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What the isthmus offers above all is an experience of discovery Whereas competing destinations like the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica have long been crowded by throngs of sun-seekers, Panama offers an off-the-beaten-track feel that many travelers still seek – outside the capital city, that is.
Panama City is the shining gem of Latin American capitals. The skyscrapers, dining scene, shopping and nightlife immediately apparent upon arriving in the capital are often unexpected surprises.
Out in the country side
But upon leaving the metropolitan area, whether to the Caribbean via superhighway (a trip that takes just over an hour from the Pacific side) or by plane or car to the mountain or beach destinations scattered throughout the country, it is immediately apparent to visitors that they are embarked on a voyage of discovery of a very special and blessed nation.
The population of Panama is historically diverse In every city and town in the nine different provinces, people celebrate their unique heritage in their very own ways. Crafts, vernacular, religious ceremonies, folklore and food vary from region to region.
This year, Panama ranked best out of Central and South America in the World Economic Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, beating out better-known tourism neighbor Costa Rica. The report analyzed criteria including environmental sustainability, safety and security, air, tourism, transport, information and communications infrastructure.
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