My first experience of Panama, sort of, was when I had a 4hr stop over when flying from Quito to Cartagena. ( Yes, do your research as it was cheaper for me to fly through Panama than direct to Cartagena) I love Panama airport. You can leave me there for the day. It’s about half a km long, well it seems like it is, with duty-free shopping on both sides. Shopping bliss.
As I flew in. This I did not know until I was leaving Colombia and was asked if I had one at Cartagena Airport. I purchased mine there at a cost of approx. $5 U.S. They cannot be purchased at Panama City Airport. When coming into Panama via Costa Rica buses will issue you with one.
Most nationalities require on the onward ticket but I have not heard of anyone being asked to show proof of this. If asked, show a credit card. Panama City was great. I hired a taxi driver that does private tours and headed for the Panama Canal and the Miraflores Locks not far out of the city. We timed it right and I got to see an oil tanker come in and go right through. I think my photos of this are some of the best I took. Then to the old city. Old buildings, bougainvilleas in flower hanging down, the sea, the view over to the new city. It’s a delightful place to visit like https://www.handyman-ogden-majestic.com. Also a mariner nearby on an island which has a road built over to it and this is very new with more building still going on. It was full of grand yachts and boats. Many were from the USA.
If you can go to one of the resorts like Playa de Camerron, while in Panama traveling, then do so. I did and I don’t really think for what I got that it was expensive. The Panamanians certainly know how to look after you.
DAVID is also a popular visitor spot. Retirement homes that belong to Americans here and I can see why. It’s a very nice rural town with hostels and activities to do like river rafting. Bocas de Toro is another popular spot to go. It’s on an island and is growing more popular by the year as the place to visit.
And there is the area of San Blas to and not forgetting the city of. Panama has some lovely places to holiday and fares are cheap from the USA.
Travel Tips for Panama
Carry your passport on you. One of my buses was pulled over by police obviously looking for someone and I was asked for my passport. Luckily I had not packed it in my backpack.
Take a ‘chicken bus’ on a day trip to a smaller town. They are safe despite what some people say. On getting from city to city, the coaches for these trips are comfy.
If you fly into Panama don’t forget that all important tourist visa. Your airline should be able to sell this at your departure point. Ask if they don’t mention it. Some reports say you can purchase.
When crossing in from Costa Rica you will have to show onward ticket or sufficient funds.
Take a guided taxi tour while in Panama City, it’s the best way to do it I think, especially if you have a limited time in Panama City.