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Punta Culebra Nature Center

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Address: Marine Exhibition Center | Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: 507-212-8793
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Good to see sloths

We visited this center as part of a tour with barefoot panama. The center is small and can easily be seen in 30 minutes. They do have several sloths to see in the trees. They... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this center as part of a tour with barefoot panama. The center is small and can easily be seen in 30 minutes. They do have several sloths to see in the trees. They have some fish, a couple of nurse sharks and several iguanas. If you want to see sloths go here!

Thank Cada51
PuntaCulebra, Program Coordinator at Punta Culebra Nature Center, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, Cada51! In fact, we've taken a census of our sloths, and Culebra has over 20! Some even have adorable little babies now. More 

San Mateo, California
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

I will premise this by saying that the Rana exploration exhibit was closed when I visited, so maybe with that building open the Center would be worth the visit. I also should reveal that I live very close to a world class aquarium in Monterey, CA, so I'm a bit biased. The exhibits here consist of 1) a pool with... More 

Thank snickelfritz76
PuntaCulebra, Coordinator at Punta Culebra Nature Center, responded to this review

We're sorry that you were disappointed with your visit. We did have the frog exhibition closed for a couple of days due to an air conditioning problem, but it has since been fixed and we hope that you will come back to give us another chance. The exhibition is really well-done and features some awesome frogs! More 

Panama City, Panama
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257 reviews
130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Ok for an hour, just 4 small exhibits, it is a shame that there is not a decent aquarium in Panama. This place needs a makeover, and more fish! Went for the ocean month celebration, advertised from 11 am to 4 pm. Arrived at 3 and everything was over. Currently they have a frogs exhibit that is nice. Don't visit... More 

Thank Jeap12
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

if you go to biomuseo you could also visit this place is near by and is has some interesting sealife research institue. also there is a great restaurant before you enter this place los ranchitos tipical panama food and great fried corvina and snapper good price ocena view

Nuremberg, Germany
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55 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

It's a really nice place, outdoor, with a bit of jungle where you can see lots of iguanas, sloths up close, birds of course. They have water tanks where you can touch starfish, sea urchins, etc. They have a little frog exhibit, fish as well, tortoises and cat sharks. It's just a small place but it's amazing to walk a... More 

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san francisco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I give this five stars, not because of the exhibits, which are just okay, but because of the sloths in the trees here. If you want to see sloths up close, this is the place to go. There are also huge iguanas in the trees, but they aren't as cool as the sloths. While there, we saw four, including a... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Another great visit in Ciudad de Panama: beautiful location, good for birdwatching, walking, great views of the entrance to the Panama Canal. and boats and ships sailing by.

Thank Ivete R
Escazu, Costa Rica
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The place is a little hidden into Amador Causeway and it's small entrance sometimes can get you lost to get there, however if you like to check some animals that you can normally only see if you did Scuba Diving or watching an Animal Planet series; you get to see them face to face there. Turtles, a lot of crazy... More 

Thank DaJoVa
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I filled my 3yo daughter of expectations according to what I had read about the Starfish, Sharks, Turtles and Stingrays... Very dissapointed to discover there was far less of what I wanted to find, just two or three turtles, one stingray, like three starfish... Maybe for one moment it was my mistake to give the name "Smithsonian" too much credit... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

beautiful location on the amador causeway, iguana wandering around, mother sloth in the tree, small but good informational display of various frogs, hands on tide pool animal. nature trail. beach wtih large number pelican. comorants. need to expain auquarium

Thank jean c

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