Every year this Central American country is blessed with a migration of humpback whales from the southern and northern hemispheres. During this migration season of several months, the Pacific coast turns into a sanctuary for thousands of humpback whales. The warm tropical waters also serve as a playground and nursery for whales during the year. As a visitor you can spot whales here from land or from an organized boat tour. Dolphins can also be seen here all year round. Conservation of these majestic animals is one of Panama’s main goals.
Bocas del Toro is the name of a province, a city and an island group in northwestern Panama. This is one of the most popular destinations in the country, thanks in part to its beautiful exotic beaches and pristine islands found just off the coast. A lovely place to enjoy the sun, sea and beach for a few days. The pleasant Bocas Town makes for a suitable base to explore the island, beaches, and waters. Miles of sandy beaches await you. And even though the area is not known as a snorkeling and diving destination, there are some places that are worth exploring under water. Surfing, however, is a very popular sport here.
The province of Chiriqui has everything you would need from a holiday destination. Beautiful beaches on the Pacific Ocean, mountain ranges, fast-flowing rivers, rainforests and it is also home to the impressive and only volcano in Panama, volcano Barú. On clear days you can see both the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean from here. All of this makes the setting of this province unique. The picturesque town of Boquete, known for its parks and coffee plantations, lies to the north of the city of David, which borders Costa Rica. But if you venture out into the Chiriqui highlands, beautiful flowers which bloom all year round await you. This area is also ideal for the adventurous traveller, because there are many outdoor activities available such as rafting, horse riding, and hiking trails.
Isolated from modern Panama, the Azuero Peninsula seems to be frozen in a past with plenty of charm and natural beauty. It is the source of many folklore traditions and home to Panama's finest carnival festivities. These colorful and wild annual events take place in most of the major cities and towns. The Azuero Penisula is a special part of Panama. Here men wear cowboy hats and the Spanish culture is strongest. Villages hold celebrations on the birthdays of village saints and parties are held with music, drinks, and bull riding.
Santa Catalina is a great destination for lovers of water sports. It is one of the best surfing spots in Central America. Most of the locations here are for expert surfers, but there are a number of beaches suitable for beginners as well. The waves around Bocas del Toro are also loved by surfers from all over the world. Thanks to the many bays and different beaches, there is a place for every level, so even if you have never stood on a surfboard before, you can indulge yourself here. As for diving, Coiba island is an unbelievably good destination for dives although it is not easy to get there. You can spot whale sharks, manta rays, frogfish and plenty of reef sharks here.