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Punta Culebra Nature Center

Marine Exhibition Center | Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #17 of 58 attractions in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Fort Myers, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

way too small, you can finish the trip in 15 minutes, i prefer the Summit better, much bigger better attractions.

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San Francisco, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Mostly outdoor exhibits, saw sea turtle, little sharks. A newer building has several fish tanks inside. There is even a touch pool for kids. Saw sloths in the trees. Good views of the bay and ocean. Be sure to visit when in Amador. To make the most of the taxi fare ($5 each way), combine with a lunch at Mi... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
13 reviews 13 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This is a great place to get away from the bustle of Panama City and see beach, tropical dry forest, and some wildlife. For occupying such a small area, the park really offers a lot. Very easy to get to by taxi or a bus from Albrook terminal leaves every 15 minutes or so.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

I saw a few birds, sloth, iguanas, and the aquariums are okay. It is a nice walk in a well-used forest on the peninsula, but to really see wildlife you need a guide into Soberania National Park. It was nice but not worth two taxi fares + the $5 admission fee.

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I had heard this was a very tiny park/ aquarium, but my kids loved it! We were almost on an island, we saw crabs crawling in the rocks, mangroves growing among some ruins, there were sea turtles and sharks and starfish. We met some curious and friendly raccoons and had the chance to find about twenty sloths hanging from the... More

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

It's small but you leave with the feeling that you've seen a lot. The children love the up close encounters with unique animals such as sloths, racoons, mantray, star fish (there is a fish tank where you can actually touch them). Te staff is very helpful, friendly and well informed. Very nice views of the large cargo ships heading to... More

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Panama City, Panama
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

The small peninsula used to be an artillery position to secure the Canal. Now it's a place of untouched nature, where you can study rainforest, beach and even see and touch a few sea creatures. Whilst the centre tries hard to be also entertaining (quite important for kids) it appears a little run down and poorly maintained. However, it is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

I didn't expect much after reading the reviews of how small it is. I will tell you, it IS small. However, about 3 minutes after we entered, we saw this two-toed sloth that was climbing the branches and he was SUPER close to us. I've never seen a sloth in the wild nor so close as they usually like to... More

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Haslett, Michigan
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

This is a small nature center focused on marine life on Isla Naos on the Amador Causeway. There are exhibits on Panamanian habitats, fish, turtles and birds, and a short film overview. There is also a rocky shore area and tidal beach inhabited by several species of marine crabs. There are a couple of short nature trails through a dry... More

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Staunton, Virginia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I came here specifically because previous reviews said there were sloths...and I was not disappointed! We also saw iguanas and a raccoon as we roamed the grounds. Although this nature center is small, they had a variety of exhibits - a touch tank with sea cucumbers, starfish, and sea urchins and a variety of tanks holding charismatic marine life such... More

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