Downtown Panama boasts a majestic skyline of glittering steel and glass towers where you’ll find the glitzy shopping malls, upscale eateries and nightlife of Costa del Este, Bella Vista, the Amador Causeway and the Unesco-protected colonial district of Casco Viejo, a mini-Havana that’s fast becoming the city’s cultural hub thanks to ambitious restoration.
Panama’s cosmopolitan capital, Panama City, is the only true First World city in Central America. This shipping and banking center has become a booming metropolis on the international spotlight. The beautifully maintained Pan-American Highway runs the breadth of the country, making travel easy. High-speed Internet and cell coverage are remarkable…as are the power, air, and water quality. For expats from the U.S., Panama is also convenient because the currency is the U.S. dollar. No matter where you’re from, you’re likely to appreciate the fact that there are many English speakers in Panama, especially among the well-trained medical community. Tocumen International Airport, the hub and base of Copa Airlines, makes it easy to fly from Panama to nearly anywhere in the world…often with no layovers.
Panama’s geographical diversity and location, with proximity to North and South America, add a strategic factor to the strong economy and attracting international Investors. In a country roughly the size of South Carolina, you’ll find mountains and beaches within an easy striking distance—no matter where you are in the country. Wake up on the Caribbean and have lunch overlooking the Pacific. The isthmus’ is only 46 miles wide at the countries most narrow sections. Choose your preferred climate, topography, population density and more in Panama’s varied landscape.
Archipelago Las Perlas
The Pearl Islands of Panama is an archipelago that covers approximately 250 small islands of which most are uninhabited. The locals call the islands Islas de las Perlas, a name that dates back from Spanish colonial times. The Spanish Conquistadors discovered the islands in 1503 and gave the Islands its name due to the great amounts of pearls found on them. The Pearl Islands are most famous for their spectacular white sand deserted beaches, scuba diving, marine life (whale watching) and delicate ecosystems. Panamanian law to preserve the life on the islands protects the islands flora and fauna. The Pearl Islands are located in the North Pacific Ocean in the Gulf of Panama. A trip to the Islands is not that far from mainland Panama.
Located only 30 nautical miles from Panama City, guests can choose to arrive via high speed ferry, daily domestic flight, charter boat or private aircraft/helicopter. Isla Contadora is referred to as “The Jewel of the Las Perlas” and proves to be just that! There are no cruise ships here, no high rise hotels, and if it’s not a Holiday… no crowds! This mellow little beach town is unique and has it’s own pace.
Comfortable ease is a perfect description of Contadora. Visiting the island does not mean having to give up the comforts of home. You’ll find a reliable electricity supply, state of the art telecommunications services and an array of accommodations for every budget. Among the highlights of a stay on Contadora, beyond it’s natural beauty, is the gracious hospitality of it’s locals and magnificent cuisine. There is really no town per se, but a main street with the airline office, dive shop and Welcome Center. There are three small supermarkets, a handful of restaurants, police station and island clinic. This island hideaway is the home to 13 magnificent beaches with some of the most alluring swimming and snorkeling spots in all of Panama. The white sand beaches are usually filled with shells and are perfect for the leisurely stroll. The beaches and roadside around the island is lined with tropical forest and swaying coconut palms.