With so much to do and see in Panama, there’s never a dull moment. Panama is packed with personality and offers a world to discover with astonishing natural wonders, including 1,000 miles of coastline, vibrant cities, historical sites, friendly people, rich native culture, plus that must-see attraction, the world-famous Panama Canal.
Brimming with history and poised for the future, Panama is the perfect meeting and incentive destination for all types of groups, mostly because it can satisfy on so many levels. Made up of nine provinces and five indigenous territories, the country is home to a variety of microclimates, mountains, rainforests, volcanoes and cloud forests. Panama is not only tropical by nature, but is considered a hot destination in more ways than one. It is consistently featured on top travel lists and was recently ranked by the New York Times Travel section as one of The 45 Places to Go in 2012. Getting there is a breeze, too, with easy airlift options to Panama from the U.S. and Canada.
Reflecting its mix of business and leisure visitors, Panama offers a fine collection of 18-hole, championship courses that lie just outside the capital or not far away along the Pacific Coast. For those who’d rather get their thrills on the water, its two-ocean coasts, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, boast world-class sport fishing, surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving. On land, it’s a flora and fauna delight with 972 different species of birds and 1,200 species of orchids thriving in lush tropical forests.
Plus, there’s never a shortage of accommodations with a variety to choose from depending on a group’s needs — from world-class and boutique hotels to luxury eco lodges, private villas and beachside resorts. A modern infrastructure, the largest convention center in Central America, and many state-of-the-art centers inside hotels large and small, afford reliability and easy accessibility for meetings and conventions groups.
With so much to offer, planners and their guests are discovering that Panama is a many-splendored destination.