Panama is a dreamland, a corner of the world where there is so much to explore. You will need a lot of time to see, explore and repeat everything.
Panama can be divided into two different climates: that of the Pacific Ocean and of the Caribbean Sea. In the Caribbean Sea zone it rains much more than in the Pacific sea one, regular precipitations are usual throughout the year. The driest season sets between the months of December and April, especially in the area that connects with the Pacific. Still, Panama is a sunny country and the temperatures are mild and remain fairly stable throughout the year with an average temperature of 29 °C (84.2Fº) degrees. In the country’s coldest areas, you do not need any special winter equipment.
Balboa (PAB) and US dollar (USD). The official currency is the Balboa, but since the early nineteenth century its value goes hand in hand with the US dollar. The conversion between the two currencies is very easy even if you have another currency. In the cities and larger towns there are many ATMs and banks. It is best to travel with some cash to cover initial expenses while you look for the best place to exchange your currency. Credit cards are accepted in almost all the city’s businesses, but this system does not work as good in smaller towns. In restaurants you have to check if the tip is included, and if not, you have to add an extra 10%, approximately, on top of the bill’s amount. It is highly recommended that you tip taxi drivers, especially at night.
When to go
Panama is a great destination to visit at any time throughout the year, because it has a tropical climate, although it is preferable to plan a trip during the dry season –late December to April-. During these months less precipitations are recorded, especially in the Pacific coast. Even so, Panama still has very stable temperatures throughout the year: not too hot and not too cold.