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Note: The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute remains closed to all researchers and public visitors to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. The Smithsonian’s priority is to protect the safety and health of its staff, volunteers and visitors. All general scientific and general public visits to all STRI facilities are suspended until further notice. We thank you for your understanding and please continue to check this website for future updates.

Hours and Rates

Days Open
(From March to November)
Tuesday - Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday (and some holidays) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ticket booth closes 1 hour before closing time.
Last tour of the Fabulous Frogs of Panama exhibit is at 4 pm.


Days Open
(December to February)
Tuesday - Sunday (and some holidays) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ticket booth closes 1 hour before closing time.
Last tour of the Fabulous Frogs of Panama exhibit is at 4 pm.

Closed Mondays, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Carnaval Tuesday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

General Admission Rates Cost
Residents $4.00
Non-Residents $7.00
Retirees $2.00
Children (under 13) $2.00


Group Admissions

Groups of more than 10 people must make a reservation in advance.

School Groups

School groups need to make reservations in advance.

Payment Information

Cash, check, are accepted on site during weekdays.


Punta Culebra Nature Center is wheelchair accessible from the entrance to the exhibits; however, the forest trails behind the Center are not accessible by wheelchair due to the rough terrain.

Policies and Safety

The safety of the Smithsonian's visitors, volunteers, staff, and collections is of the highest importance.

Getting here

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)


We are located Amador Causeway, approximately 3.5 km where it begins in Panama’s Balboa neighborhood. Turn right at the restaurant Mi Ranchito and continue to the end of the parking lot where you will see the entrance of Punta Culebra Nature Center. 

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Public transportation

Panama's Metrobus offers service to the causeway from the Albrook Mall for 25 cents. Exit the bus at the bus stop in front of Smithsonian’s Naos Island Laboratories and continue walking southeast along the causeway. Turn right at the road beside the restaurant Mi Ranchito, continue walking along to the entrance of Punta Culebra Nature Center. It is about 250 m from the bus stop to the entrance and another 400 m to the main buildings.


There is a limited amount of parking at Punta Culebra. The station guard at the entrance will inform visitors if there is room. Some large buses cannot access the parking lot.

Island and facilities

Island and facilities

Directional map

Directional map


Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Food and Beverage

There is no food service at Punta Culebra. We have a vending machine for snacks, drinking fountains and beverages are sold in the gift shop.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Picnic Areas

Bring a lunch! We have covered picnic tables with a great view of the beach and the entrance to the Panama Canal.

Contact Us

For Reservations or Information


+507 212-8793
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