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What You Should Know More About Panama

  • Travel Advice

    • Keep the beggars at bay.

    • Do not get over friendly with the guide or the strangers here.

    • Make sure you dress in accordance with the local traditions and cultures.

    • Do not do anything that hurts the local sentiments.

    • Always be alert.

    • Do not leave your valuables in the hotel room.

    • Opt for a hotel that has a room safe.

    • Do not flaunt your valuables or jewelry in public places.

    • Make sure you have some idea of the local language before you visit the country.

    • Do not get involved in drugs of any form.

    • If you have a medical condition, carry all the needed medicines.

    • Always have with you a first aid kit.

    • Do not film without permission.

    • If you ever feel lost, take help from the locals here.

    • Whenever you interact with the locals, do ensure you are warm and polite.

    • Do not let anyone take advantage of you.

    • Whenever you are visiting any new destination, it is always a good idea to gather sufficient information about that place before you travel there.

    • Always travel in large groups.

    • Make sure you do not explore the unknown trails during the night hours.

    • Ensure that you have with you at least one identity proof.

  • Drinking Law

    There are no strict laws on alcohol in Panama.

  • Our Recommendations: What You Can’t Afford to Miss?

    Casco Viejo

    The colonial Spanish architecture and the orange tiled roofs of the old town Panama City stands in stark contrast to the skyscraper skyline that can be experienced across the bay. This is exactly where the tourists can experience the real action. During the night hours, Casco Viejo is just the adequate amount of edgy with its music which pours onto the street from every corner and alley. On the other hand, during the day time, Casco Viejo seems to be the ideal place for coffee lovers to enjoy a cup of hot coffee at the Plaza Bolivar while exploring the markets at the Plaza de La Independencia with a backdrop of the sunset from the Plaza Francia which puts forth the best views of the city.


    Panama Canal


    Panama Canal stands tall as one of the greatest feats of engineering in the world. Visitors who come here can either opt for a partial or a complete crossing of the canal. Crossing usually takes up to four to eight hours. A number of tourists who come here can go on to explore the Miraflores Locks Museum. Once done with the exploration, you can relish on the local food at one of the fine restaurants which are located on the top floor of this museum.


    Bocas Town


    Bocas del Toro is the capital of the Bocas del Toro Province. It is one of the most preferred spot for the scuba divers as the dives here are shallow. The place is largely suited for the beginners who come here to satiate their love for water sports. An exquisite coral reef here features an array of vibrant and colourful tropical fish. Discovered in the year 1502, by Christopher Columbus, the place happens to be one of the most preferred tourist attraction of Panama. In Bocas del Toro, visitors regularly swamp in large numbers to hike through the lush rainforests and enjoy the empty stretches of the vast coastline.


    Coiba


    The Panama’s waters are unmatched in their level of marine diversity. Probably, nowhere this happens to be more evident than in the Coiba National Marine Park. The Coiba’s island is also the largest island in the park. Moreover, this is also the largest island in all of Central America. The island is a home to over 800 species of marine life that are found in this area. It is a great place to indulge in the activities like scuba diving and snorkelling on the Pacific Coast.


    San Blas Islands


    San Blas Islands is located in the Eastern Panama. It is indeed the best place to explore the rich culture of the indigenous people of Panama, the Kuna. Kuna people view the area as their own. They are also very warm and welcoming towards the tourists who come here.


    Santa Catalina


    International Surfing Community has taken adequate steps to keep this bucolic spot a secret however the word is now out and open. Santa Catalina offers the world class destination for surfing. Nestled on the Chiriquí Gulf, this town doesn’t offer a number of amenities however its beautiful beaches enveloped by the jungle forests make it an ideal destination for anyone who wishes to enjoy the natural beauty of Panama.


    Sendero Los Quetzales


    Located in proximity to the small town of Cerro Punto, Sendero Los Quetzales is indeed one of the most happening trails of Panama. Its 5 mile route commences east of the town and the complete exploration of it may take somewhere between four to seven hours. This trail winds through the Parque Nacional Volcán Barú’s cloud forest and follows the Río Caldera. It crosses it multiple times Enroute and ends in the mountains above Boquete. You can even hike the trail in reverse however it is entirely up hill from Boquete.  Since, this trail is not very well marked, it is recommended for you to hire a tour guide or undertake an organized tour to explore the place.  


    Amador Causeway


    Amador Causeway adjoins the islands by the entrance into the Panama Canal to the mainland. From the causeway, you can avail the terrific views of the Panama City as well as the Bridge of Americas. A number of locals of Panama come here to spend their weekends riding a bicycle, jogging or rollerblading down the causeway. You can even come here to enjoy a good meal or drinks at one of the several restaurants and bars that are located on the island.


    Pearl Islands


    The Pearl Islands were inhabited by indigenous peoples until the Spanish Conquistadors discovered the wealth of the archipelagos’ pearls in the 1500s. When the island featured on the reality television show Survivor, it gained immense popularity. The beautiful islands feature the lush forests which are surrounded by the white sandy beaches. Pearl islands most developed island is the Contadora Island given its number of resorts and an airstrip. Tourists who come here can charter private yachts so as to explore and cruise the islands.  


    Isla Taboga


    Situated about 20 kilometres from the Panama City is the Isla Taboga. It is the favourite escape out of the city when you wish to bathe in the sandy beaches of Panama. You can even take up fishing charters or ride Jet Ski’s, speed boats here. First inhabited by the Spanish in the year 1515, Isla Taboga has a charming village along with the second-oldest church that is located in the Western Hemisphere. You can visit the several restaurants located here to experience the local food here.


    Playa Las Lajas


    Playa Las Lajas is a fantastic beach which extends to over 8 miles on the Pacific Coast along the Gulf of. With perfect water temperatures and little current, the beach is simply ideal for bodysurfing and swimming. Cheap restaurants and rustic shacks can be found everywhere o the beach towards the end of the road.  


  • What You Will Like There?

    World-Famous Attractions

    Though Panama is a small country, there is a lot of see and do here. One of the most famous tourist attraction of Panama is the Panama Canal that is a great place to see here. Taking a ride on the Panama Canal Railway that runs parallel to the canal and leads you to the dense jungle is a great thing to do. Besides this, the Colon Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center and the Miraflores Visitors Center are also engineering marvels of the city which offer two land based platforms that should never be missed on your trip to Panama. Apart from all this, the capital of the nation is a treasure that is to be seen to be believed. With a history spanning over 500 years, the Panama City is indeed of the most metropolitan urban centers of Central America. It boasts of an exciting nightlife, world class restaurants and historical districts such as Casco Viejo, Panama City certainly is a jewel in the country’s crowd.


    A Welcoming Atmosphere


    Panama is one of the premiere tourist attraction of the world. The place is incredibly welcoming for the international visitors. People here are friendly and the atmosphere of this unique country will make you feel right at home. Being a historical crossroad, Panama has also had a huge standing history and a perennial presence with the United States in particular. For instance, Panama uses the US dollar as the key currency and English is the most widely spoken and understood language by many. The indigenous population of the Panama is widely welcoming amongst the tourists. Visitors tend to find Panama an extensive shopping and a dining destination which offers a comforting experience. Another draw card that may inspire you to take a holiday to Panama is the very diversity in the available things to do in the country. From unwinding at the soothing beautiful beaches or simply enjoy one of those adventure thrills, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Panama. There is something for everyone to do and enjoy in Panama. All this makes it a great spot for families, honeymooners and solo travelers. 

     

    Gorgeous Weather


    Panama experiences gorgeous weather all round the year. The weather of Panama is simply hard to beat. Unlike North America, Panama experiences just two types of seasons – rainy and dry. In the dry season, the temperature can really soar into the 90s thereby offering ideal conditions for a range of activities such as snorkeling, sun bathing and river tours. On the other hand, in the rainy season, Panama experiences tropical climate that is pleasant and enjoyable. Moreover, Panama is located outside Atlantic hurricane belt. As a result of this, there is very little of the tropical storms here making landfall in Panama.  


    Wallet-Friendly


    For visitors who come to Panama from the Canada and the US, the very fact that the country uses the U.S. dollar as the currency makes Panama one of the most cost effective tourist attraction. The prices prevalent in Panama are comparable to those in the Midwest. However, if you are currently living on a LA or Miami budget, you’ll find Panama to be relatively cheaper. This is even more true for tourists who visit from the New York City or Europe. Given all this, Panama is extremely wallet friendly for the travelers. 

     

    Easily Accessible


    A number of prominent tourist attractions of Panama such as nature tours, national parks and tropical rainforests can be found in the vicinity of Panama City. You can get frequent flights from a number of cities of the US such as Newark, Atlanta, Miami and Houston. Besides these, flights can also be availed easily from oversea destinations such as Berlin, Madrid, Montreal and Amsterdam. The principal international airport of the country, Tocumen is easy and quick to get in and out for you to enjoy the seaside dining here.


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