We are arriving in PTY at 1:30am on a tuesday. We are in the Panama area until Saturday when our cruise leaves Colon at 5pm...
Could someone suggest an itinerary that makes sense for us to follow?
We are interested in seeing a little of the city, the canal, rainforest, fishing, wildlife(monkeys, etc..) A day trip to El Valle?
Not sure where to stay that would be economical for our family of 7. (our kids are 18, 16, 15, 12 and 10)
Renting a car from PTY and returning it in Colon before boarding our cruise...or should we take the train into Colon for that experience.
We usually do beachy vacations so thats not necessary to include in these 4 days.
Please any suggestions are welcome!!
I am going to panama in april. I would like to buy a simcard for my phone to stay connected. Mostly internetconnection, very little call time....
What is the best?
What is the cheapest?
Where can i buy it in?
we are going to Panama, but only have sunday evening until tuesday afternoon to spend in Bocas... does it worth it to pay airline tickets and hotel for that short time? Which would be the best activities to do in that time frame? thanks for the advice!
I'm staying in Panama for week and a half. Do
you suggest renting a car?
flying into Tocumen Panama at 11 am .. and cannot believe they only have taxis to the city.. I heard there was a bus close by but you need to get a token as the driver downs take cash....and they don't sell them at the airport...seems like it s geared to make it expensive for the tourist to get out of the airport.. however I heard there is a mall nearby in walking distance from the airport where I might buy a token to get on the bus.....Does anybody have any info on that? thanks
We are looking for the ultimate Panama experience- rain forest, Panama Canal, beaches, remote area for a couple of days, city for a couple of days... We will travel.. We would love a good pool for kids when we are at the hotel as well as a good bar and restaurant. I just don't even know where to start. We will be there for 8 days. I would love the best itinerary that you could suggest. Thanks!
I wondered if there were a place close( say 2 hours or so by bus) from panama City where I could go back and forth in a day just to taste local flavor and see a bit of the country from a bus.... I get into Panama city early on a FRiday and leave Saturday afternoon... I can check out the city at night, and the second day, just though I d hop on one of their famous buses for a few hours to get to see the lay of the land... where would someone recommend that's typical, local colour and still leaves me enough time to get there, have a meal and come back in a space of maybe 6 or 7 hours ?
I will have a rental car - where do I drive up to get the 4 wheel Jeeps to go to the san blas Islands. Is it better to leave my car at the hotel and take a prepaid day trip. Thanks for your answer.
We are arriving in Panama city for the first time and will be staying there for 1 night and then going on to Playa Coronado for the rest of our vacation. We have heard horror stories about driving in Panama, what are our best modes of transportation?
Do any one of know how much it cost to take a rental car to the Island and come back ? I will like to hear from some did or does. Thanks
What are some good and inexpensive places to eat in panama city?
Looking for a good neighborhood to stay for 3-5 nights in Panama City. Will be traveling with only my boyfriend and we'd like to be around places that have plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafes for walking around at night and within taxi-distance to other sights/cultural activities in the city. From my research so far, El Cangrejo and Bellavista seem to be the most-trodden neighborhoods that meet my criteria but I'd prefer something less touristy. Casco Viejo sounds wonderful and much more to my liking but I'm reading mixed reviews around whether or not there's enough nightlife. Don't need big loud clubs but just would love to be able to end our late nights with drinks and good food near wherever we stay - so my question is should which of these (or any other) neighborhoods would be best? Thanks!
Hi there. I will be visiting Panama City in a few weeks and am trying to determine the best way to visit the canal beyond just a visit to the Miraflores Locks.
Is it worth it to take a boat that will do a partial transit of the canal? Should I head to the Gatun Locks?
I have three days in Panama City.
We will be in the area this coming August and want to see some whales--are there any tour/boat operators that have whale watching tours? Heard that the Gulf of Chiriqui is a good place for this...
I am trying to find out which is the better tourist area to go to in Panama either Contadora Island or Boca Del Toro
This will be my first time going to Bocas Del Toro and is there any helpful tips on the island, where to stay, how to get around and good places to eat.
Taxi from Panama City to Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Hi. Wondering about taxi fare and how easy (or hard) it is to get taxi to go back to the city. Thanks so much.
I 'm flying to San Jose next month, and after some time , I'm thinking to take a bus from S.J. to Panama city. Probably would be a direct bus, or could consider to change somewhere, if it could make it cheaper, although slower.... Any recommendations guys?
Also, I read some strange bureaucratic procedures at the border, with obligation to present an onward / return ticket for leaving Panama on a certain future date / way.
Anybody knows the current situation with that, if it is strictly enforced?
This could be a bus ticket, or obligatory to be flight ?
I have a flight ticket from San Jose to Europe, but maybe not enough?
And anyway, best would be to remain free to decide later, while in Panama, about the exact date and form of transport back to CR.
Generally it seems a big trouble after all....
Somewhere was mentioned, to have printed a ticket and cancell it later.
Also, that if you just print an itinerary from web ticket searching sites, it could be enough, even without actually buying the ticket, which is the best way if it works... (if they don't really examine it in detail)
I was thinking to get there for carnival, a busy period, this could make requirements stricter or relaxed?
Many thanks !
What should I pack for 8 days?
I plan to go to Panama in March for a week - ten day trip, and have just started researching via forum and soon guidebooks.
I’ll fly to San Hose and later will enter Panama
Could you suggest some nice spots to visit in Panama, at low budget levels of comfort?
Resorts and travel companies, are out of the question…
It seems to be high season, so prices won't be at the low side I'm afraid...
My interests would be beaches, culture, villages, forest, the Panama canal of course… well, maybe too ambitious for backpacking? We’ll see…
I hope to move around with public transport, stay at simple hotels/ hostels, walk around cities and villages, have some daytrips to nature from there, possibly on our own with other travelers, or with the help of a local guide .
What do you think?
Many thanks, happy travels to all!
What do you need to do to legally marry in bocas del toro, panama. We are from the United States....
Saw an older note about hot springs in Caldera---we will be in the area this summer and curious about the location?
We want to visit Panama in late february but suddently we don't really know what to do. Obviously we know there are several sights such as San Blas Islands, Panama City old town or La Admistad NP.
But on the other hand we want to know if the sites are easy to access, and if it's nice to stay in small town, strolling seaside, etc... a little bit like in Costa Rica. Panama has the same ambiance than in Costa Rica? Moreover Darien NP appears really hard to access.
We will be in Panama City next month for a conference but hope to take the kids somewhere close by for a couple of days away from the city(16 and 17 yrs). We have looked into Isla Contadora and Isla Grande - any suggestions? Ideally we will be somewhere quiet with great beaches, the kids would be happy surfing or snorkelling. Prefer to stay away from resorts and happy to have something very basic. Thanks
What`s the latest time, to go from yaviza to El Real. What time does it take to go further to Rancho frio. Can I manage it in 3 days? (february)?
Is it possible to return to yaviza till 12:00 a.m? (busconnection to panama)
Carnival in Panama is march 3-4 this year correct? Thanks
With my parents we will probably visit Panama in february and Darien NP is one of most iconic panamanian NP. But I've heard - due to its boundaries with Colombia - it could be dangerous to visit. Moreover their is apparently no real road to visit it with a rental car. Given that the hyper-humid forests of Darien it would be quite unfortunate to spend 24h in a mud flat...
But it seems to be gorgeous, so I would like to know if it's possible to visit it easily, by ourselves or with tours?
Thank you folks!
How can I get to Portobelo from the Tocumen Airport by a bus?
Hi, I'd like to know if anyone could advise me on where I should go to spend a day out in the islands around Panama City... Preferably quite cheap! Thanks a lot,
Hi fello travellers
I will be visiting Colon Panama for a day as one of our stops during a cruise together with my wife and our six months old baby.
Can anyone suggest whether there's anything we can do or places to visit? Is it safe? Or it would be a better option to spend the day on board and take it easy?
Thanks for the feedback.