Central America´s southernmost country may be small – a bit less than Scotland and a good deal less than the U.S. state of South Carolina – but it packs in some fantastic beaches and eco-adventures. But Panama also serves up plenty of history, culture, and urban excitement in the form of its capital, Panama City (pop. nearly 2 million), located in the north of the country between the Pacific Ocean and the rainforest.
This fall marks 500 years since Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa “discovered” the Pacific ocean while traipsing across the isthmus of Panama. That event changed mankind’s concept of...