Traveling in Panama
Traveling to Panama should be on your bucket list – if it isn’t already. This country surprised me so much when I was traveling in Latin America. I only went to Panama because it was between two countries that were on my list: Colombia and Costa Rica. Now I tell everyone who wants to hear that they should not skip Panama – not even Panama City!
Panama has something for everyone. Looking for tropical beaches that look better than the pictures? Visit the San Blas Islands. Do you want to party and go for drinks with other backpackers? Go to Bocas del Toro, especially on Filthy Fridays. Are you a nature-lover who likes to hike amazing trails? Boquete is the place to be. Are you a fanatic surfer or do you want to be? Make your way to Playa Venao. Are you none of the above, but you love to travel and explore new places, then Panama is definitely also an amazing destination.
Basic information about Panama
Panama is a country in Central America. The language spoken in Panama is Spanish. The currency in Panama is the American dollar or the Balboa. Colombia borders the east of Panama, while Costa Rica borders the west. On the north side of Panama, you’ll find the Caribbean Sea. The coast of the south of Panama is home to the Pacific Ocean. The capital of Panama is Panama City.
Popular destinations in Panama
Popular destinations in Panama include:
The San Blas Islands. This is an island group with white beaches, palm trees and blue oceans. Some islands are inhibited by the original inhabitants, the Kuna Yala. Other islands are uninhabited. You can reach these islands with a sailing boat from Colombia or from Panama City.
Panama City. This is the capital city of Panama. A lot of travellers seem to skip this city and only use it for its airport, but I actually really enjoyed it. Especially the old town, Casco Viejo, is very charming. Apart from that, Panama City is known for the Panama Canal.
Playa Venao. This is a small town on the Pacific coast of Panama. There is not a lot to do here, but you can surf and enjoy the beach. There are two Selina hostels to stay in, which I would definitely recommend. I did a lot of yoga here.
Santa Catalina. This is another place on the Pacific coast of Panama. I didn’t go here, but other travellers have told me it’s worth the trip.
Boquete. This town is located in the jungle of Panama, on the west side of the country. If you like hiking or nature, this is definitely the place to be. Boquete is also the town to stay if you want to hike Volcano Barú. If you want to do this, make sure to read my blog about it!
Bocas del Toro. This is an island group where lots of parties are happening. I would definitely recommend it, even if you’re not a party person. The nature is also amazing! Rent a bike and explore the islands or stay on one of the fabulous hostels – you won’t regret it.