TRAVEL INFO PANAMA

Panama, 
so much more than just a canal!

Located at the southern end of Central America, Panama is an 800 km long bridge where the wildlife of South- and North America meet and intermingle. It is a proud nation that respects its seven indigenous peoples and that celebrates its Spanish heritage with frequent and colorful festivals.

Located blissfully south of the hurricane belt, the country, whose Indian name means ‘abundance of fish’, has mostly evaded the tourists’ radar screen despite having much more to offer than its wildly popular western neighbor, Costa Rica.

There are 1518 Islands off the coasts of Panama and more than 30 national parks and protected areas. There is remote and accessible rainforest with more than 400 bird species, mountain hiking, famous surfing and windsurfing, kayaking, white water rafting and historic ruins. There is the big and cosmopolitan Panama City with many good restaurants and great party- and nightlife.

And, of course, there is the canal – a must see for the visitor.

Somewhat sadly, more deep-sea fishing records have been broken in the Pacific waters of Panama than anywhere else in the world. On the other hand, it’s another indication how plentiful the marine life here is.

General information about Panama:
http://wikitravel.org/en/Panama
Climate in Panama
Tropical Humid Climate with 3.5 mts /11 ft of rainfall per year. Average temperature of 25 C. March is the hottest month,  with an average temperature of 32.5 C; October is the coolest month with an average temperature of 22 C.

There are two distinct seasons, the Dry Season, mid December to May and the Wet or Green Season, June to December.
The wettest month is October with an average of 25 days of rain. The driest month is February with an average of 3 days of rain.

Dry Season, a typical day: AM and PM Clear skies, hot sunny and offshore breeze, very little to no rain.
Rainy or Green season:  AM, Skies slightly overcast, hot, sunny and humid.  PM Afternoon rain, clearing before dark.

Temperatures and rainfall differ substantially from the above at our diving destinations.


About Panama

Recommended reading
Lonely Planet Panama (5th edition Oct/2010)

ISBN 9781741791549

Spanish is the official language but  English is widely spoken at hotels, airports etc.

Money
Panama uses the US $ (here called Balboa) as currency.
$ 100 and $ 50 bills often will not get accepted.
Bring 20′s and smaller.
Major credit cards are widely accepted.

 

Hotels in Panama City Hotels in David
Very Good Plaza Paitilla Inn
double rooms starting at 125 USD, great view
www.plazapaitillainn.com
Very Good Hotel Ciudad de David
Doublé rooms starting at 125 USD
www.hotelciudaddedavid.com/
Good Hotel Bahia Suites
double rooms starting at 70 USD
http://www.hotelbahiasuites.com
Good Hotel Castilla
double room is 40 USD
Tel: (00507) 774 5260
Good Euro Hotel
Double rooms is 60 USD
http://www.eurohotelpanama.com/
Good Hotel Puerta del Sol
double room is 40 USD
(00507) 774 8422