Panama, best known for the Panama Canal, is the middle child among Central America’s popular tourist destinations of Costa Rica and Belize. Families looking for off-the-beaten-path experiences at the beach and in the rainforest head to the blue-green Caribbean waters of Bocas del Toro and the Pearl Islands (made famous by the reality TV show Survivor). For the more adventurous, check out the highlands area of Panama near Boquete for ziplining, white water rafting, horseback riding, mountain climbing and a search for the elusive Quetzal. Fly into Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in the capital of Panama City and begin your family vacation in Panama with a visit to nearby Panama Canal.
Outside of Panama City, family hotels in Panama are comprised of small chains and independently owned motels and resorts.