Panama, barely the size of North Carolina, is an isthmus connecting two continents. Located in Central America, Panama is bordered by Costa Rica to the Northwest and Colombia to the Southeast, and both its southern and northern borders being coastline. The Pacific Ocean is to the South and the Caribbean Sea to the North. At its narrowest point, it’s only 50 miles long. Panama is Central America’s southernmost country, and because of a bend in the isthmus, it gives one the impression that the sun rises in the west (over the Pacific Ocean) and sets in the east (on the Atlantic).