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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 08, 2016
Traveling to Panama  (4 Answers)

I would lie to travel to Panama with my kids (8, 17). Is it safe? Are any nice beaches?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 13, 2016
Long term car rental

Need to rent a car for at least three months. Most rental car companies are at least 1700 (which includes the mandatory 3rd party insurance). Are there any places to rent an older car for less than that?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2016
What to do in Panama  (10 Answers)

We are proposing to visit Panama for approximately 10 days in February.
Arriving from Europe we thought that we should first spend a few days based in Panama city and then try a coastal town away from the city.
So what should we do from a base in Panama City, the canal etc. and where should we go for a quieter more relaxing time.
Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 15, 2015
Help deciding between two hostels

Hi Everyone,

I'm going on a trip to Colombia in January, and on my flight back home I have a day long stopover in Panama City. I arrive at 8pm on January 11th and leave at 6pm on the 12th.

I want to use this free day to make a quick visit to the Panama Channel and then some outlet shopping.

Which one of these two hotels would be better situated for that?

Lemon Inn: Entrando por Calle 50 a la calle 59 (Entre Global Bank y Credicorp Bank), Primera calle a la derecha (Calle Bachiller) casas 39 y 40 0834-1689 Panama City


Hostel Siriri: Barrio Marbella Calle 1a o las Acacias atrás de la Calle 50 587 Panama City

Thanks for the help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 12, 2015
Insect stings  (5 Answers)

I am allergic to bee stings and must carry an epi pen with me at all times in the summer in Ontario. Should I bring it to Panama with me?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 10, 2015
Crocs and dismemberment


Hoping to do some peacock bass fishing in Lake Gatun next week and I will be bringing my own boat. It is a 6ft or so inflatable raft, very stable and sturdy. I just realized I'll probably be sharing the water with some large animals. I'm not risk adverse, but don't know how aggressive they might be... I'm guessing that as long as I stay in the boat they'll ignore it. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 02, 2015
place to stay in Bocas for snorkeling  (1 Answer)

In Bocas Oct 18-22 and will be taking our own gear. Any recommendations for a good place to stay where I can snorkel right from the property? I'll go for so much longer than my wife so I don't really want to have to take a tour or a boat everytime. It would be cool if a place had (or rented) kayaks to get to a nearby snorkel location too. I was looking at the Orange House for example, but that is on Saigon Bay and that does not seem ideal to snorkel from. I also don't really want to be too far from night time in Bocas Town for eating and drinks but certain don't want to hear it when trying to get our old bones to sleep either :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 13, 2015
Tocumen to Albrook  (4 Answers)

We are coming in on a Thursday flight on Copa to Tocumen. Supposed to arrive at 2. Would we have time to make it over to Albrook to catch the 3:30 flight to Bocas or is that too tight? Not sure if 1 1/2 hours is enough time to deplane, get bags, Immigration, customs and get to Albrook (what is trafic like at the time of day?

Thanks in advance-

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2015
Going through the Panama Canal  (2 Answers)

We're off to Panama next October and would like to take a boattrip through the Panama Canal. However we don't find many options to do so, looks there's only one boat that does the trip once a week or so. And no, going on a cruise is not what we have in mind...

Any idea if the can be done, preferably ofcourse the whole canal or at least a part of it ?

Thanks !
GInirover from Belgium

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 22, 2015
ferry Colon to Cartagena  (10 Answers)

Hi people....

I'm presently cycling through Costa Rica on my way to Panama, intending to catch the Colon to Cartagena, Colombia ferry (ferryxpress) later in May 2015. I've just been told by a friend that he thinks the last ferry to sail will be on April 30 2015 until restarting again in November, but I can't find any information on the web about this, including on their website, though my Spanish is very poor. Unfortunately where I am I have no phone access to call the office in Panama City. This has put me in a bit of a panic! If anyone can advise it would be hugely appreciated.

Thanks. Chris

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 30, 2014
Solo trip to Panama: rent a car or not?  (3 Answers)

I will be in Panama for about 8-9 days in January. My main interest is in birding and other nature-y stuff, for which I would like to get away from Panama City for most of the trip. I am contemplating renting a car to drive around the countryside and get to more distant destinations that are difficult to reach by public transit, but I wonder if this is wise (I drove in Costa Rica in 2006 and many roads were utterly horrendous). Money is not a big concern, but freedom, safety, and convenience are.

My other question is whether 8-9 days is enough time to get to 3 destinations in Panama, or should I be less ambitious? The good sites seem to be Soberania NP, Chiriqui/Volcan Baru, and Darien--although Darien might be tough to do in this short time frame. I am considering Soberania, somewhere around Volcan Baru, and a last "R&R" stop in Bocas del Toro.

Any comments or suggestions would be welcome!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 17, 2014
One week in Panama - a few questions  (9 Answers)

My wife and I are planning on taking a quick one-week trip in January or February this year. I was poking around online and found a really cheap flight to Panama-Tocumen.

We just got home from a long trip through the Balkans and earlier this year had a great time in Morocco but got really sick. So we're looking for something with a more relaxing pace. However, we know we'll get bored sitting on a beach for more than a couple of days. So we're hoping for a trip that has a bit of a balance to it - not too much time in the city, not too much time on the beach, some new experiences, etc.

With that in mind, if you were to take advantage of the flight deal and head to Panama for a week, where would you suggest staying? In Casco Vieja for a few days, see the sights and the canal, etc. Then escape somewhere to experience nature or the beach. Where would you recommend?

Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 05, 2014
Driving from Tecumen Airport to Bridge of The Americas  (1 Answer)

I will be renting a car at Tecumen and driving to The Bridge of The Americas.Is it as dangerous as it seems with all the comments I have read.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 25, 2014
Accomedation,tings to see/do  (1 Answer)

We, Henriet Richard and Julius 6 years old from The Netherlands are planning our holliday 2015.
Panama is also on our wichlist.
So we are Planning a round trip 28 days Panama/Costa Rica and looking for accomedation all over noth west part of Panama.
A little hut, stay with a family, even a hammock ect ect no problem as long as it is hygienic/clean and safe.
Also ideas about what ti see and do are welcome.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 26, 2014
what to pack for this weekend june 28, 2014 for a week  (3 Answers)

what to pack for this weekend june 28, 2014 for a week

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 25, 2014
what are some things i can do with my kids?  (1 Answer)

what are some things I can go and do with my kids?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 22, 2014
Traveling with small kids to Panama  (1 Answer)

Hi we will be traveling to Panama next month and plan on visiting a ton of places while there.
First question, we plan on traveling by rental car from PC to David, Boquete, then on to Bocas Del Toro. Is this a good idea? or is it better to take the bus?

Second questions, are there any must see attractions for small kids both are under 6?

Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 04, 2014
Business in Panama  (2 Answers)

If I go to panama on a business trip what place would you recommend me to go ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 24, 2014
Back-backers hostals catering to solo travellers and who organise trips  (1 Answer)

My English 22 yo nephew is planning to travel from South America to Central America by August. Could anyone kindly help me to help him put together a plan please in Central America? For instance, easiest border-crossings, not to be missed hi-lites. What should be avoided. Which back-packer hostels best cater to solo travelers where he can meet up with other travelers and join in on excursions organized by the hostels. The countries he is interested in are Nicaragua, Belize, Costa Rica and Panama. Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 10, 2014
Panama humidity  (4 Answers)

Is all of Panama of high humidity? Or are there areas that are less humid?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2014
onward ticket  (2 Answers)

I am flying into Panama from the United States to meet up with a boat which I will continue on out of the country. I've read that an onward ticket is required upon entry to prove I'm not staying in Panama. How strict is this or how can I show I'm not planning on leaving by plane?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2014
Itinerary for 4 1/2 of 7!  (12 Answers)

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!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2014
Internet connection  (3 Answers)

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?

Thanks johan

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2014
Family Travel  (1 Answer)

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!
Jennifer Wright

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 28, 2014
Border complications from C.R. to Panama?  (2 Answers)

Hi there!
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 !

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 27, 2014
Caravan trip to Panama - leaving Detroit in Winter arriving in Panama city  (2 Answers)

What should I pack for 8 days?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2014
Panama on low budget?  (5 Answers)

Hi there!
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!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2014
Panama: what to do?  (6 Answers)


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.

Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 31, 2013
Panama Carnival 2014  (2 Answers)

Hi all,
Carnival in Panama is march 3-4 this year correct? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 24, 2013
Is Darien NP dangerous for tourists?  (3 Answers)


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!

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