Panama Travel Guide

At the meeting of two continents and two oceans, Panama is a little country full of history, wildlife, culture, tropical beaches, and anything else you could wish for in a getaway. As you make plans to take a tropical vacation, don’t overlook this Latin America gem.

Panama is easily accessible to Americans being only a 2.5-hour flight from Miami and using American currency. With delicious coffee, the Panama Canal, a hub of biodiversity, and hundreds of islands—there is so much to see and discover in this stunning country!

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At the meeting of two continents and two oceans, Panama is a little country full of history, wildlife, culture, tropical beaches, and anything else you could wish for in a getaway. As you make plans to take a tropical vacation, don’t overlook this Latin America gem.

Panama is easily accessible to Americans being only a 2.5-hour flight from Miami and using American currency. With delicious coffee, the Panama Canal, a hub of biodiversity, and hundreds of islands—there is so much to see and discover in this stunning country!

WHAT TO EXPECT

Language: The official language in Panama is Spanish.

Currency: The currency in Panama is the Balboa (PAB), but the US Dollar is used as well.

Credit Cards and ATMs: Panama is mainly a cash economy. You can only use your credit cards at select hotels, shops, and restaurants. While there are a fair number of ATMs in Panama City, you’ll struggle to find machines the further you travel from the city. It’s always a good idea to carry cash on you, especially small bills.

Plugs: The plugs in Panama are types A and B. The standard voltage is 110 V, and the standard frequency is 60Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hairdryers and hot tools.

Safety: Theft and muggings are something you’ll need to watch out for in Panama. Be smart and avoid carrying all your money in one place and ask your hotel about which areas you should avoid. If you’re going hiking, take extra precautions. Hikers have been known to get lost due to landslides and storms that make it difficult to follow the trails.

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