Panama Destination Guide
If your knowledge of Panama is limited to the Panama Canal, then you’re in for an adventurous awakening by all the amenities this beautiful destination has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a honeymoon or wedding destination, Panama offers brilliant beaches, luscious rainforests, a friendly indigenous culture, and an abundance of tropical islands to explore above or below the sea.
Escape the Winter Blues
Wondering how to rid yourself of those seasonal doldrums? Well if winter has you down, then the beauty of Panama is your ticket to a December to remember. Unlike U.S. seasons, Panama’s dry season rolls in just as Mother Nature sends the rain stateside. From mid-December to mid-April, Panama is dry and beckoning (which means holiday times like Christmas and Easter can bring more adventurers, so plan ahead to get the best accommodations).
Endless Opportunities, Unimaginable Beauty
In Panama, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet, and this marriage offers a diverse array of relaxation, entertainment, and adventure choices. The northern Caribbean coast, with its white sand beaches, tropical reefs, and laid back atmosphere, is perfect for recharging your tired spirit or getting back in touch with someone special. Their all-inclusive resorts, like Bocas del Toro, are a highlight for many, thanks to their rainbow reefs and diverse sea life.
And if you’re craving activity, nightlife, and a bustling city scene, Panama City fills the bill. It’s packed with history and culture (but you can still find quiet spots tucked away, begging you to relax and reboot as well).
Finally, if water sports are your passion, plan to visit the Pacific coast side between April and August when the waves are the best and surfers flock to the area to make the most of them. Whether spectator or participant, there’s no shortage of amazing coastal entertainment during this season.
Money and Communication Simplified
Unlike many destinations, the U.S. dollar is widely used in Panama (and is also classified as an official currency). Their other official currency, the Panamanian balboa, has a 1:1 exchange rate, too. Since some businesses will not cash large U.S. bills (i.e. $50 or $100), plan to carry smaller bills whenever possible.
Finally (and something you’ll really appreciate), the English language is very common in Panama City and other tourist areas, even though Spanish is the country’s official language. If you venture to remote areas, you may encounter locals who only speak indigenous languages, but even then, most locals also speak Spanish and will be able to communicate with you.
The Ins and Outs of Getting Around
Interestingly, getting to Panama has never been easier. Whether by land, air, or sea, your ideal destination awaits.
For those flying in, Panama has two major international airports, so be sure to book your flight with your intended destination in mind.
• Aeropuerto Enrique Malek serves the northern part of Panama.
• Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen serves southern Panama.
Not all carriers fly directly into northern Panama, so be sure to ask your accommodation provider about airport transfers or take a taxi to your intended destination. Although renting a car is possible, foreign visitors rarely opt to drive themselves around. After all, you’re on vacation, right?
So … what are you waiting for?