Bridge of the Americas, Panama

Be Inspired - Panama

Land Tours | Panama City | Colon | Panama Canal Cruises

For most of us, Panama is associated with the Panama Canal and its importance in opening up access from the Atlantic to the Pacific.  The Panama Canal is an astonishing marvel of engineering and a wonder to see…but what are we missing?  

Panama is situated in Central America, is bordered by Costa Rica and Colombia, and is the country in the isthmus that connects North and South America.  It has a tropical climate, though the mountains do see frost.  It has the most diverse wildlife in Central America, supporting species from both North and South America.  

What is it known for?

Beaches  Panama has both beige sandy beaches and black sand beaches, and two coastlines.  The Caribbean side tends to be a bit rainier but is much acclaimed for its lush beauty and small beaches with swimmable shores.  The Pacific side is known for larger waves and surfing.  Options are a good thing!  

Rain forests Explore the rain forest and see the many birds and the wildlife of this ecologically rich region.  You can do a zipline, visit sloths and, a bird- watching tour all the same day!

The city Panama City and its suburbs are very diverse.  The original city, known as Panama Viejo, was settled by the Spanish in the 1500s’ and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ruins not to be missed.  In the 1600s’’s the old city, known as Casco Viejo was formed  - here you can visit charming shops and restaurants while you enjoy colonial architecture.  The new city sports high-rises and the high-end shopping you would expect of Rodeo Drive.  Panama City has become an international center of banking and commerce and as such has a vibrant nightlife scene and great restaurants.  

The Panama Canal  You don’t have to be on a cruise to travel the Panama Canal.  You can do a day excursion via boat through the canal, or you can visit the site and watch from shoreside.  

If you choose to, you can even do a day excursion (it’s a fairly long day) from one ocean to the other!  

All in all, Panama has become known as a diverse and enticing destination.  The climate is warm and the beaches inviting, but they are not all there is to see!  

When to go:  January to mid – April is known to be the driest season, but if you don’t mind rain this is an inviting climate anytime.  Panama is not in what is known as the hurricane belt

Language: Spanish, but English is widely spoken

Currency: Balboa, but the US dollar is widely accepted

Packages & Offers

CruisePlus is proud to offer a wide variety of Panama centric land tours, cruises and cruise packages. Whether you are interested in an extended stay in the Rainforests or Panama Canal shore excursions we have you covered!
7 Night Costa Rica & Panama Canal

7 Night Costa Rica & Panama Canal

Dec 4, 2021
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Windstar Cruises
Oceanview
2658
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Onboard Credit
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All Dining Venues
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non-Alcoholic Beverages
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Zodiac Wet Landings
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Luxury Cruise & Taxes
2021-12-04
December 2021
10 nights or less
Cruise Only
Panama
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9 Day Best of Panama Land Tour

9 Day Best of Panama Land Tour

Sep 4, 2021
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Goway Travel
Tour Only
1879
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CAD
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8 Nights Hotel
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Transfers
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Some meals
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Full Day Guided Tour
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2021-09-04
September 2021
10 nights or less
Land Tour
Panama
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Featured Recipe

Patacones (Fried Green Plantains)

Ingredients: 4 green plantains | vegetable oil | salt | optional: queso blanco
  1. Peel plantains and cut them width wise into 3 or 4 pieces.
  2. Heat 1" of vegetable oil on medium heat until hot.
  3. Fry plantain pieces on both sides for about 3 minutes or until lightly golden.
    When they are golden, remove from pan and place onto a plate covered with a paper towel.
  4. Flatten the fried plantain to 1/4" with as little pressure as possible
  5. Fry until golden brown on both sides
  6. Drain on paper towel and sprinkle with salt
  7. Serve Immediately
  8. Extra touch: add thin queso blanco (salty white cheese) on top or make a quesco blanco dip!