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This Central American country shares a coastline with both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific. There’s nothing like a holiday in Panama! Most all international flights touch down in Panama City at Tocumen International Airport (PTY). From London try Condor, KLM, Delta Air Lines, Air France or British Airways.
Panama enjoys consistently good weather year-round thanks to its position right above the equator. “Winter” or rainy season falls from May to November. Summer is from December to April. Book your flights to Panama at least 6 months in advance.
Flights to Panama take at least 14 hours with a stopover from London.
Panama is one of the most popular destinations in this part of the world thanks to its varied coastlines, vibrant urban cities, mountains and rain forests. Panama City is a polished cosmopolitan city, not unlike Miami. From city slicker to jungle explorer, here’s what to see and do in Panama.
Panama City: The capital has three parts to it: new city, old city and the original colonial city. What to see? The Panama Canal for one, Casco Viejo for some beautiful colonial style buildings, Panama Viejo to see the city ruins that were ransacked by the pirate Henry Morgan in the 1600s and the Amador Causeway.
Coiba National Park: Often referred to as the Galapagos of Central America, this park is full of rare species both on land and in the water. It’s a great place to scuba dive and snorkel. This is a must-stop for any adventurous traveller.
Gulf of Chiriqui: This area has some of the best whale watching in the region. Boquete is the nearest city. Plan to visit between August and October for your chance to see the humpback whales on their seasonal migration. Hammerhead sharks, dolphins and sea turtles all abound.
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There are few generalisations to make about Panama hotels, they’re as diverse and the country’s landscapes. Panama City has luxurious digs without the usual price tag while Casco Vieja has some unusual and charming boutique hotels. Out of the capital there are plenty of island cabanas, ecolodges, artsy casitas and hostels.