Here are 7 of the most frequently asked questions about traveling to Panama to help you make plans and enjoy your trip! Please contact us with any questions you have about traveling to Panama or Bocas del Toro.
Is Panama safe?
Yes! Panama is safer than most big U.S. cities. It is the safest country in the region and one of the safest in Latin America. That said, use common sense and don’t wander in poor areas at night, use only authorized yellow taxis, and do not leave your valuables unattended at the beach.
When is the best time to book my visit to Bocas del Toro?
Panama is a year-round attraction. The temperature hardly varies, hovering at about 80 degrees fahrenheit. The sun shines everyday, all year-round. We like to say October thru November is the “green” season for bringing the most rain to nurture our thriving ecosystem, but there is still some sun everyday, and possibly some rain, too. Contact us to discuss how the best time for you might vary based on particular activities such as sport fishing or surfing.
Will it be a problem if I don’t speak Spanish?
Not a problem! Most Panamanians in Panama City and Bocas del Toro speak English, along with other languages. Panama is an international crossroads where English has been established. Panamanians who cater to tourists are especially comfortable with speaking English.
Do I need a visa/passport to visit Panama?
Not typically. A visa is required if you intend to work/study/live here. A passport is required for trips of up to 180 days. Note: a law requires people entering Panama to have at least 3 months before the expiration on his/her passport, so plan accordingly.
What’s the best way to get to Panama?
From the U.S. there are many direct flights to Panama: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, TX, Houston, Las Vegas, NV, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, NJ, Orlando, Tampa, and Washington D.C.. From Canada, Copa has direct flights from Montreal and Toronto. KLM flies direct from Amsterdam, and Iberia from Madrid. There is also a direct flight from Paris. As of 2014, Southwest flies direct to San Jose, Costa Rica which is very close to Bocas del Toro by regional airline or chartered boat transportation.
What is the currency?
The U.S. dollar, also referred to as a balboa. No currency exchange hassles! It’s one of Panama’s great conveniences.
What is the number of the Tourism Hotline?
Just call 311. Operators speak English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. They will advise you if you are having a problem and give you general tourism advice.