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Punta Culebra Nature Center

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| Punta Culebra, 3.5 km Amador Causeway, Panama City 0801, Panama
+507 212-8793
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Punta Culebra Nature Center (PCNC) is a non-profit initiative of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute that offers visitors an open-air experience focused primarily on tropical sciences and education, research and interpretation of tropical ecosystems.
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  • Very good38%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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“frog exhibit” (9 reviews)
“sea turtles” (9 reviews)
“star fish” (7 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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| Punta Culebra, 3.5 km Amador Causeway, Panama City 0801, Panama
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+507 212-8793
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"frog exhibit"
in 9 reviews
"sea turtles"
in 9 reviews
"star fish"
in 7 reviews
"small aquarium"
in 6 reviews
"nurse sharks"
in 6 reviews
"frog house"
in 3 reviews
"amador causeway"
in 9 reviews
"smithsonian institution"
in 2 reviews
"outdoor exhibits"
in 2 reviews
"several iguanas"
in 2 reviews
"picnic area"
in 2 reviews
"nice walk"
in 5 reviews
"spoke english"
in 2 reviews
"all ages"
in 3 reviews
"frogs"
in 29 reviews
"tanks"
in 15 reviews
"sloths"
in 63 reviews
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Reviewed May 5, 2018

Not a "MUST SEE" place. Good place to learn history and nature about Panama. Outside architecture is unique

Thank AIWIW
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Reviewed April 11, 2018

FROGS!!! SLOTHS!!! lovely setting, amazing approachable staff, cheap entrance, quick little excursion. If you've only got an hour or so this is a good place to visit. Lunch options nearby!

Thank Sherry C
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Reviewed April 9, 2018 via mobile

We absolutely loved this visit and wish we had more than 1 hour there. Amazing views of the ocean with birds resting and gliding. Up close views of sloths, turtles, starfish, fish and frogs. Staff were friendly, knowledgeable and spoke good English. Highly recommend for...More

Thank KitLW
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

Not a lot to really see in this nature center. The fish and turtles were the most interesting. You can touch a star fish. We did see an iguana and a sloth in the walk. If you don’t go you are not missing much.

Thank Born2travel2013
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Reviewed March 9, 2018

Punta Culebra is a nice museum that provides a great learning experience about the nature in Panama It's interesting for all the family

Thank daemonR00t
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Reviewed March 3, 2018

We found the place by an accident. We wanted to get to the docks, where Taboga Express takes off, so we took a taxi. Unfortunately (or fortunately) he first missed the destination, and took us to a dead end behinde a restaurant. It turned to...More

Thank Márk S
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Reviewed February 20, 2018

Our guide suggested this was a great way to see iguana and sloths and other animals indigenous to Panama. We found the indoor exhibit on frogs unremarkable and the outdoor exhibits run-down and cheesy. If you want to see Panama's flora and fauna, this isn't...More

Thank bahamamama2010_10
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Reviewed February 14, 2018

This established by the Smithsonian Museum. A leisurely walk to discover. Sloths in trees. Tortoises, starfish, lionfish, sea creatures, corals. A picturesque overview of rocks into the ocean. Picnic area.

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Reviewed January 11, 2018

Exhibits with live animals were very approachable. The staff is very eager to speak English and share knowledge. I would have liked some info on why the Smithsonian is there and what they have accomplished.

1  Thank Susan S
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Reviewed January 7, 2018

We saw iguanas and sloths in the trees. There were exhibits of turtles, starfish, fish. We did not go in the frog exhibit. We spent about an hour here but could have stayed longer to enjoy the views. We were able to touch a starfish....More

Thank heatherquick
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wildlifeship
April 15, 2018|
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Response from PuntaCulebra | Property representative |
Hi, yes there are sloths living in our center, they are free around the place.
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tamjBK
March 3, 2017|
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Response from PuntaCulebra | Property representative |
Thank you for asking about the our parking here at Punta Culebra we do have parking area inside the center.
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FrostyQueen
December 10, 2015|
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Response from PuntaCulebra | Property representative |
Tuesday-Friday 1:00-5:00pm. Last ticket sold at 4:30. Saturday-Sunday and holidays 10:00am-6:00pm. Last ticket sold at 5:30. We hope to see you soon!
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