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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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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Punta Culebra Nature Center (PCNC) is a non-profit initiative of the...

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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Small but perfectly formed

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Miami, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 in an hour. The staff is very nice and eager to answer questions and give... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 (February in the middle of the day). There are small indoor displays of fish and... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our tour guide, Kevin, included this on our City tour after we had lunch nearby. The attractions are rather limited (a small aquarium, a couple of small pools with starfish, turtles, etc.,) but it's walking around and seeing the sloths in the trees. You have to look hard and it helps to have a guide to help spot them but... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. We are indeed a small scientific education center, but we strive to offer our visitors a warm welcome and a good time. This year we will be adding to our exhibits a wonderful discovery space called Q?rious where we will showcase STRI science at its best. The Team at Punta Culebra Nature Center More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were on a tour and apparently running late because once we reached the institute we had no time to actually see the frogs. The guides were all young and we really couldn't hear them well. They were very proud of the work done there and should be, but the exhibits are lacking. It's not really worth the visit unless... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. We apologize for the inconvenience you experienced during your visit. Your case has been noted for consideration on our future guided tours. We are also making improvements to our exhibits. Please come visit us again and experience our future discovery room where people become scientists while discovering the mysteries of the tropics. Best, The Team... More 

The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our time spend at this sympathic place. It might not show spectacular but what the Smithsonian is able to achieve on its rather limited premisis is quite impressive. We enjoyed the guided presentation on frogs and amphibians, the aquaria with coral reef and fish from the Atlantic as well as Pacific oceans, the sea tortoises, the sharks,... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback! We are glad you enjoyed our little paradise. Hope you come visit us again soon! Best, The Team at Punta Culebra Nature Center More 

Paradise Point, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A small park on one of the islands at the end of the Amador Causeway. Part of the Smithsonian institution research. Natural bush where we saw 3 sloths and a few Iguanas while walking around. Went into the frog display. Played with starfish. Saw turtles in there pool and a shark in his. Best place to go to see sloths... More 

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

Thank you for choosing Punta Culebra Nature Center for your visit. We are glad you experienced the natural wonder that we find in Panama. Please come again! Best, The Team at Punta Culebra Nature Center More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

After checking their website we took a taxi out to the museum which sounded promising. When we arrived a guard told us that it was closed for a week. Apparently no one bothered to update the website which is really annoying especially since the location is not made for just passing by...

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

Thank you for your feedback and your interest in visiting us. We are very sorry we were closed during the time of your visit. Unfortunately due to maintenance and repairs to improve the quality of our infrastructures for our visitors, we had to close Punta Culebra for a week. We informed this on our social media pages and sent email... More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Make sure you ask what time they will provide a visit to the frog exhibit as it is not always open for viewing. We saw the most amazing frogs! This is a nice walk around and gives you a good overview of the research work being conducted in Panama.

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