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Bocas del Toro in Panama named as Top Destination in 2016 by Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure Magazine has named Bocas del Toro in Central America as the top travel destination for 2016. The collection of nine islands in Panama boasts secret beaches, sparkling lagoons, tropical rainforests, thriving coral reefs, and vast savannas, making it a hotspot for nature-loving holidaymakers.

Bocas del Toro in Panama named as Top Destination in 2016 by Travel + Leisure

Bocas del Toro has been named as the top travel destination for 2016 by editors of Travel + Leisure Magazine.

The archipelago is made up of nine islands in Panama, and is relatively unknown as a tourist destination, but that's set to change as the travel magazine highlights its stunning natural landscapes.

Described by Travel + Leisure magazine as a destination with:

"... dense tropical rain forests, wide savannas, coral reefs bursting with aquatic life, and delightfully deserted beaches."

The islands were chosen by the magazine's editors after reaching a number of requirements including geopolitical factors and places that are under the radar.

The tourist office in Bocas del Toro states that the islands are home to secret beaches, hidden lagoons, top surf spots and verdant rainforests, making it a perfect destination for nature-lovers.

Located just a one-hour flight from Panama City and San Jose in Costa Rica, Bocas del Toro is described as being:

"Home to some of the purest natural beauty in Latin America."

The magazine's list of Best Places to Travel in 2016 include Guadalajara in Mexico, Richmond, Virginia in the USA, Lille in France, and Iran.

Panama is a country in Central America that is home to the famous Panama Canal which is more than 100 years old. One of the country's main attractions, the Panama Canal is 77 kilometres long and connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The locks at each end of the canal lift the ships to the Lake Gatun, an artificial lake that was created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal. The lake acts a reservoir of water for the operation of the locks and it carries ships for 33 kilometres along their journey of the canal.

The country's capital, Panama City, is a vibrant hub with the historic Casco Viejo neighbourhood that was founded in 1671, following the dismissal of the original Spanish settlement by the British pirate, Henry Morgan. While the modern side of Panama City boasts a modern skyline similar to Dubai, the historic neighbour is a blend of Old Havana and the French Quarter in New Orleans, with a splash of Art Deco.

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