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6. Hundreds of islands

What makes Panama a unique destination for all those travellers who love to wander off-the-beaten path is the incredible number of unexplored islands that you will find in the country. The San Blas Archipelago, whose beaches rank amongst the most beautiful in the world, is composed of approximately 100 nameless islands, 113 with names and 30 that are entirely made of coral. In Bocas del Toro you will find nine inhabited islands and around 300 tiny islets. On the Pacific side is the Pearl Archipelago, facing Panama City, and smaller famous islands in natural parks like the Island of Coiba.


The Isthmus of Panama is a narrow strip of land at the southernmost end of Central America. It lies between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, while linking North and South America. It also contains the country and canal of the same name. The canal links the aforementioned bodies of water.


An isthmus is a narrow strip of land with water on both sides, that joins two larger bodies of land. The country of Panama is one of several important isthmuses in the world, if not the most important - at least to us -as it is home to the Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific by way of a 48-mile series of locks. The Isthmus of Panama is also a land bridge that connects North and Central America to the continent of South America.

Detailed Map of Panama


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