There are several nature reserves near Panama City, including the Parque Natural Metropolitano and the Centro de Exhibiciones Marinas, which is much more than an aquarium.
here are several nature reserves near Panama City, including the Parque Natural Metropolitano and the Centro de Exhibiciones Marinas, which is much more than an aquarium.
The Panama Canal actually needs nature around it, to serve as a water catchment, so there are many excellent places to enjoy nature in and around Panama City. Along the west side of the canal you will find the Parque Nacional Soberania, and nearby is the amazing Summit botanical gardens and zoo.
Overall, Panama offers everything you would expect from a large city, with the bonuses of low crime, low prices, and beautiful, hurricane-free weather.
Of course, if you're thinking about retiring to Panama
, you want to know what the major cities are like. Even if you choose to live in an area of Panama other than Panama City, the capital (and largest) city determines a lot about the country.
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I have found the Chiriqui province to be central to more central to the natural wonders in Panama. In Boquette, for instance you are sourounded by mountains. One of which is Volcan Baru, the highest point in the country, You can see both oceans on a clear day. There is an 8 month rainy season that peaks in October, so plan around that. There are tours from there to 2 incredible National Parks that offer breathtaking vistas of the jungle canopy and its creatures. There are many resorts to the north on the Caribean. South of there, on the other side of David is the las Lajas district. This is where the Pacific Beaches are. They are stunningly beautiful. See my blog for images.