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Panama At A Glance

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The Republic of Panama is a long narrow strip of land that connects Central and South America.

Bordered on the north by the Caribbean Sea on the east by the Republic of Colombia, on the south by the Pacific Ocean and on the west by the Republic of Costa Rica, the Isthmus of Panama is 50 miles wide at its narrowest point. When at the 11,400 foot summit of the Baru Volcano (Vulcan Baru), one can see the Pacific Ocean to the south and the Caribbean sea to the north.

 

Because the windy, narrow isthmus of land extends from west to east, it is the only place in the world where the sun rises on the Pacific and sets on the Atlantic or Caribbean. Also, because of its location and positioning, Panama is protected on the west by Costa Rica and on the East by Columbia. As a result, hurricanes do not hit Panama and it does not suffer from any other natural disasters.

The Capital of Panama is Panama City, which contains approximately one third of the population of this country of three million Panamanian people. The Government of Panama is a constitutional democracy, the official language is Spanish, and the monetary unit of exchange in Panama, although called the Balboa, is actually the US Dollar.

The average temperature in Panama is 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The rainy season is from May through November, which is considered Panama’s winter, and the dry season is December through April, or summer time.
Tipping is customary in Panama at ten to fifteen perscent of the bill or check.

Foreigners can drive in Panama with a valid foreign drivers license for a period in country of up to 90 days.

 
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