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Punta Culebra Nature Center

#41 of 172 things to do in Panama City Features Animals
| Punta Culebra, 3.5 km Amador Causeway, Panama City, 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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“sea cucumbers” (11 reviews)
“sea life” (9 reviews)
“frog exhibit” (7 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
| Punta Culebra, 3.5 km Amador Causeway, Panama City, Panama
+507 212-8793
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Really enjoyed Punta Culebra. Nice walk along the canal with several nice little exhibits. At the end of their peninsula they have a small aquarium building with fresh and salt water tanks. Just outside the door was a sloth taking a nap and a few...More

Thank mdfloyd322
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went with my 3 young children - $5 for adults, $1 for kids. It is a small park with beautiful views. We enjoyed the forest walk - there were signs in English explaining some of the flora and fauna in the forest. We also...More

Thank hsmomtravels
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Nice location at the end of a long road into the sea in Panama City. The park itself is small but has a number of attractions for wildlife lovers including a frog house, aquariums and a couple of woodland walks. We were lucky enough to...More

Thank Ben N
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Very small but informative we loved seeing the animals but I didn't like that the tanks seem very dirty and small mostly for the sharks The have frogs fishes turtles and a sloth Is a nice place to go if u have kids but it...More

1  Thank OntarioAna
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Small gem well worth the stop for an hour. We saw two sloth, anteater, fish, frog house. Enthusiastic employees happy to talk about the animals.

Thank Sue_in_Raleigh
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

$5 for non residents. Saw a two sloths, raccoon, frogs, starfish, iguanas and fish. Run by the Smithosian and they had at least two guides who spoke english. They said they had 15 sloths, we saw two sleeping pretty high up in the trees. Would...More

Thank Nick F
Reviewed 15 February 2017

If you've never seen any of the animals at Punta Culebra, then go. However if you've traveled the carribean, you've seen most of them (sea turtles, frogs, iguanas, nurse sharks), and won't be impressed. The reserve is quite small, so it can all be seen...More

Thank Sunyfl
Reviewed 12 February 2017

This is a bit out of the way on the Causeway but worth a taxi ride. There is a small area of forest / bush in which you can usually find sloths and iguanas. There are some birds but not many when we were there...More

Thank colin49uk
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Not too great. They have sea turtles living in a very small tank. They have a beach which your not allowed to walk on. Good bathrooms though, I have to give them that.

Thank jared p
Reviewed 9 February 2017

I would pretty much echo what AClark625 said - a nice walk along a peninsula and the highlights were seeing a couple of sloths and iguanas. The exhibits seemed designed primarily to be educational for small children and seemed dated and a bit lame.

Thank Tim L
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Is there parking there or nearby?
4 March 2017|
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.
what are the times
11 December 2015|
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!