Panama has become, in this 2012, a fashionable destination. Its rich and varied culture, native fauna and flora and the diversity of landscapes and possibilities that the country offers to all types of tourists and pocket books make Panama a destination with an enormous magnetism and full of secrets to discover.

Waves at Venao Beach are the biggest attraction in the region of Pedasí, Los Santos province. They are so high and so famous that they attract international events like the World competition for Youth Surf by the International Surfing Association. That has made hotel rooms in and around Pedasí always be full.

 

Bocas del Toro is a stunning archipelago set in the Caribbean sea, that seduces visitors by its combination of exotic marine species, coral reefs and beaches with crystalline turquoise waters. Located in northwestern Panama, next to Costa Rica, it joins nine islands, in addition to two hundred islets and fifty cays. The most popular and trafficked is Colón Island, with the city of Bocas, capital of the province that shares the same name.

 

 

Laury-Anne CHOLEZ

To raise awareness of the country's natural and cultural wealth, Panama presented from March 30 and April 1, 2012 in the Natural Destinations fair. The country also organized a gastronomic event on Thursday, March 29 in the Chocolate Museum in Paris. 

 

By Dafydd Young      

April 26 to May 2 is going to be a busy time for Panama film buffs as they try to figure out how many of the 50 films from around the world they can see at the first staging of the International Film Festival (IFF).

The Festival has released a list of 50 films that will be screened over the week. They include entries from Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Portugal and Argentina that have already received awards at at some of the most prestigious film festivals including Cannes, Toronto, Sundance and San Sebastian.