Panama is a diverse country; the most amazing tropical islands, surf beaches, jungle and rainforest, mountains with coffee and of course the Panama Canal and the cosmopolitan capital Panama City. No reason not to visit this beautiful country. The country neighbor Costa Rica is much more visited then Panama in my view, but Panama is definitely not less worth to visit. See here the route I did with all the varieties within the route.
Sailing San Blas Islands: 4 nights
Hiking with Coffee in Boquete: 2 nights
Island Hopping in Bocas del Toro: 7 nights
I know this is a lot of beach in this route, but you know me a beach girl! You can plan less days at the beach and add the Parque Nacional Soberanía famous for birdwatching near the Panama Canal in your route or anything of your choice.
To travel this route I used an internal flight, the public buses, mini vans of the tour operators, boats, more boats, bikes and of course my feet. The internal flight with Air Panama I booked in advance, to be sure of the right timing back to the Netherlands with KLM. The busses I booked only a day in advance or the same day, the same with the tours and minibuses. Only the San Blas Islands I booked via internet in advance.
The currency used in Panama is the $ USD and the Panamanian Balboa (PAB, I shorten it to a B) which is the same value as the USD.
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