Panama Travel Info
Welcome to Panama the southernmost country of Central America. Panama's capital is Panama City and the largest city in the country. A small country rich in rainforest with abundant wildlife, beautiful beaches, home to the World Famous Panama Canal, and Panama City a cosmopolitan Metropolis with plenty to explore.
Direct flights from Toronto take five and a half hours, seven and half hours from Vancouver, Seven Hours and twenty minutes from Edmonton, Five hours from Montreal, six and half hours from Regina, and seven hours from Saskatoon. Except from Toronto and Montreal the rest may only operate in the winter season. There is plenty of flights from the USA year round.
Panama has the largest amount of coastline compared to landmass in Latin America and this means that no matter where you stay there will always be a beautiful beach nearby. Most of the beaches feature sparkling white sand and long stretches of shore and clear waters.
Panama features many places to shop and has many large malls that feature local and international brand names. Visitors can stop at some of the duty free stores to pick things up on their way home or stop at one of the many fish or farmers markets for fresh seafood and local foods. The number one buy in Panama is the Artesania, or indigenous handicrafts. A popular souvenir for tourists is the Molas, which are panels made by Kuna Indian woman that can be sewn onto bags or shirts. Other handicrafts that are popular among the tourists are Ngobe-Bugle dresses and Embera Indian masks and baskets which can be found at local markets. A popular stop is the Kuna Cooperative which features many Kuna handicrafts and where Kuna woman offer to attach traditional bead bands to the arms and legs of tourists.
There are 11 beautiful golf courses in Panama and many of them are renowned around the world as being among the best. Beautiful greens and open spaces make the perfect game for connoisseurs of golf. Many hotels offer Golf Bonuses included in the package.
Panama City lights up at night with a vibrate colorful scene that calls out to all ages and interests. There are four neighborhoods that feature most of the nightclubs: Bella Vista, the Anador Causeway, Marbella, and Casco Viejo. Most clubs do not open until 10pm and do not really start to get busy until after midnight. Lots of the clubs and bars will have ladies drink free nights. If you are staying at one of the major Beach Hotels they offer plenty of night entertainment.
Year round weather
The tourist season in Panama is from Mid-December to Mid-April, with these months being the dry season. There is relatively little rain during this time and what little rain does fall comes down quick and does not last very long before the sun comes back out. The rainy season is from May to November and can be very hot and humid.
Is it on the hurricane belt?
Panama sits just below the hurricane belt and therefore tends to avoid the rougher weather. Tourists do have to watch out for choppy water when swimming or snorkeling and are recommended to stay on the shore if the water looks rough, as rip tides can be very dangerous.
The hurricane belt is a area of the Atlantic Ocean which is prone to hurricanes and rough weather during the hurricane season. The belt includes the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.
Panama Year Round Temperatures
Distance from airport to most hotels
Most hotels are about an hour to two hours from the airport.
Most notable tours available
There are many tours to partake in in Panama and visitors will be guaranteed to find one suiting their interests. Visitors can take a walking tour around the Panama Canal or take a relaxing cruise tour along the canal as well as many walking and bus tours around the city. The more adventurous type can take a zip lining or rafting tour or perhaps a snorkeling tour at one of the many beautiful beaches. There are also many hiking tours through the spectacular landscapes and guided tours around the various coffee plantations. Some other popular day tours are:
Partial Canal Crossing:
Experience sailing the world famous Panama Canal, Cross two locks with a total drop of 27m, continue sailing to the Port of Balboa on the Pacific Ocean.
Excursion to Yayas Falls:
Enjoy a swim in the natural pool formed by the Falls, surrounded by lush forest, and amazing Flora.
City Tour and Canal:
Watch the Panama Canal Operation at the Miraflores Locks, this is also a UNESCO World Heritage Colonial City, included is also a panoramic tour of Old Panama.
Chagres National Park:
Learn about the life of a rainforest indigenous Community, sample their food, listen to their stories, and finish with a swim in the river.
Railway Excursion to the Panama Canal:
Travel by Train to the Gatun Locks, see the Canal’s Operation, Visit the colonial town of Portobello, enjoy lunch and swim at Playa Langosta Beach, return to Panama City by Train with a panoramic tour of Colon on the way.
Choose according to your interest, Panama offers Hotels on the beach, rainforest, City or cruises here are some of the most popular:
Gamboa Rainforest Resort
Royal Decameron Golf Beach Resort
Westin Playa Bonita
Playa Blanca Hotel
Panama Hard Rock Hotel Panama City
Radisson Decapolis Panama City
Ask your Travel discounters Agent for a combination Holiday: Beach-Rainforest Beach-City or Cruise – Beach - City, we customize combinations of one or two weeks vacations.
Good to Know:
- Currency: US dollar and the Balboa
- Driver's License: International license recommended, foreign driver's licenses are
valid for up to 90 days. Must be 25 years old and have a credit card.
- Electricity: 120 V, 60Hz
- Entry Requirements: A passport, valid 6 months beyond intended stay, and an ongoing
or return ticket are required. Also a Tourist Cards, issued by your airline, is required and
is valid for up to 30 days.
- GMT Time: -5 hr. Daylight savings time is not applied.
- Language: Spanish, English is spoken fluently
- Requirred Vaccines: none
- Tourist Season: December to April
- Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada: Travel Report of Panama