if the world's great crossroads," Panama is a curious blend of sophistication, colonial history and remote islands.
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Panama is one of the most modern and progressive tourism destinations in Central America. Although Panama offers a wide variety of attractions and activities, the Panama Canal is perhaps its best-known and most popular attraction. A voyage through the Panama Canal is at the top of the list for thousands of tourists, and those who have completed the trip describe it as one of the most memorable adventures in their lifetime. The Canal is one of the most fascinating places in the world where human ingenuity, and the wonders of nature, come together to connect two great oceans and join the world.
Panama is one of the world's most visitor-friendly countries. It has the highest rating for tourist safety from the prestigious Pinkerton Intelligence Agency. It's people are warm, friendly and unspoiled. Panama has always been an international crossroads and Panamanians are accustomed to meeting people from other lands; English is their second language. Right out of the pages of National Geographic" is the only way to describe the delights of a visit to the communities of Panama's seven living Indian cultures. The simple, fascinating way of life has changed little since the time Columbus discovered America. No tours just adventures! Enjoy hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, jungle trekking, canyoning, rock climbing, indigenous communities, mountain biking, snorkeling and whitewater adventures.
If you love beaches but hate the crowds, Panama is the place for you. "Sun and Sand" in Panama means non-stop picture perfect beaches along 1000 miles of coast on both the Caribbean and the Pacific and more than 1500 islands. Choose from a wide variety of beach venues from all-inclusive resorts and exotic island retreats to simple thatched beachfront cabins. Panama has few rivals in the quantity and quality of it's tourist attractions, including the planets most nature-rich, accessible rainforests, spectacularly beautiful mountains and highlands, historical sites from a rich past as an international crossroads, seven living Indian cultures and a cosmopolitan capital city with a non-stop nightlife.
A great place to start a Panama adventure is in Panama City. Among one of the most vibrant and colourful cities it offers non-stop nightlife, casinos, fine restaurnats, open air cafes and world class shopping. Panama City boasts well priced English bone china, Italian silks, French perfumes, and Irish linens. Swiss watches can be found in the plazas and along the Via Espana, where elegant fashions and jewelry are a mainstay. Panmanians love baseball and there's also horseracing, golf, sailing, waterskiing and powerboating. Don't miss a visit to the tourist facility at Miraflores Locks for close-up look at the Panama Canal in operation.
For a change of pace we recommend a visit to the tiny island of San Blas. Approximately a 30 minute flight from Panama City, San Blas is the home of the Kuna Indians who are famous for their molas - a decorative handsewn applique for their traditional blouse fronts. San Blas also offers unforgettable snorkeling on secluded islands in pristine waters. Even quieter is the ecotourism paradise of Coiba Island south of the city of David. This island is mountainous and concealed in rainforest. Coiba is teeming with life. You are likely to see flocks of macaws and parrots winging along lush green mountainsides. Frigate birds and pelicans gather by the hundreds, diving and feeding on massive schools of sardines along sandy beaches that are frequented more by sea turtles than human beings.
If you're thinking of retirement or a second home in a safe, beautiful, inexpensive place with a modern infrastructure, Panama is the smart choice. Indeed, Panama is ready-made for Americans with a USA style infrastructure, the by-product of the 90 year American presence in the Isthmus.
Modern Maturity, newsletter of American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), ranks one region in Panama among the top four "best places to live abroad" in the world. International Living, identifies Panama and Panama City as the best place in the world for living outside the United States.