Holidays - Panama, an Introduction

By: Liam G

Panama has been dubbed as one of the world's friendliest countries, and with a wealth of things to do and tourist attractions, it's surprising to hear that it is a country often overlooked by travellers.

Situated at the heart of Central America, bordering Costa Rica to the north and Columbia to the south, Panama is probably best known for its canal.

The 50 mile long shipping canal joins the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, which has dramatically improved shipping times from the East and West coast. For instance, a ship travelling from New York to San Francisco via the canal travels around 6,000 miles, compared to the 14,000 miles it would travel around Cape Horn.

Today the canal provides passage for over 12,000 vessels a year and there are plans in place to expand it considerably by 2014.

On the Pacific end of the canal lies the countries cosmopolitan capital - Panama City. The main part of the city is comprised of ultra-modern skyscrapers, stylish bars and restaurants where it's possible to dine on world class cuisine. Venturing away from the beautiful bay on which the main part of the city lies, are the ancient and atmospheric ruins of the old city.

Considering the city was the first European Settlement on the pacific, founded in the 16th century, parts of it are considerably well preserved. Outside of the towns and cities, Panama's beauty continues, with its 15 national parks, 10 wildlife sanctuaries and numerous forest reserves.

As Panama has always been an international crossroad, and trade hub, its people are used to meeting people from all corners of the world. This has created a nation of people who are friendly, approachable and more than welcome to offer a helping hand.

Off the mainland, there is an archipelago of about 1,500 islands, which, with their sandy white beaches lapped by crystal clear waters offer visitors the ultimate in seclusion. For the more adventurous, Panama's coast is a paradise for divers, snorkellers and various water sport enthusiasts.

Whatever you want from your holidays, you're sure to find it in one of the many corners of Panama. Too ensure you are getting the best deal on your holidays, then its best to have a look online where you will find an abundance of cheap holidays.

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