|Origin||Destination||Travel Dates||Flights From*|
|FLL||Tocumen||Oct 25 - Nov 1||$230|
|EWR||Tocumen||Oct 25 - Nov 5||$232|
|ATL||Tocumen||Oct 25 - Nov 7||$260|
|SJO||Tocumen||Oct 25 - Oct 27||$309|
|MIA||Tocumen||Oct 25 - Nov 2||$353|
|LAX||Tocumen||Oct 24 - Nov 2||$440|
|MEX||Tocumen||Oct 24 - Nov 12||$480|
|JFK||Tocumen||Oct 24 - Oct 31||$822|
|FCO||Tocumen||Oct 25 - Oct 26||$6,047|
Fly to the snake of land that divides Central America from South America and you’ll discover more than the eponymous canal that has made Panama such an important travel destination. There’s the excitement and multicultural exuberance of Panama City, rainforests, remote beaches and a lot more besides in the bubbling, melting pot of Panama.
Squeezing itself in a horizontal stretch sandwiched by the seventh and ninth degrees north of the equator, Panama has a tropical climate. Things can get very hot and humid in the lowlands but if you are visiting the highlands be prepared for more than a little chill as the sun sets.
It’s the shorter dry season, from late December to the end of April, that provides Panama with its peak season and you can expect the price of flights to peak at this time too.
You can avoid the crowds and the mark-ups in the rainy season, from May to December, but there is a climatic price to pay. In the mountains and rainforests peaks are clouded and walking tracks hard going thanks to the downpours. However, on the Pacific coast, the rains may be frequent but they are short-lived. You can grab a bargain flight to the beach and enjoy many sun-filled spells.
Having said this, if it’s the Caribbean coast you are heading for, you should be aware that there is twice as much rain here as the Pacific, even during the so-called dry season. March and October are the best months for those looking to enjoy the delights of Bocas del Toro.
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Panama’s Tocumen Airport is the largest and most important airport in Panama (and in Central America as a whole). The home of Copa Airlines (a member of Star Alliance), is in a seemingly constant state of expansion and upgrades – and it just gets better every year.
The airport is popular for connections between the Caribbean, South America, North America and Central America.
Tocumen is located about 30 minutes from Panama’s downtown center, and arriving by taxi, shuttle or rental car is manageable among the adjacent toll road, Corredor Sur.
The buses that are available for $0.25 (un cuara) to downtown are recommended for only the most adventurous of travelers.
Carriers offering direct flights to Panama from US airports include:
With its well-maintained infrastructure and compact size, Panama is easy to travel around.
If you’re short on time domestic flights to destinations like Bocas del Toro, David and the villages of Guna Yala are worth considering. Colon is reached easily by car, taxi, bus or train from Panama City.
For domestic flights within Panama, the most important airport is Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport, usually referred to as Albrook Airport. It’s adjacent to the massive Albrook Mall, where the capital’s main bus terminal is located.
Rental cars are readily available and taxis widely available. If you are only staying in Panama City you won’t need a car and the infamously heavy traffic here can be frustrating.
Panama’s legendary buses — the Diablo Rojo, or Red Devil — are former American school buses painted in bright colors and kitted out with a salsa-blaring sound system. They are great fun to ride and complemented by the modern MetroBuses within Panama City and long-distance, air-conditioned buses throughout the country.
Panama City is home to Central America’s first modern subway system, and the Metro offers an impressively efficient way to traverse the capital. The Panama Canal Railway follows the canal from the capital to Colon, on the Caribbean coast.
You can also cruise the canal by boat aboard the Pacific Queen, a 300-passenger cruiser with excellent facilities. The full tour, runs from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean, and takes about eight hours.
With a mix of very old and strikingly contemporary, few cities in Latin America can match the diversity and cosmopolitanism of the capital. Casco Viejo is a Unesco World Heritage Site while downtown is mainly devoted to modern commerce.
Stretching 50 miles from Panama City in the south to Colón in the north, this work of engineering brilliance historically cost thousands of lives to create and remains of critical importance for trade routes today.
Bocas del Toro
The mangroves, beaches and coral reefs of Bocas del Toro, named after the shape of the land resembling a bull’s mouth, offer laid-back Caribbean vibes and watersports aplenty.
El Valle de Anton
Small-town charm and beautiful scenery make El Valle de Anton, a town in the Cocle province, a great place to bike or hike through verdant hills and lush forests.
Make sure you try the national dish of sancocho, a chicken soup made with yuca, plantains and root vegetables that are distinctively flavored with the pungent, coriander-like cilantro herb.