Pacific Panama joins South and Central America. It borders Costa Rica to the west and Colombia to the east. At its narrowest point it is only 50 km wide, but has a 1,690 km coast to the south and a 1,150 km Caribbean coastline on its northern shore. It has flat coastal lowlands and two mountain ranges. Rainforests dominate much of the country. There are two seasons here – the dry season from January to mid-April and the rainy season from mid-April to December, with rainfall being heavier on the Caribbean side. Most of the population of Panama lives on or near the Pacific coast.
Panama is known internationally for its 80 km long canal, but it also offers some of the finest snorkelling, bird-watching, and deep-sea fishing in the world, as well as diving, surfing and kayaking.
Panama has an exciting night life filled with casinos, discos, and excellent restaurants and coffee houses.
It also boasts the largest shopping mall in Central America.
A short plane ride from Panama City is Contadora Island, with beautiful white sandy beaches, and great snorkeling and diving
Travel Documents Needed
When travelling outside of your home country you should always have a valid passport. A passport, valid 6 months beyond intended stay, and an ongoing or return ticket are required. Always check with your travel agent regarding current entry requirements.
75,517 sq km (29,157 sq miles)
1 balboa = 100 cents
PANAMA Full name
Republic of Panama
PANAMA Major languages
3.5 million (UN, 2009)