5 Things You Need to Know When Traveling to Panama

13 January of 2013 by

Panama is a wonderful place to vacation with a lot of diversity. There are so many different activities and attractions to enjoy, there’s never a dull moment. The Panama Canal is a spectacle sight on its own but when you add in the beautiful white sandy beaches, exotic rainforest and gorgeous mountains, you could never see and do everything in just one visit.

Panama City
Panama City by Martha de Jong-Lantink, Creative Common Licence

On top of all this, the atmosphere is wonderful and the locals will make you feel right at home. While Spanish is the native language, many Panamanian speak English. For this reason, you won’t be completely lost if you don’t know Spanish, so you don’t have to rush out and take a crash course before you visit.

However, before you head out on your adventure, here are 5 things that you need to know when traveling to Panama:

You Don’t Have to Worry about Currency Exchange

Panama accepts US money so you don’t need to deal with the hassle of exchanging currency or paying exchange fees. The currency they use is coins called Balboa. These are equal in value to their American counterparts, so it all works out perfectly. This makes planning your trip a lot simpler and less stressful but you don’t want to try to spend Balboa in other countries, so you may want to exchange your coins for US dollars before heading home.

Pack the Right Clothing

Panama is hot and humid regardless of when you visit, so pack some shorts, tee shirts and maybe even some sandals to stay cool. It’s also a good idea to take along a good pair of walking shoes in case you plan to hike or do a lot of walking as you take in the sights. The one exception to this rule is the mountain regions. If you plan to travel into the mountains, take along warmer clothes because the temperature can be much cooler the higher up you go.

Plan Your Beach Trip Carefully

If you plan on visiting the beach while in Panama, plan for it ahead of time. The beaches are in remote areas, which is good because it offers more privacy. However, it also means that you cannot walk or take a 3-minute drive to the store to buy that sunscreen you forgot or to pick up a snack and beverage. Make sure you have everything you need before you head out to make your beach trip much more comfortable and enjoyable.

Plan Time to Relax

There are so many different things to see and do in Panama that you could easily wear yourself out trying to do way too much during your stay, if you’re not careful. The best thing to do is plan your trip in advance and pick out the main things you want to do first. Then, create a schedule to enjoy these sights and attractions while still having time to relax. Keep a list of all the other things you would still like to do and see in Panama and schedule these for your next trip.

Panama Is Safe To Visit

Personal safety is always a concern when traveling anywhere in the world so it’s good to know that vacationing in Panama, is just as safe as visiting any other travel destination. You do have to follow good safety guidelines such as not wondering around at night and always be aware of your surroundings but that’s necessary anywhere you visit. As long as you follow the general guidelines for traveling safely, Panama is safe place to vacation.

Panama is an amazing place with some breathtaking views that you’ll want to remember always, so be sure to take along a good camera. If you plan to go snorkeling or diving, take along an underwater camera so you can capture these spectacular views, too.

Have you ever vacationed in Panama or plan to in the near future? Do you have any stories you’d like to share about your vacation?

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