Santa Isabel Vacations

Visit Santa Isabel, and you'll soon understand why this part of Panama is such a perennial tourist favorite.

Santa Isabel is located some 45 miles (72 kilometers) from Panama City, the national capital.

Try not to limit yourself to Santa Isabel; this region has a treasure trove scenic and cultural attractions which await the savvy traveler. San Blas Islands, is 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the west, and Isla Grande is located 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the east.

An excellent way to truly appreciate a region is by learning about its earlier days. So be sure to visit the fortresses while you are here.

When you hear the call of the wild, do as the locals do and spend the day zip-lining and mountain biking. If your preference is to take it easy while you are on vacation, Panama has some good relaxing activities for you, like sunbathing and bird watching.

Get to the heart of the Panama culture by taking your tastebuds for a tour of the region's restaurants and cafés. Rice as well as plantains are commonly used as part of meals in this area. No journey through this region is complete without ordering a tamales (corn dough rolls) and corvina (baked fish). Enjoy raspados (ice topped with sweet syrup) at the end of your repast. This is a common choice for residents. Balboa is a popular drink here. So head to the nearest drinking establishment, pull up a stool and enjoy it! Visitors who don't drink alcoholic beverages will want to sample resbaladera (chilled barley and rice drink), a regional favorite.

When the time comes to return to your friends at home, you'll be bidding this special place a sad Adiós (farewell).

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