Panama was recently picked as the #1 place to travel to by the New York Times? Why? Panama has a wide variety of world-class attractions: exotic tropical rainforests, stunning mountain refuges, a Caribbean and Pacific Coast with 1500 islands, seven living Indigenous cultures, a Miami-style sophisticated capital city, a vibrant nightlife, Spanish colonial historical sites, world class golfing, diving, sport fishing, and surfing, not to mention that 8th wonder of the world the Panama Canal. Looking for a little retail therapy while you're here? Take a break from the beach and hit the shops! From unique boutiques by the sea to open-air malls, shopping in Panama is as laid-back, friendly and fun as, well, everything else here. It's hard to think of any other destination that has such a variety of attractions close by and so easy to get to.