After settling in Panama, I found myself often asked why Amble Resorts chose the up-and-coming locale for its flagship eco-development. I love telling the story of how company president Ben Loomis traveled for months, scouring Central America in search of the perfect place for his revolutionary sustainable design and travel philosophy.
Ben’s time in Panama and his discovery of the island gem of Isla Palenque confirmed in his mind that Panama was the perfect place to host Amble’s premier eco-resort. From its sophisticated capital city to its lush tropical forests, unblemished beaches, and secluded island properties, Panama is making a resplendent debut as one of the world’s foremost travel destinations.
Traveling to Panama is easy — with non-stop flights from many major North American cities (the flight from Miami takes less than three hours). The Republic of Panama has a stable democratic government, a rapidly growing economy and a wealth of natural resources, making it increasingly attractive to adventure tourists, foreign investors, retirees, and Panama real estate and beachfront vacation-seekers.
Panama adventures abound; the small country offers an astonishingly wide array of unique travel experiences. In just one week, visitors can enjoy two different oceans, discover dozens of uninhabited islands, explore mountains and rainforest, visit thriving indigenous tribes, and enjoy vibrant nightlife.
Befitting an isthmus that connects two massive continents, Panama boasts an incredibly diverse collection of flora and fauna – including hundreds of species of butterflies and over 950 species of birds! In the jungles live monkeys, sloths, armadillos, ocelots, foxes, and tapirs, among other species. The ocean is home to whales, dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, and of course, innumerable species of fish. In fact, Panama loosely translated means “land of many fish.”
Panama’s government maintains strong ties with the United States and energetically supports business, development and tourism. The International Monetary Fund applauds the country’s diversified economy and banking system and predicts it to have one of the strongest GDP growth rates in the world for the next several years. Currently undergoing expansion, the Panama Canal continues to drive Panama’s service-based economy and remains one of the most important transportation links in the world. In addition to the country’s strong economic base, Panama’s physical infrastructure, including modern hospitals, airports, and roads, is much more highly developed than that of its Central American neighbors.
While living in Panama I had the chance to meet many North Americans who now call Panama their home. Everyone had their own uniquely personal reasons for making the move, but they all seemed to agree that the transition to life in Panama was an easy one because:
- the US Dollar is used as currency
- many residents speak English
- Panama City is a modern, sophisticated city with active commerce, arts, fashion, and dining — often prompting favorable comparisons to Miami
- Well-known for its excellent medical care, Panama is a popular medical vacation spot. Johns Hopkins manages the modern Hospital Punta Pacifica.
- low crime rate — Panama is considered very safe
- the tropical climate, indigenous cultures, colonial history, and location at a global crossroads make for an eclectic (and delicious) national cuisine
- Panama’s many indigenous tribes continue to thrive, living in the same ancient manner as their ancestors
- the coasts on either side offer world-class sport fishing, surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving
Travel experts agree — Panama is one of the world’s best destinations, promising an abundance of meaningful travel experiences to today’s culturally- and environmentally-conscious travelers.
If you’ve been lucky enough to visit this incredible country, or if you’ve embraced the expatriate life in Panama, we’d love to hear “why Panama” captivates you!