1. Panama picked # 1 Place to Go by the New York Times
Panama was recently picked as the #1 place to travel to by the New York Times? Why? A small country about the size of South Carolina, Panama has a wide variety of world-class attractions: exotic tropical rainforests, stunning mountain refuges, a Caribbean and Pacific Coast with 1500 islands, seven living Indigenous cultures , a Miami-style sophisticated capital city, a vibrant nightlife, Spanish colonial historical sites, world class golfing, diving, sport fishing, and surfing, not to mention that 8th wonder of the world the Panama Canal. It's hard to think of any other destination that has such a variety of attractions close by and so easy to get to.
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2 .Panama-the affordable exotic destination
Normally the kind of pristine natural beauty Panama offers comes with a hefty price tag. However, because Panama is a relatively new destination, its prices are some of the best in in he Americas. Within Panama City, taxis and meals and hotel prices in all categories are very reasonable. Surveys show Panama City to be one of the ten least expensive capital cities in the world.
3. Panama is Safe
For tourists Panama is one of the safest countries in Latin America. You won't have to be on your guard for pick-pockets or purse snatchers like elsewhere. Foreign residents will tell you how safe they feel in Panama compared to other countries in the region..
4. Panama is Tourist Friendly
Panamanians are some of the friendliest people in the world and most of them speak at least some English. Panama is an international crossroads so Panamanians understand, appreciate and enjoy Americans and foreigners. Panama also uses the U.S. dollar as currency, so you won't have to be a mathematical genius to figure out what that meal just cost..
5. Panama is an ecotourism paradise
Panama has the most accessible exotic nature in the world. For example, the Panama Canal Rainforest is one hour from the international airport. As a narrow land bridge connecting two continents, it has national parks covering 5 million acres. There's saying: "In other countries you have 20 tourists looking at one bird, while in Panama you have one tourist looking at 20 birds." A key indicator of its bio-diversity: 944 recorded bird species, more than the U.S. and Canada combined.
Panama City itself has the only rainforest within city limits in the world- the Metropolitan Park. Pipeline Road, just outside Panama City has a world record of 350 bird species counted in one day.
6. Panama has a first world infrastructure
Panama has a first-world infrastructure starting with a US style capital city with high speed internet, the second largest Free Trade Zone in the world, a banking sector with 100 banks, tap water you can drink., first rate hotels, restaurants and the best shopping in Latin America. The highway infrastructure, medical care, telecommunications and business services are excellent-comparable to the USA.
7. Panama has some of the best and most accessible places for bird watching and nature experiences.
8. Panama has world-class fishing, diving, snorkeling and sailing.
Panama has world class fishing spots in a number of places on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. One place in Panama, Piñas Bay, holds 170 world fishing records. Panama's abundant marine life also supports five excellent diving and snorkeling areas: Coiba National Marine Park, the Pearl Islands, Bocas del Toro archipelago, Portobello and the Chiriqui Coast.
9. Panama is a great place to visit living indigenous cultures.
Panama has not one, but 6 colorful Indian tribes right out of the pages of National Geographic. Each of them lives in sovereign territories where they preserve their own fascinating culture and way of life. Many live in accessible locations and are happy to share their life and culture with visitors.
10. Panama is world-class for adventure
For both the hard and soft adventure seeker, Panama has world class rafting, kayaking. rapeling, surfing and jungle treks You can take an ocean-to-ocean trek across the Isthmus through dense jungle, live with ancient Indian tribes experiencing their culture or surf on the world famous Santa Catalina beach.
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That's 10 very good reasons. What are you waiting for?
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11. Because of a USA-Panama Free Trade Agreement, expenses for US companies for business meetings and conventions in Panama are tax deductible just as they are in the US.
12.Panama is Top for Retirement Living
.Panama was selected by both Forbes and Business Week as one of the top places in the world to retire. Read more: Why Retire or Buy a Second Home in Panama.
13. Fourteen Direct Flights from US & Canadian Cities
As part of Central America, Panama is a short plane ride away. Fly direct from 14 US cities: Los Angeles ( Copa), New York ( Copa). Washington D.C.( Copa) Newark (Copa). Miami ( American), Houston (United), Dallas (American).,Atlanta (Delta) Chicago ( United,Copa, Newark (United, Copa), Orlando ( Copa) Ft. Lauderdale ( Spirit.) Boston (Copa) & Denver ( Copa).
13. Panama City is a smart choice for conventions and incentive travel
Panama City is a sophisticated safe city with fascinating and fun things to do. It has a scenic bay, a lively nightlife, a beautiful historic district and the Panama Canal Visitor Center. Day trips from Panama City include, rainforest adventures, golf, Indian village tours and a Monkey Island tour.. Your expenses are US tax exempt. See below for more info about this.
14. Panama has USA level sanitary conditions and first class medical care
Sanitary conditions are excellent- there's none of that tourism scourge, "Montezuma's Revenge". You can even drink the tap water, a rarity in Latin America. Major hospitals have medical services on a par with US hospitals. but at a fraction of the cost. . Most Panamanian doctors speak English and many are American-trained.
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