Top 10 Things to Do in Panama

Are you traveling to Panama? Here’s a list of our favorite attractions and the top 10 things to do in Panama as a tourist!

There is a lot to see in this rather small country, and you could visit the capital for a weekend, or explore much of Panama in 8 days.

Panama City

The capital of Panama is home to approximately 1.4 million inhabitants if you include the metropolitan area. Panama is best known for the Panama Canal and for being a tax haven for wealthy people and companies.

But, Panama City has a lot more to offer than this. For example, this is one of the world’s few capitals that have proximity to a rainforest.

Playa las Lajas

Playa las Lajas is a beautiful beach that stretches 13 km along Chiriqui Bay, on the Pacific Coast. There are almost no currents, so the water is perfect for swimming.

Playa las Lajas is an excellent place for both sunbathing, swimming and bodysurfing. And the best thing about this place, it that it’s still a hidden gem, so not many resorts and tourist have still not made their way here.

Isla Taboga

About 20 km outside Panama City lies this idyllic island. Here you can swim and sunbathe on excellent beaches, go for jet ski rides, speedboat trips or go out with fishing boats. The island was colonized in the 1500s, and today still, you can find this charming village on Isla Taboga.

San Bias Islands

In eastern Panama, you’ll find the San Bias Islands, which is the best place to learn about the indigenous Kuna people. Kuna People see these islands as their land and their home but are still very welcoming to visitors if they respect their culture and rules.

San Bias Islands is a real paradise and are definitely one of the highlights in Panama.

Pearl Islands

Before the Spanish conquistadors found this island and discovered the great numbers of pearls, the Pearl Islands were inhabited by the indigenous people. Pearl Islands consist of lush forests, white beaches, and crystal clear waters.

After the TV series Survivor had been broadcasted from here, the islands became, once again, an attractive destination. Contadora Island is the most developed island of Pearl Islands, with its own airstrip and several resorts.

Sendero los Quetzales

Sendero los Quetzales lies near Burg Cerro Punto, and is one of Panama’s most beautiful trails. It begins east of the city and goes through the cloud forest “Parque Nacional Volcan Baru,” and ends in the mountains above Boquete.

Santa Catalina

The international surfing community tried for a long time to hide this paradise. Today, it’s a well-known place that offers world-class surfing. Santa Catalina is located in the Chiriqui Bay and has nothing more to offer than surfing, beaches, and jungle.

If you love being out in nature, then this is one of the top things to do in Panama for you!


Panama’s waters are home to an incredible biodiversity, especially in Coiba’s Marine National Park. Coiba is the largest island in Central America, and in its water lives around 800 marine species. The diving and snorkeling are considered to be one of the best on the Pacific Coast.

Bocas Town

Bocas del Toro is a favorite spot for divers because the water is shallow and suitable for beginners. Besides diving and snorkeling, Bocas del Toro is also known for being a famous tourist attraction. Here come many people each year to walk through the lush rainforest to reach and experience the empty stretches of paradise beaches.


The Panama Canal is still one of the most technical achievements in the country, which makes this canal to one of the top things to do in Panama.

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