The Ten Top Things Do and See Nearby Panama City
The Top Ten Things to Do and See in Panama City
Dry season takes place in most of the country from December to April
Snorkeling/Diving in the Pacific, from west to east: the Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park (Secas, Ladrones, Paridas), Coiba, Isla Iguana, Las Perlas.
In the Caribbean: Bocas (north west of Panama) and Colón (Portobelo, Isla Grande) have some really cool places but as someone already said: visibility won’t be good when it’s raining. So for Bocas (and the Bastimentos Marine National Park), which is in the Caribbean you’ll have good visibility in January, February, March, September and October. Not sure about Colón.
The city of Colon can be very dangerous, is best to avoid.
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Fresh And Cheap – Panama City’s Seafood Market
Typical rental of a Toyota Yaris in Panama
Rent per day - $16-20
Liability - $12/day - required
Phyisical damge - another $12 -16 per day
comes with $1,000 - 2,000 deductable
Deductable coverage - $6 day
So a posted rate or $15/day can easily turn into $45/day plus tax.
Your cc may cove physical damage, your US car insurance won’t.
Do two things when you rent the car: 1) Get the American Express international, wherever-you-rent insurance coverage. While the rental cars are cheap, the required insurance is not. It will triple or quadruple your bill. Go with AmEx, but read the fine print about things like gravel roads. 2) Make sure you walk around the car with the inspector when you rent the car. Make double sure he marks ever infintisimule nick and ding on the car … especially the windshield. Biggest scam: a nick in the windshield or a scratch below the front bumper and you’ll be buying the new one at three times the cost of one in the states.
Driving from Panama to Bocas will take you about 10 hours. Going over the corridor is breathtaking for its scenery, especially with your first glimpses of the the emerald green waters and the islands of Bocas del Toro. But, it is a very, very long haul and extremely tiring.
The drive from Boquete - if you are staying there - to Almirante (mainland jumping off spot to Bocas del Toro) is beautiful & interesting. It is probably one of the nicest routes - for scenery - in the country. My suggestion would be to start out by 10:00am or earlier. The drive is about 3 1/2 hours but the road is narrow & should be done in daylight. And you will save a lot on the airfare.
Don’t bother bringing the car to the island - unnecessary & complicated. There is a safe & secure spot next to one of the water taxi companies - Taxi 25.
1 week itineraries:
Rent a car and head to El Valle/Santa Clara area for 2 nights - about 2 hour drive outside PC.
Head back to PC over to Portobello and Isla Grande for 2 nights ( at Bananas Resort on Isla Grande) for decent snorkling.(1-2 hour drive from PC)
Spend the other three night in PC - when in PC don’t drive take taxis - easier quicker.
Don’t bother with Boquete area - you will lose two days driving.
Panama Discovery - 15 days
* Panama Canal
* Casco Viejo, Panama City
* Miraflores Locks
* El Valle
* Pedasi, Azuero Peninsula
* Playa Venao
* Isla Iguana
* Santa Catalina
* Coiba National Park
* Bahia de Chiriqui
* Cerro Punta
* Waterfalls, rivers and hot springs
* Amistad National Park
* Quetzal Trail to Boquete
* Canopy Tours and Coffee Plantation
* Paradise Gardens
* Sailing and snorkeling at Bocas del Toro
PC taxi world
Wherever you decide to go, make your reservations as soon as you can, because that week between Christmas and New Years is a very popular time for Panamanians and tourists to go to Boquete, Cerro Punta and El Valle.