Panama Hat?…no, that one is actually made in Ecuador. Panama is where the South American continent connects to North America. It is where the world-famous Panama Canal connects the Pacific with the Caribbean, making it a major hub for international ships. As one can expect, over the years this has made for one of the most diverse populations in the region. Panama’s cultural background is made up of people from indigenous, african and european descent. Its biodiversity is also immense, as it is home to both north-and-south american species. If you are a beach bum, you definitely want to put Panama on your list. With 5,637 kilometers of coastline and over 1,518 islands, Panama has more beaches than one can visit in a lifetime. Whether you’re strolling through the colonial old town of Panama City (the oldest running municipality of the Americas), dancing salsa with the locals, catching the surf break on the Pacific, cruising the Guna Yala islands (a.k.a San Blas Islands) of the Caribbean in a catamaran, in Panama you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable stay.