When you get past the first big thing you think of when you think of Panama, the Panama Canal, Panama is known for its beautiful beaches on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. They are perfect for a fun-in-the-sun vacation or a dream romantic getaway. There are great opportunities to participate in water sports, from surfing to jet skiing to parasailing. The beach towns and Panama`s cities both sizzle with great nightlife. Apart from the beaches and the cities, Panama is known for its diverse flora and fauna, much of which is found in nationally-protected wetlands and rainforests.
Visitors to Panama usually spend a few days in the glittering capital, Panama City, near the Panama Canal. Also near the Panama Canal, you can find Soberania National Park, a beautiful protected wetland home to unique flora and fauna. Playa Blanca and Playa Bonita are popular beach resorts to the west of the capital and the canal. If you are venturing to the west of the country, you can enjoy snorkeling in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago along the Caribbean coast, or hiking in the volcanic national parks of Boquete - Chiriqui.
You can journey to Panama any month of the year, however, the dry period occurs between mid-December and mid-April which is usually considered the perfect time to visit. Conditions stays a considerable constant high throughout the year, 85 degrees Fahrenheit and over. On the Caribbean coast, there are abbreviated heavy outpours of rain almost daily, while the Pacific coast has a clear-cut wet season from May to November. For more information, see Best Time to Visit Panama.
We recommend approximately 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in Panama City.
We recommend seeing Panama by air and by private transfer. Leave all of your transportation cares to us. If you will be visiting multiple destinations in Panama, you will be getting from point A to point B either by private transfer, in late-model, air-conditioned comfort, or by air, and from the airport you will take a private transfer to your hotel or resort.
The currencies of Panama are the Panamanian balboa (coins only) and the U.S. dollar (bills only). No currency exchange is necessary if you are arriving in Panama with U.S. dollars. For more information, see Tipping in Panama.
Spanish is the official language of Panama. About 1 in 8 people speak English fluently in Panama, with most of these people being in the business and tourism sectors. You will encounter many English speakers in Panama City and all tourist resorts in Panama, and at least a couple of English speakers even in more remote villages. Don`t assume everyone can speak English, however. Be prepared to learn basic Spanish phrases like hello/goodbye, please/thank you, how much is it?, where is the bathroom?, and the numbers from 1-10. To say `Do you speak English`, say `¿Habla ingles?`