The canal crosses the Continental Divide and links the Pacific and the Caribbean. It can be visited by boat, or viewed from the locks. There are several national parks on either side of the canal, visited by boat or land -the wildlife here shows very little fear of man since the zone was protected (unintentionally, by US occupation) for nearly a hundred years.
Our preferred accommodation
Lodge/Hosteria - GamboaAn eco-lodge and nature observatory from where you can view the tree canopy from your bedroom.
Country hotel - GamboaLarge, comfortable resort on the edge of Lake Gatún. Swimming pool, numerous restaurants and a wide variety of activities for all ages.
Country hotel - Canal ZoneThis golf resort hotel is set in extensive grounds between two national parks, 20 minutes from Panama City. Their golf course was designed by Jeffrey Myers and is an 18 hole par-72 championship course, overlooking the Culebra Cut and adjacent to the Camino de Cruces National Park. There is a restaurant and a large outdoor infinity pool. The Panama Canal Railway passes through the grounds and the Miraflores locks are a 5 minute drive away.