Panama Fun Facts

Just booked my ticket to Panama! I've been reading up on the country to prepare for my trip so I wanted to share some fun facts about Panama.
  • Panama has the most varieties of birds anywhere in the world, 900+ including the Fruit Loop bird, the toucan!
  • Panama was the first Latin American country to adopt the U.S. currency as its own.
  • Senator John McCain was born on a military base in Panama. In 1999 all U.S. bases in Panama were closed and our military forces left the country after a 88-year presence until 2009 when Panama reopened 2 American naval bases.
  • The Panama Hat is really made in Ecuador but was shipped from Panama hence it got its name.
  • In Panama, you can swim in the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean in the same day and it's the only place in the world where you can see the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic.
  • Panama City is the only capital city that has a rainforest within the city limits.
  • Panama is slightly smaller than South Carolina.
  • The movie Contraband with Mark Wahlberg was filmed in Panama.
I've already looked up if they have vegetarian restaurants and found out they have the Loving Hut which is a chain that I've been to in NYC. I also bought the white linen pants below a year ago with my next tropical adventure in mind so I'm excited to have them make their debut! In the meantime I think I need a countdown clock to my vacation. Do you ever feel like that too? I guess it would be pretty obnoxious to have a big sign on my desk at work! lol

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