Panama hosts diverse water bodies that greatly influence its geography, ecology, and economy. These bodies of water provide valuable fishing, transportation, and tourism resources and support rich ecosystems that make Panama a unique and biodiverse destination in the region.
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Bodies of Water of Panama
The Azuero Peninsula is in southern Panama, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Panama. Panama City, the Panamanian capital, is the main urban center on the gulf shore. The Pearl Islands are an archipelago in the Gulf of Panama.
The Gulf of Darién is the southernmost extension of the Caribbean Sea, situated off the northwestern coast of Colombia and the southeastern coast of Panama. The Gulf of Urabá, a long, wide inlet located on the coast of Colombia, is the southernmost portion of the Gulf of Darién.