Panama might be small, but don’t be fooled – it has a ton to offer. From the mountains of Boquete to the paradise islands of San Blas to the incredible engineering feat that is the Panama Canal, this beautiful country has something to offer for every traveler.

December - April
The dry season (December to April) is generally considered the best time to visit, with sunny skies and comfortable temperatures. However, the shoulder seasons (May, September & October) can offer good deals on accommodation and fewer crowds.

The official language of Panama is Spanish, but English is spoken in many tourist areas. However, learning a few basic Spanish phrases can go a long way!

Panama is actually one of the more expensive countries to visit in Central America (along with Costa Rica). It's still worth visiting, but definitely something to keep in mind when planning your trip!

The official currency of Panama is the US dollar (USD). While Panamanian Balboa (PAB) exists, it's pegged to the USD at a 1:1 rate and you'll likely encounter mostly USD in everyday transactions.

How to Get Around Panama

The easiest way (and the recommended way) to get around the country is to rent a car. This will allow you to stop off wherever you please and see whatever parts of the country you want without having to deal with public transportation.

However, if you’re on a budget and/or don’t want to rent a car, it’s quite easy to get around the country using public buses or shuttle transfers. There are buses connecting all of the major tourist towns and cities, and the bus fares are relatively cheap, though they’ll take longer than the shuttle rides. In most cases, you don’t need to book bus tickets in advance – you can just head to the terminal the day of!

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