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Punta Culebra Nature Center

Address: Marine Exhibition Center | Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: 507-212-8793
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Panama City Sightseeing Tour Including Miraflores...
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Ranked #18 of 59 Attractions in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
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Type: Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
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Houston, Texas
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85 reviews 85 reviews
22 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

A glorious escape from the traffic-clogged city! You’ll find several well-marked nature trails, tanks where you can pet starfish, sea cucumbers, and more, and a large turtle pool where hawksbill and green turtles are very visible. More than a dozen sloths hide in the canopies. In the visitor’s center is a frog exhibit that clearly shows dozens of species. You’ll... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Great vista of the canal and fun interactive displays of local marine life. Worth a trip with the family!

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Panama City, Panama
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84 reviews 84 reviews
34 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Don´t expect a huge modern aquarium. They have very few showcases of fish and turtles and sealife. They have a touch and feel aquarium and around 10 aquariums with fish from the Pacific and the Atlantic. This is a good place to visit if you want to do something with the kids and want to spend an hour top. This... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Children get to see and test what goes on in the ocean. Smithsonian has this nicely preserved considering the gigantic city that now surrounds it.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very worth the visit. The day I had a tour to Punta Culebra in spite of the rain, I could see the canal, the boats arriving and leaving and could eat in a restaurant facing the ocean.

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Escazu, Costa Rica
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Really nice to hold so many varieties of star fish in your bare hands, great looks a many of the sea fauna of the Pacific of Panama and really enjoyable half day tour. Great for kids and nature lovers!

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Fort Myers, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

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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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Atenas, Costa Rica
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29 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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