Panama is a small ithsmus nation connecting Central and South America. It is home to the Panama Canal, a waterway which for 100 years has been perhaps the most important transit point for ships, cargo, tankers, and cruises. The Republic of Panama is usually categorized as a transcontinential nation due to its role as a connection between North and South America. An international business center, Panama is the largest economy in Central America after Guatemala and Costa Rica. This country is relatively small (less than the size of South Carolina), with a population of about 3.2 million.
Major cities include:
Panama became a part of Colombia in 1846, a union that lasted until 1903 (Panama, with the help of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, demanded its independence in 1902). In 1989 the U.S. went into Panama and removed the current president, Manuel Noriega. By 1999 the country had regained control of its territory and canal-related buildings.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Panama is part of the "Colon Free Trade Zone", the largest free trade zone in America, which explains the importance of trade in this country. Today Panama's real state business is one of the most successful ones in the continent. This might be the reason why this country is becoming a preferred retirement destination.
Capital: Panama City
Climate: Panama is really hot and humid, as well as very cloudy, and has a long rainy season.
Currency: Balboa - Currently 1 PAB = 1.0000 USD
Languages: Spanish and English.
Power: 110 V to 120 V, 60 Hz
Time Zone: Standard Time -0500 UTC
Tourists will find that Panama is an incredible destination, where a few days won't be enough to see what this country has to offer. Fifteen hundred islands on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, amazing rainforests, places where history meets modernity, as well as a capital with great choices when it comes to nightlife and food, are all at your fingertips.
Seeing the Panama Canal should be numero uno on the list for anyone traveling to Panama. Witness for yourself how it connects the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean.