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Top Family Vacation Destinations in Panama

Vacation Destinations in PanamaAs a melting pot of Panamanian, Indian, Caribbean, Spanish, and American cultures, Panama is a destination that provides nearly unlimited opportunities for children to learn about different customs and ways of life. With world-class beaches, rivers, mountains, trails, and man-made wonders, Panama also offers plenty of action and adventure.

The top family vacation destinations in Panama deliver the ideal mix of historical perspective, cultural intrigue, and natural beauty. You can get it all by including some or all of the following locations on your overseas family vacation.

Panama City and Canal

A Panama City and canal tour packs an incredible amount of experiences for the whole family into a small window of time.

By hitting a few key locations around Panama City with a bi-lingual guide, you can learn about many interesting modern and historic aspects of Panama’s fascinating capital city. Pack even more lessons into the day by visiting the Panama Canal to learn more about the origins, ongoing development, and economic impact of this man-made wonder.


There are many Panamanian locations that give families a glimpse into the wonders of virtually untouched, pristine landscape. Boquete, a mountainous region in the western part of the country, gives visitors a chance to enjoy all the natural beauty and outdoor action of rural Panama in the comfort of surprisingly pleasant temperatures.

Boquete tours often include hiking, rafting, canopy tours, visits to local hot springs, and much more. The elevation keeps the weather comfortable and moderate, making all these adventures all the more enjoyable for people of all ages.

Rafting Trips

Top Family Vacation Destinations in PanamaAny list of top family vacation destinations in Panama would have to mention the country’s rivers. A rafting trip is a safe, exciting way to explore some of Panama’s most beautiful areas.

From June through March, a Río Grande River rafting trip is a creative option for family groups exploring everything that Coclé Province has to offer. Coclé is Panama’s beach mecca, but it’s also known for El Valle, the mountain village located inside of an inactive volcano crater.

Boqueron River rafting trips also provide long-lasting memories to kids and adults alike. Launching from Panama City, this trip allows vacationers to explore Madden Dam, another triumph of American engineering that is related to the history of the Panama Canal.

Choose Your Family Adventure

With two coastlines stretching hundreds of miles, and countless adventures and learning experiences to discover in between, Panama is an incredibly family-friendly destination.

This list covered only a few of the top family vacation destinations in Panama. Leave us a comment if you had a great Panamanian experience that you’d like to share with other families.

To schedule tours, or to learn more about family vacations in Panama, contact Adventures Panama today!

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Pearl Islands – Adventures Panama

Indigenous peoples populated the Pearl Islands until Spanish Conquistadors discovered the archipelagos’ wealth of pearls in the 1500s. The islands gained new popularity after being featured on the reality television show Survivor. The islands feature lush forests surrounded by white sandy beaches. Contadora Island is the most developed of the Pearl Islands, with several resorts and an airstrip. Visitors can charter private yachts to cruise and explore the islands.

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Isla Taboga – Adventures Panama

Located about 20 kilometers from Panama City, Isla Taboga is Panama’s favorite escape out of the city to bathe in its sandy beaches, ride Jet Ski’s, speed boats and fishing charters. First settled by the Spanish in 1515, Isla Taboga has a charming village with the second-oldest church in the western hemisphere, a few narrow streets with a few restaurants and great views to Panama City from the top of the Island.

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Playa Las Lajas – Adventures Panama

Playa Las Lajas is a beautiful beach that extends for more than 13 km (8 miles) along the Gulf of Chiriqui on the Pacific Coast. With little current and perfect water temperatures, Las Lajas is ideal for swimming and bodysurfing. Rustic shacks and cheap restaurants are clustered on the beach at the end of the road. For now it remains a hidden treasure still undiscovered by the large hotel chains and hordes of tourists.

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Panama – Adventures Panama

Panama City (Spanish: ciudad de Panamá) is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Panama.[2][3] It has a population of 880,691, with a total metro population of 1,440,381,[4] and is located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, in the province of Panama. The city is the political and administrative center of the country, as well as a hub for international banking and commerce.[5] It is considered a “beta-” world city, one of three Central American cities listed in this category.[6] Continue reading Panama – Adventures Panama

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Panama Canal – Adventures Panama

The Panama Canal (Spanish: Canal de Panamá) is a 77.1-kilometre (48 mi) ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. There are locks at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal, 26 metres (85 ft) above sea level. Continue reading Panama Canal – Adventures Panama