Here is 17 Interesting Facts About Panama, a country worth a visit! I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived, but I soon found it to be a cheaper, less touristy version of Costa Rica. As I sat on pristine beaches, loving life, I though I would do some research and find more fun and interesting things about this wonderful place.
Here is what I found.
1.Panama assumed full control of the Panama Canal in 1999, which was previously taken care of by the U.S. troops.
2. Panama is the only place in the world where you can see the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic.
3. At its narrowest distance, only 80 kilometers is the land in Panama, which separates the Atlantic from the Pacific Ocean.
4. Panama has set multi-world records in the area of bird watching and fishing, as it shelters more birds than United States and Canada combined.
5. Panama has the most diversified wildlife of all the countries in Central America. It is home to north as well as South American species.
6. Panama houses over 10,000 different plants species, including 1,200 varieties of orchids, 678 ferns and more than 1,500 varieties of trees.
7. The US Dollar is the official currency and is used for bills but the national currency is called Balboa.
8. Panama is situated south of the hurricane alley, so is generally not affected by tropical storms or hurricanes.
9. Panama has the lowest population in the Central America. Around 70% of the population is a mixture of Europeans and Native Americans. 10. The Panama Canal was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914.
11. Elevation runs from 0 m at the Pacific Ocean to 3,475 m on top of Volcan de Chiriqui.
12. With 5,637 kilometers of coastline and more than 1,518 islands, Panama has more beaches than one can imagine.
13. Panama elected its first female President in 1999 as Mireya Moscoso.
14. Baseball is the most common sports in the country, along with boxing and soccer.
15. Famous Panamanian athletes include the former world light and welter-weight boxing champion Roberto Durán (b.1951) and the former baseball star Rod (Rodney) Carew (b.1945).
16. Most retirees are real estate owners and buyers in Panama and thus, Panama in considered as one of the best locations in the world to retire.
17. Dictator Manuel Noriega was deposed in 1989.