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The Panama Canal is man-made 48-mile waterway that runs through Panama, connecting the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. This stunning passage way was built in 1914 as a shortcut for ships allowing them to travel from the east to the west coast with ease. The Panama Canal is not so much of a destination, but an important gateway connecting Florida with Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico and beyond.
Puerta Limon is the countries most important port, and is a popular stop on a Panama Canal cruise. The area has fascinating architecture and beautiful open air market places where you can pick up traditional craft souvenirs, carved from wood. The area is a big cashew nut grower, so be sure to try cashew wine, which is considered to be a specialty. If you're lucky enough to be in Puerto Limon on or around Columbus Day, you'll experience the biggest event that this city has to offer. With days of wild parties, loud music and massive parades this is a fun time to be in Puerta Limon.
Columbia's 5th largest city vibrant with lots of unique different communities which give the place a real buzz. The city is a heady mix of brand new skyscrapers in the cosmopolitan Bocagrande, and traditional character found in the Old City with it's secret inner walled town. Wonder through the old town at leisure where the streets are simply beautiful, with lush greenery flowing from balconies. Then head back to Bocagrande to enjoy dinner and drinks on the beach at some of the funkiest bars and restaurants around.
Aruba is a gem of an island in the heart of the Caribbean and has the highest number of repeat visitors in the Caribbean. With its spectacular beaches, endless sunshine and plenty of fun activities it's not hard to see why. Aruba attracts wedding parties, honeymooners and families and has plenty to offer everyone. 20% of the island is covered by Arikok National Park, the largest park in the whole of the Caribbean and incredible nature reserve, offering the opportunity to take part in outdoor activities and spot some birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat.
Panama itself is the country which links Central and South America and it hugged by both the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. The country is referred to as an isthmus – a narrow strip of land which connects two larger areas and has sea on either side. However this isthmus is more than just a passageway. Panama itself is home to rows of beaches and incredible rainforests where you can surf, snorkel, dive and zipline. Or you can head to Panama City for some serious shopping in the cosmopolitan centre.
Peurto Limon has become a huge attraction for eco tourism, with it's incredible national parks, there are plenty of opportunities to discover the natural beauty of Costa Rica. Veragua Rainforest Research and Adventure Park is just 40 minutes from Limon and offers the chance to surf, lounge on the beach, go white water rafting or just sit in a butterfly garden. Feel free to explore alone, or head out on a guided excursion organised by your cruise line
Experience Columbia's true energy when you sample the food, savour the drinks and dance the salsa. Columbian food is all about the flavour, with inspirations from across South American, The Caribbean and beyond you can expect heat, spices and plenty of fresh ingredients. To learn the moves, head to Café Havana – a place favoured by the locals for its strong drinks and live salsa music. The décor is also brilliant, with wood panelled walls and ceiling fans, you'll feel like you've stepped onto the set of a movie.
With the largest national park in the whole of the Caribbean and miles of stunning coast line there are plenty of opportunities to take to the land, sky or sea for an incredible, thrilling adventures. Due to the areas constant trade winds, Aruba has become a famed spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing – if you've never tried it before, this is the place to start. Aruba is also recogonised as one of the top places in the world for scuba diving. Back on the land you've got 7907 acres of national park to explore where you can hire a bike, go or a walk or take a dip in that Natural Pool.
The Panama Canal itself is a sight to behold. As you pass through this manmade waterway, we recommend heading to the top deck to take it all in. The luscious greenery of Panama is visible on either side. You'll also witness the famously large Gatun Locks as they open and close to let the ships pass through. As you glide down the canal, you'll approach the expansive Gatun Lake and then exit through the other side where you'll carry on your journey on your Panama Canal Cruise.
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