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A large melting pot of American, Caribbean, Indian and Panamanian cultures, Panama makes for a fascinating destination where children can learn about different customs, heritage, backgrounds and ways of life.

Watching the huge tankers negotiate the Panama Canal is a major attraction of any vacation to Panama, as is the opportunity for good wildlife viewing.

Combine all this with the various unique snorkeling and beach options available off both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts; Panama is a wonderfully different choice when planning a family vacation.

Panama family vacation ideas

Start thinking about your experience. These itineraries are simply suggestions for how you could enjoy some of the same experiences as our specialists. They’re just for inspiration, because your trip will be created around your particular tastes.

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Embera Indians. Panama

Embera Indian Village

This tour goes up into the hills outside Panama City to the Chagres river where you transfer with your guide on to an open-top Embera motorized canoe. You zip along the clear river waters by boat through beautiful scenery to visit the small indigenous community of Embera Indians in the Chagres National Park.

Panama Canal, Panama City

Panama City & Canal Tour

The tour of Panama City takes in the Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal, Panama Viejo and Casco Antiguo. The tour begins with a visit to the impressive Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal.

Sea Kayaking, Zapatilla Cayes

Tranquilo Bay Activities

There is a wide range of activities available at Tranquilo Bay. The 'Within the Reef' option includes the use of the lodge's sea kayaks, snorkeling equipment and fishing rods.