The Canal and Central Panama Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Canal and Central Panama - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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El Valle de Anton 8

Isla Contadora 7

Portobelo 5

Colon 4

Isla Taboga 2

San Lorenzo Protected Area 2

Isla Barro Colorado 2

The Panama Canal 2

Parque Nacional Soberania 1

Playa Santa Clara 1

Parque Nacional Chagres (Chagres National Park) 1

Lago Gatun (Gatun Lake) 1

Gamboa 1

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Nature Preserve/ Wildlife Refuge 4

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Park (National/ State/ Provincial) 4

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Scenic Drive/ Tour 1

Store/ Shop/ Mall 1

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Playa Restinga

  • Beach–Sight

At low- or mid-tide, Playa Restinga is a gorgeous swath of golden sand flanked by calm waters, but at high tide, it disappears. It's...

Playa Santa Clara

  • Beach–Sight

Playa Santa Clara has the same pale sand with swaths of gray dirt as the adjacent, and more famous, Playa Blanca. The sea here is usually...

Playa Suecas

  • Beach–Sight

Hidden in the island's southeast corner, at the end of the road that runs east from Villa Romantica, Playa Sueca (Swedish Beach) is Contadora...

Real Aduana

  • Building/Architectural Site

Near the entrance to Fuerte San Jerónimo is Real Aduana, where servants of the Spanish crown made sure that the king and queen got their...

Refugio Ecológico del Chorro Macho

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

El Valle's most user-friendly forest experience is available at the small, private Refugio Ecológico del Chorro Macho, west of Cerro...

San Pedro

  • Town/Village

One of the country's oldest towns, San Pedro was founded in 1524, though its whitewashed church is the only surviving structure from...

Serpentario Maravillas Tropicales

  • Zoo/Aquarium

A small but educational menagerie can be found at the Serpentario Maravillas Tropicales, an exhibit of a dozen snake species, frogs,...

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

  • Educational Institution

Barro Colorado can be visited on full-day tours run by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), which depart the STRI dock...

The Panama Canal

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

The most interesting spot for viewing the Panama Canal is the visitor center at the Miraflores Locks.North of Miraflores the road to...

Zona Libre de Colón

  • Store/Shop/Mall

Many South American merchants go to Colón to shop at the Zona Libre de Colón (Colón Free Zone), which handles about $6 million worth...

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