Average Cost of things in Panama in $USD
Top Tourist Destinations:
Panama City, Casco Viejo, Playa Venao, San Blas Islands, Bocos del Toro
Costa Rica & Columbia
USD & Balboa
(USD is accepted everywhere, the Panamanian Balboa is used for change only (coins), there are no paper Panamanian Balboas)
Spanish, English is spoken in major cities and tourist areas
Wet Season (Rainy): May - December
Dry Season (Summer): January - April
Is it safe:
Panama is generally safe, just take precaution on the streets of major cities at night (specifically if you are alone). It is also safe to travel as a solo traveller.
Always check the safety advisors upon booking your trip, click HERE to check out the most current travel advisories for Panama
Must try food:
Ceviche (seafood salad), Patacones (deep fried plantains) , Sancocho (meat stew with veg), Empanadas (fried pastry stuffed with meat and/or cheese)
Must try Booze:
Seco Rum - this is the national rum of Panama
Panamanian beers : Balboa, Atlas & Soberana
Very dependant on the restaurant, but many restaurants do have amazing veg options. Selina Playa Venao, had a wide range of vegan/veg options on their menu.
Check out these amazing vegan/veggie restaurants in Panama City here
Is Tap water drinkable:
It is safe to drink the tap water
For the most part, Panama can be quite difficult to get around. Since there were 6 of us in our group, we were fortunate enough to rent a car to drive from one part of the country to the other. Although it was quite pricy, it still ended up being cheaper for us to do this than taking shuttle busses. There are many hostels that offer shuttle busses through different parts of Panama, we would recommend contacting the hostel directly to arrange a shuttle bus service.
In Panama City, we got around by Uber and Taxis, they were both VERY cheap averaging $2-3USD for a (8km range).
The buses are safe and clean, offering routes from one end of Panama to the other. We would recommend checking out https://www.rome2rio.com/ - they provide the best bus/plane/train/taxi route options for anywhere in the world!
There are currently no mandatory vaccinations needed when visiting Panama. Visit PassportHealth, for the most current updates on vaccinations before travelling