Panama is one of the most attractive destinations in the world. In just one week, you can enjoy two different oceans, experience the mountains and rainforest, learn about native cultures and take advantage of vibrant urban life. Panama means abundance of fish and can also describe Panama’s reputation as a paradise for water sports and eco-tourists alike.
Panama was recently named the country with the most bird species in the world; over 900. Take in the many attractions Panama has to offer, including zip-lining over the jungle, touring the infamous Panama Canal, white water rafting, romantic tours and much, much more.
Considering Panama is a peninsula joining Central and South America, it allows for white and dark sand beaches on either the Pacific or Atlantic Oceans and it also allows for easy travel for the honeymoon,
The Panama Canal
Connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Panama’s most famous attraction is by far the Panama Canal and the best place to view it is at the Miraflores Locks, about 25 minutes from downtown Panama City. You can see the canal from the five-story visitor center, complete with a small museum, a restaurant, and an IMAX theater in a separate building.
Watching an enormous ship, piled high with containers, slipping quietly into the locks is a perfect example of enormity of this great feat of engineering. Taking a boat tour through the canal will give you even more perspective, so step up and take in this amazing attraction.
Kitesurf at Punta Chame
Punta Chame is about 1.5 hours from Panama City, and about 20 minutes from the town of Chame, along the Pan-American Highway. The winds are side on shore and quite consistent from December to April, which is Panama’s dry season. Several kite schools offer lessons, including Machete Kite and Kitesurf Panama, located at opposite ends of the beach.
Visit the National Park of Isla Coiba
One of Santa Catalina’s main draws is Isla Coiba. This lush island, now Coiba National Park, is almost untouched and is considered a biodiversity hot spot, with close to 200 bird species, crocodiles, turtles, and snakes. The scuba diving here is very popular due to the enormous whale sharks that frequent the area. These gentle giants are curious creatures and enjoy interacting with divers. Tours to Isla Coiba can be arranged in Santa Catalina.
Take a stroll through the streets of Casco Viejo
History surrounds you as you stroll through the narrow streets of Casco Viejo, also known as the Old Town. See colorful buildings, historic ruins, and great views out over the bay towards the gleaming towers of modern Panama City. This area is compact, and all the sights are within an easy stroll of one another.
In the evening, the buildings and ruins are creatively lit up, and restaurants set up tables and chairs on the sidewalks. This area is ideal for a romantic getaway, with boutique hotels located in restored buildings dating from the 18th or 19th century.
A passport that is valid for at least three months past the date of entry.
A return ticket to home country or onward destination.
Money – either $500 in cash or its equivalent, or credit card, bank statement, letter of employment or travelers checks.
Certified birth certificates (Authenticated by the Panamanian Consulate in the country from where they are leaving. Then it must be taken to the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores in Panama to be authenticated).
Medical Certificate – issued by a Panamanian doctor within 15 days prior of wedding.
Application: Contact for further instruction
Notice Period: None
Residency Period: None
Waiting Period: 15 days for medical certificate
Fees (US Dollars)
Spanish is the official and primary language of the Latin American country of Panama.
In addition to its Panamanian balboa, Panama accepts the U.S. dollar “at par” (a rate of 1:1). This means that travelers don’t have to worry about exchanging money in foreign airports or dealing with fluctuating exchange rates—making Panama an economical destination, at least for now.