Panama, Panama

Panama’s rich colonial past, indigenous tribes, dense jungles, shimmering coastlines, cosmopolitan capital city and one awe-inspiring canal, make it one of Central America’s most popular destinations. History buffs can retrace epic battles and tromp around crumbling colonial forts. Art enthusiasts shouldn’t miss a chance to visit with a native tribe to witness the creation of ancient arts and crafts. Surfers, scuba divers and sailors will discover a break, reef or bay to exceed all their water-loving expectations. And hikers and wildlife enthusiasts may wander off into the tropical hills thick with howler monkeys and friendly lizards with no plans of returning. From cosmopolitan Panama City to tropical coastal retreats, Central America’s southernmost country has something for every type of adventure-seeker.

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When to go

If you plan to be exploring extensively in the great outdoors, it's best to do so during Panama's dry season from mid-December to mid-April. It should be noted that on the Caribbean side tropical showers can occur in any season, also it tends to rain less overal in February, March, September and October.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    One of the largest and busiest airports in Central America, Tocumen International Airport (PTY) nearest to Panama City is the hub for Copa Airlines, which offers direct and connecting flights from most major world cities.
  • Automobiles

    Locals say there are more cars than people in Panama City, and taxis operate on an affordable flat-rate tariff structure. If planning to explore beyond the city, a car can come in handy, however, hiring a driver to take you to coastal destinations just a few hours drive beyond the city is a reliable and hassle-free way to explore, too.