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When one thinks of paradise, Panama has to be near the top of the list.

In the 90s Costa Rica fast became the chic eco destination for Americans, Canadians and Europeans.  Many expats started buying land and relocating. In the last ten years, a new nirvana was discovered, Panama.

Countries with both beach and jungle are especially appealing. The world is full of small countries where you can view nature and perhaps surf in the same day. Panama fits the bill.

No, You’re not in Miami

The best means of transport in a small to medium-size nation is to drive it. There is nothing is nothing like quenching your thirst for wanderlust than by taking a road trip. With 1,000 miles of coastline, 1,500 islands, close to 1,000 different species of birds, a small population of only three million inhabitants, you will never run out of new adventures in Panama. Eco tourists can view so much within short distances. Panama is slightly smaller than the U.S. state of South Carolina. Panama City with its high towers, and high rise condos may look and feel a bit like Miami, with the hustle and bustle feel of a big city, complete with traffic jams. But beyond the capital lies a paradise to discover. Panama is an easy nation to navigate by car. A small country filled with nature, a new adventure is never far away. Distances are short, with relatively safe roads. You’re never too far from the flora and fauna that makes this country such a precious place on the planet. The crossroads between Central and South America.

The ultra-modern Pan-American Highway is a four lane roadway linking Panama City to Colon, Panama’s second largest city. While bad roads and bad drivers still exists, programs outlined by the government and the department of transit indicate that driving fatalities are decreasing. Improving roads and signage to attract travelers to points of interest is the goal of the government, making Panama easily drivable and accessible to tourists.

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About the Author: Nick Kontis - Travel Expert and Founder of the World Travel List

Nick Kontis started out as a world traveler at an early age traveling back and forth between California and Greece every summer. But it was a backpacking trip around the world at age 24 that proved to be a life changing experience. After traveling by car, train, plane, bike and, boat around the world, it would be this trip of a lifetime that would lead to a life as a travel entrepreneur and world traveler. Nick has been on both radio and television. Featured on Arthur Frommer’s television show, and referred by Lonely Planet writers. Frequently mentioned as the “father of around the world airfares.” Arthur Frommer once said, “If Jules Verne were alive today he would use Nick to go around the world in 80 days.” Nick and his various travel companies have sent over 10,000 people taking their dream trip through airfare discounts of as much as 50% off the airlines published fares. Now Nick promotes travel through his World Travel List and ‘Trip Rambler’ by World Travel List. Having traveled to over 80 countries Nick hopes to inspire others to travel the world. Follow Nick's "passion for travel" on the World Travel List.

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