A narrow bridge of land joining North and South America, Panama borders the Carribean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. Panama is most famous for its canal. The Panama Canal transformed world shipping by allowing ships to cut through Central America rather than undertaking the treacherous journey round South America. This impressive engineering feat is sometimes referred to as the "Eighth Wonder of the World".
Panama is safe country with a low crime rate, particularly within the context of Latin America. American presence in Panama during the 20th century means that there is a good infrastucture. The tap water is safe to drink.
Panama has a tropical maritime climate. Tropical rainforests, highland cloud forests, mountains, continuous sandy beaches and over 1500 islands are starting to put Panama firmly on the tourist map. The beaches are not too crowded and there are some first rate diving and snorkelling opportunities. You will find incredible biodiversity in the forests. Panama is particularly famed for its variety of birds. Although Panama is a small country, there are over 10,000 varieties of plant.
Spanish is the official language though English is widely spoken. The currency in Panama is the US dollar.
There are no restricitions on foreigners purchasing property in Panama. Real estate title is registered at the Public Registry.
Panama City is the capital of Panama. The Panama Canal Rainforest and some excellent beaches are very easily accessible from Panama City.
El Valle de Anton sits in the second largest volcano crater in the world. A combination of the climate and the rich volcanic soil mean that growing conditions are excellent and flowers are everywhere.
Dawn in Panama
Panama beach property
Beach huts in Panama