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Panama vacations 2020 & 2021

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Panama’s capital is the only city in Central America to have real heft on the global stage, and its mighty canal is undoubtedly an engineering tour de force. Comparatively few visitors venture farther afield, but our specialists have explored Panama’s remoter areas, from rainforests to coastal mangroves. They’ll tell you that other treasures lie in store on this twisting strip of land. They can suggest experiences beyond the city for your vacation to Panama, such as birdwatching around Gatún Lake (home to 385 species), exploring botany with the indigenous Emberá, and snorkeling with turtles in Bocas del Toro.

Elsewhere, as part of a Panama itinerary, you can embrace the cafe culture and tropical forests of El Valle, and wander among coffee plantations in highland Boquete. Or, escape into another world entirely on the isolated San Blas Islands, home to crystalline waters swimming with eagle rays and nurse sharks.
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Suggested tours for Panama

These tours give you a starting point for what your trip to Panama could entail. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.

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Best time to visit

Our specialists advise on the best months to visit Panama, including information about climate, events and festivals.

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Useful information for planning your vacation in Panama

  • Timezone
    UTC -5

  • Flight time
    6 hours upwards dependent on airline (Toronto to Panama City)

  • The official language is Spanish, although English is widely spoken.

  • The standard of food across Panama is good however menus are simple and basic with few choices. White rice is a staple part of restaurant menus and it is usually accompanied by meat, chicken and fish. Vegetarian dishes are hard to come by.

  • The national currency in Panama is the balboa. Panama is one of the few countries in the world that doesn't issue paper money therefore US dollar banknotes are used exclusively and US dollar notes and coins are legal tender.

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