Panama’s physical landscape includes beaches and mountains, islands and forests; its civic landscape covers everything from a cosmopolitan capital city to ultra-basic indigenous villages. Needless to say, there is a broad range of places to visit, which can make it tough to decide where to go. The following destination categories will help you understand your options. One of the best strategies is to decide on one or two destinations and then find supplementary places nearby. It’s not uncommon for travelers to visit three to four destinations in a 7-10 day period. From backpacker beaches to urban bungalows, Panama’s small size makes it easy to sample different locations in a short amount of time.