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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%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“frog exhibit” (9 reviews)
“sea turtles” (9 reviews)
“star fish” (7 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
| 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
"frogs"
in 27 reviews
"tanks"
in 15 reviews
"sloths"
in 61 reviews
"trees"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 9 March 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 4 March 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 20 February 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 14 February 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.

1  Thank MontrealSunlovers
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Reviewed 11 January 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 7 January 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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Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

This a small nature center, with a frog conservation, a few resident sloths and a couple of turtles. Don’t expect anything spectacular. The good thing is that you can get really close to the animals and take nice photos.

1  Thank GlobetrottingSwede
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wildlifeship
15 April 2018|
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Response from MontrealSunlovers | Reviewed this property |
Only saw 1? And could only get picture of afuzzy ball. Actually spotted about 3 in rainforest behind Dreams Playa Bonita. A good 2 1/2 hour trek, beautiful. Got gorgeous pictures of the sloths.
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tamjBK
3 March 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
10 December 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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