Panama is an amazing place full of historical and geographical importance.
Connecting South America to Central Panama is an incredible destination for a trip full of all kinds of attractions.
Many people are aware thanks to the famous Panama canal connecting the Caribbean sea with the Pacific ocean, but this is only a small part of what makes the country so interesting. As with the Caribbean and Pacific side there are a number of beautiful tropical Islands with stunning beaches and amazing wildlife. You must include several of these Islands to your list during a trip to Panama.
Just a few miles from the Peninsula of Azuero in southern Panama is the island Iguana, a part of the homonymous nature reserve. Most visitors arrive here by boat during a day trip. This is enough to explore all the interesting places on the island. The great coral reef will appeal to lovers of scuba diving, which you can watch here more than 200 species of fish. Away from the coast you can meet humpback whales, eels, eels, or octopus. On the island of Iguana are also popular ornithology, not least because of large colonies of frigate.
The island of Barro Colorado is located in the middle of the Panama canal. It was formed when the waters of the local river was blocked by the dam during construction. Now the island is a nature reserve and stunning tourist destination with unprecedented biodiversity. To visit Isla Barro Colorado you will have to order an official tour. The boat trip starts from the nearby Gamboa. During a walking tour of the island you will be impressed by the bright colors and shades of the local landscape. Get ready to meet here toucans, korallovidnyh litori, large flower meadows and many rare animals, birds and plants in their natural habitat.
The island of Taboga is available during the trip by boat from Panama city. This place also has the historical name of the Island of Flowers. Originally inhabited by Indians Taboga came under Spanish rule in the 16th century, after which it was repeatedly captured by pirates, and then under the British, French and American influence in the 19th and 20th centuries. There are three main reasons to visit Tobago today: beaches, exciting excursions and the Church of the island. Restinga beach is the most popular on the island, offering sandy coastline and pristine sea. You can also visit the second oldest Church in the Western hemisphere, which is still open to the public and holds services. During the excursion to the highest point of the island you will have the opportunity to consider Panama city in the distance.
The Caribbean shoreline is Isla Carenero is one of the Islands the archipelago of Bocas del Toro. This small, narrow island is located near the much larger island of colon. If you want, you can work around the entire perimeter of Isla Carenero in approximately one hour. Despite its size, the island is one of the main surfing destinations in Panama, for which here attracts thousands of athletes. The island is necessary to accommodate the infrastructure, so guests will not have problems finding housing. You can also visit Carenero boat during day trips, enjoying the laid-back atmosphere and relaxed way of life. Carenero can be easily included in the list of the most beautiful Islands in the world.
The Gulf of Chiriqui Islands
In the Bay South of Chiriqui there are plenty of Islands, why this place is called the Bay Islands of Chiriqui. Most of these Islands are uninhabited, although recently, they began everywhere to open luxury resorts. These Panamanian Islands are surrounded by coral reefs with fantastic opportunities for snorkeling and surfing. The island of Boca Chica is covered by rainforest, making it ideal for Hiking. Related the island of Boca Brava and Isla, Palenko is a great place to observe colonies of Howler monkeys in the wild. Numerous boat trips around the Bay of Chiriqui an unforgettable travel experience.
The Island Of Bastimentos
Another island in the archipelago Bocas del Toro Isla Bastimentos. It is a quiet and picturesque destination with no cars and even roads. The only real town – a small settlement of old Bank with a handful of rustic buildings near the coast. One of the biggest advantages of Isla Bastimentos – access to beautiful beaches on the island. Beach wizard – a remote place for seclusion and excellent conditions for surfing. The Red frog beach (Red Frog) – the busiest on the island, where you will find traditional snacks and refreshments.
The Contadora Island
In the Gulf of Mexico is located the archipelago of the Pearl Islands. Many people will recognize these places because they were the main location for the filming of many episodes of “lost” (Lost). The most developed of these Islands is known as Contadora. His Larga beach is considered one of the most beautiful in Panama, thanks to the remains of a shipwrecked ferry, thrown right on the sand. Whale watching – one of the popular activities on Contador. Many visitors also come here to fish.
The largest island in Central America, the island of Coiba, is located South of the Panamanian province of Veraguas. All Cohiba and several surrounding islets form a national Marine Park Coiba. Once Coiba served as a penal colony, and why it was called Devil’s Island. Today he is known primarily for coral reef and abundance of underwater life. The majority of visitors come here throughout the day, pre-book excursions. Among them the most popular snorkeling, diving, or sightseeing. Surfing is another popular sport on Coiba attracting tourists.
Part of the archipelago of Bocas del Toro is Isla colon. The main attraction of the island is its only town called Bocas town. It is easy to explore on foot, visiting several restaurants and souvenir shops at the shoreline. If you want to enjoy the natural beauty of the island, explore the local flora in the Botanical garden Finca Los Monos, or stroll along the beautiful beach of Estrella. In the reserve of dolphins, you can observe these amazing mammals right off the coast. If you still have time to travel by boat, you can pick up tours for Dolphin watching, snorkeling, or fishing.
To the East of the Panama canal and to the North of the isthmus of Panama is the famous San Blas is one of the most beautiful archipelagos of Panama. It consists of more than 300 Islands, although only 50 of populated. The main inhabitants of the Islands of San Blas – the Kuna people, under the control of which is the archipelago. Islands differ from the rest of Panama in many ways, including the language of San Blas called Telekia. During the visit you can admire the colourful local costumes and relax on the beautiful beaches. A tour of the Islands – a great way to see the remote uninhabited Islands of the archipelago.
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