The most well-known symbols of the
small Latin American country of Panama are unquestionably the Panama Canal and
the Panama hat; however, guests must know that although these are
the first connotations in mind, they are certainly not the only
ones that visitors are left with after a relaxing holiday in this
thriving central land. The sun-kissed country sporting a wealth of
landmarks and a rich culture is a gentle blend of swaying palm
trees, shiny powdery beaches and sapphire waters- an irreproachable
sailing ground for luxury charter mega yachts, luxury charter
catamarans, luxury charter powerboats and luxury charter sailing yachts.
Panama is the southernmost land of
Central America, thus a strategic point on the
world map connecting North and South America and bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, offering
at that superb sailing conditions for yachtsmen from all over the
world. Panama is a dream holiday location boasting a tropical
climate with temperatures ranging from 75 to 85 F during the year
and plenty sunshine all around making it perfect for a charter vacation aboard one of Sunreef Yachts
Charter’s ideal charter yachts.
What makes Panama such a unique
location is its cultural richness vastly contributing to the
region’s ethnic diversity and attracting all the more visitors
throughout the year. Of great geographical importance, Panama is at
the crossroads of two continents and two meaningful waterways and
proudly presenting a varied ethnicity of seven indigenous groups as
well as European settlers, the land is a cultural maze of tradition
and innovation. Aboroginals add to the cultural diversity of Panama
by celebrating ancestral music and dance traditions dating back
many centuries; however, they are above all skilled craftsmen whose
jewelry, costumes like vibrant “molas” of the Kuna tribe, as well
as baskets contribute the most to the melting pot of this friendly,
warm and joyous nation.
Panama’s largest city, the capital
lying at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, is a harmonious
blend of old and new where the cityscape contrasts skyscrapers and
historical monuments. Panama City is home to the highest building
in Latin America, Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower
looking over the city at an impressive altitude of 900 feet. Since
the beginning of the century, Panama has constantly been developing
and is becoming an utter international metropolis.
The modern aspect of Panama City is
contrasted with Casco Viejo or the city’s old district dating back
to the 17th century with a wealth of monuments that were
designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Together with
Panamá Viejo, the architectural vestiges of the original Panama
City founded by the Spanish in 1519, the historical neighborhood of
the country’s capital is a maze of stone pavements and ancient
facades that are successively being restored. The Metropolitan
Cathedral, a gigantic structure built for over a 100 years in the
17th and 18th century, is Panama’s main
catholic temple, while the Heron’s Palace (El Palacio de las
Garzas) is a colonial building housing the governmental office and
residence of the president of the Republic of Panama.
Panama City is paved with a number
of traditional restaurants and cafes located the Casco Viejo.
Charter guests must not miss a visit to one of them to have a
delicious local dinner in an unforgettable colonial ambiance.
Before the 80 km-long Panama Canal
was opened in 1914, navigators crossing the Atlantic Ocean and
wanting to head to the Pacific seas were forced to sail all the way
south through dangerous currents around Cape Horn at the tip of
Tierra del Fuego. With the opening of the Panama Canal by a French
company, the journey was considerably shortened and saved sailors
the trouble of having to cross the turbulent southern American
coast. Shortly after the grand opening, Americans took over the
canal and it came back under Panamanian jurisdiction only recently
While in Panama City, charter
guests should not miss the Panama Canal Museum located on
Independence Plaza exhibiting the passageway’s history and
functioning. There are many ways to discover this man-made passage,
one of them being of course crossing it aboard your luxury charter
mega yacht, your luxury power catamaran or your luxury charter
powerboat. For those on shore, there is the Panama Canal Railway
Company, once a vital means of transportation during the canal’s
construction and now a tourist attraction for passengers wishing to
experience the canal from ashore.
An impressive construction, the
Bridge of the Americas is a road bridge located at the mouth of the
Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. The building of the bridge
was completed in 1962 and at the time, it was the only non-swinging
bridge connecting North and South America until the opening of the
Centennial Bridge in 2004. Of great importance, the bridge heavily
increased road traffic across the canal.
Just 30 miles off the Pacific coast
of Panama near the country’s capital is a group of over 100
picturesque islets that rest mostly inhabited. Pearl Islands, an
archipelago in the Gulf of Panama once home to pearl-diving Indian
kings, is a superb charter destination thanks to its volume of
sailing grounds for your sailing catamaran,
powerboat or mega yacht.
The most notorious island in the
group is Contadora Islands sporting a number of luxury resorts for jet-setters from all over
the world. It is believed to have been used by the Spanish
conquistadors as a stop for taking inventory of treasure before
heading back to the kingdom. Many wealthy Panamanians own mansions
on the island and there are many restaurants, cafes, boutiques to
visit while stretching beaches and balmy turquoise waters attract
water sports enthusiasts.
Isla del Rey, at 90 mi2,
is the biggest island of the archipelago, the biggest town being
San Miguel. This charming settlement is ideal to moor your luxury
charter yacht and explore the town and surrounding exotic forests.
The waters around the islands are abundant in such exotic catches
as marlin, tuna, wahoo, red snapper, mackerel and even dolphins,
but also lobsters, shrimps, oysters and mussels.
Inland Panama has just as many
surprises for charter guests as the coastal regions, one of them
being the western province of Chiriqui, home the country’s highest
peak- the inactive Volcan Baru towering the region at 11,400 ft!
With good visibility, one can be lucky enough to see from its
summit, both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The entire
region is under the Volcan Baru National Park protection program
because of the tropical rainforest being a natural habitat for many
different exotic bird species such as colored-beak toucans or
extremely rare vibrant respendent quetzals. Tropical fauna lovers
will also marvel at different species of beautiful orchids.
Because volcanic soil is
marvelously fertile, the region is known for plush coffeas growing
some of the best coffee beans in the world used to produce Arabica
coffee, one of the most popular kinds among lovers of the black
The autonomous territory of Guna
Yala is located on the North-East of the country and it is
inhabited by one of the indigenous groups in Panama, the Guna,
whose capital is the island settlement El Porvenir. What makes the
region even more spectacular is also an archipelago of close to 400
islands off its coasts, of which only nearly 50 are inhabited. The
San Blas Islands are thus an awe-inspiring charter ground for
guests wishing to explore the Caribbean coast of Panama.
The Kuna Indians are a rather big
community comprising about 50,000 members inhabiting both Panama
and the north of Columbia. These courageous people who gained
independence in 1925 after a 13-year long revolution, are most
remarkable for one particular element of their culture, vibrant
traditional costumes called “molas”. Originally, the Kunas painted
their bodies in vivid colors; however, with the arrival of European
settlers, this important element of their culture was transmitted
onto their clothing.
San Blas Islands are a magnificent
sailing ground during your luxury charter vacation with Sunreef
Yachts Charter. The archipelago is known as Panama’s gold,
sapphire, coral and azure jewel and is an utter tropical paradise
spanning over 100 miles along the Panamanian coast, north of the
The region boasts a multitude of
safe anchorages, plenty of sunshine, plush verdant flora, exotic
fauna and sparkling crystal waters for you to enjoy while plunging
directly from the board of your luxury charter catamaran or
luxury charter mega yacht. Discover the vibrant
coral reefs while snorkeling, diving or testing the water toys available aboard the yacht.
While San Blas is a wonderful haven
to visit, bordering Costa Rica in the north-west is another coastal
territory not to miss during your stay in Panama, the archipelago
of Bocas del Toro. Quaintly located on the coast of the Caribbean
Sea, the islands are also home to the Isla Bastimentos National
Marine Park encompassing a large part of the Bastimentos Island.
The park also protects Zapatilla Cayes as well as waters and
mangroves that surround the main island.
This Caribbean slice of heaven offers not only
beautiful landscapes but above all stunning seascapes that charter
guests will willingly explore while snorkeling or swimming. A
wealth of marine life and omnipresent vibrant corals leaving guests
with unforgettable lifelong memories are the principal reasons why
this region is such a sough-after charter destination in the Caribbean basin.
The northernmost and main island of
the Bocas del Toro archipelago is Colón, also home to the
province’s capital, Bocas del Toro town. The island as well as the
town are among the main tourist attractions in Panama. Not only is
the city’s airport the principal one for international flights but
it is also the hub of the country’s national carrier, the Air
Each guest will be pleased to visit
the island as it exudes local flavor but also boasts modern
facilities and resorts. One of the country’s biggest ports is
located on the island, it is therefore without great surprise that
yachting and boating has developed in the area. Marine lovers from
all over come visit the island boasting waterfront hotels,
restaurants, night clubs and of course, premium beaches and are
never disappointed with the welcoming ambiance felt throughout the
region created by open-hearted, friendly locals.
Thanks to Panama’s strategic
location between two continents, the country’s culinary heritage is
at once very individual and rich. The land possesses an unusual
variety of exotic fruits and vegetables and unique herbs that spice
up traditional dishes and coupled with a diverse population of
African, Spanish and Native American descent, each palate is sure
to be satisfied.
Panamanian cuisine is rather mildly
flavored with such varied ingredients as maize, rice, plantains and
manioc as well as such meats as beef, chicken and pork and a
variety of seafood. Many dishes are made out of corn and include
such meals as tortillas stuffed with fresh vegetables and meat or
empanadas, a bread or pastry made from flour or corn to be stuffed
with meat, cheese or sweet fillings (marmalade or dulce de
Each guest with a sweet tooth must
absolutely not miss the specialty dessert known throughout Latin
America, tres leches cake. This light sponge cake is soaked in
three kinds of milk: evaporated, condensed and whole milk.
A visit to Panama with Sunreef
Yachts Charter aboard one of our luxury charter catamarans or powerboats will leave
guests with long-lasting memories to cherish for a lifetime!