Panama has a great variety of world-class attractions all in close proximity
Panama is only the size of South Carolina- yet it has a great variety of attractions- exotic tropical rainforests, beautiful mountain refuges, Caribbean-style beaches and 1000 islands, seven living Indian cultures, a Miami-style sophisticated capital city, Spanish colonial historical sites, golf, diving, sportfishing, not to mention that 8th wonder of the world and engineering marvel, the Panama Canal. It is hard to think of any other destination in the world that has such a variety of attractions that close and easy to get to.
Panama is safe
A Newsweek magazine article on tourism safety worldwide, Panama received same tourism safety rating as the USA. Panama is one of the safest countries in Latin American for tourists and also for living. For this reason, dozens of American companies are changing their Latin American headquarters to Panama including Dell, Hewitt Packard and Proctor and Gamble. Foreigners in Panama will tell you how safe they feel in Panama compared to any other country in Central America.
Panama has a first-world infrastrucure
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 90 banks, first rate hotels and restaurants and the best shopping in Latin America. The highway infrastructure, medical care, telecommunications and business services are excellent-comparable to the USA as noted in the ARRP's Modern Maturity magazine.
Panama is close
As part of Central America, Panama is just a short plane ride away. There are direct flights from 10 major US cities to Panama City: Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. Newark, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta,Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale.
Panama is tourist friendly
Panamanians are the friendliest people in the world. They are known for their peaceful, get-along and fun loving nature. As a result of the 90 year presence of Americans in the Canal Zone, Panamanians understand and appreciate Americans. Thousands worked with Americans in Panama and studied in the United States. English is also spoken as a second language.
Panama has the US dollar as its currency
The dollar is Panama's currency-a great convenience. That's right! In Panama, there's no need for currency exchange. You don't have to be a mathematical genius to figure out what that meal just cost or how much to tip the bellboy. All your bank accounts and investments are all also in US dollars.
Panama has world-class medical care and a healthy environment
Many Panamanian doctors speak English and are American-trained Major hospitals have medical services on a par with US hospitals. Sanitary conditions are excellent, there is almost none of that tourism scrouge, "Montezuma's Revenge". You can even drink the tap water, a rarity in Latin America. An amazing abundance of fresh and inexpensive fruits and vegetables makes healthy living a pleasure.
Panama is the best place for nature travel and ecotourism today
Panama has the easiest-to-get-to exotic nature in the world. It's position as a narrow land bridge connecting two continents endowed it with some of the worlds' most pristine and bio-diverse rainforests in national parks covering 5 million acres. There is a local saying: "In other countries you have 20 tourists looking at one bird, while in Panama you have one tourist looking at 20 birds." Canopy tours, jungle and mountain trekking, rappelling, birding ,sea kayaking and surfing are world-class.
A key indicator of its bio-diversity: Panama has 944 recorded bird species, more than the U.S. and Canada combined. Importantly, all that great nature is very accessible- some of the best locations are less than an hour from Panama City!
Panama has a wide selection of beaches and island venues and activities
If you love beach vacations but hate the crowds, Panama is the place for you. With two coasts and more than a thousand islands, there is much to choose from for beach vacations from full service resorts to exotic island retreats. See more in Beaches & Islands.
Panama, the affordable exotic destination
Normally this kind of pristine natural beauty comes at a very fancy price. Because Panama has just begun to promote itself as a tourist destination, its prices are still some of the best in exotic travel.
Panama is world-class for adventure
Panama has many choices for both the hard and soft adventure seeker. International experts rave about river running in Panama, including rafting and kayaking. This includes rivers where you can ride 20 sets of rapids in one afternoon. You can take an ocean-to-ocean hike across the Isthmus through dense jungle or live with ancient Indian tribes experiencing their culture. Canyoning, trekking, rapelling, surfing and kayaking are excellent.
Panama has world-class fishing, diving, snorkeling and sailing
One place in Panama, Pinas Bay, holds 170 world fishing records. There are five excellent diving areas: Coiba National Marine Park, the Pearl Islands, Bocas del Toro archipelago, Portobello and for historical diving the Panama Canal.
Panama City is a smart choice for convention and incentive travel
Panama City is a sophisticated and safe city with fascinating and fun things to do nearby. Day trips from Panama City include world-class sportfishing, rainforest adventures, golf, Indian village tours, fascinating historical sites and the Panama Canal.
Panama has no hurricanes or major destructive earthquakes
Panama is even blessed by nature. It is the only country in Central America that is absolutely hurricane-free and has none of the destructive earthquakes that plague its Central American neighbors. Your Panama vacation will never be re-scheduled due to natural events. Your property investment will always be safe from hurricanes and earthquakes.
Panama is Survivor Country
How exotic and interesting is Panama? 14 countries have filmed their Survivor programs in the islands of Bocas del Toro and the Pearl Islands. CBS's Survivor has filmed four series in Panama's Pearl Islands. In no other country did Survivor take place more than once, except Panama.
Panama is also a great place to buy a second home or retire. Read about it here: Why Retire or Buy a Second Home in Panama.