Panama With Kids: Blog Posts
See below links to all the blog posts and videos in the Panama With Kids series. To be notified of any new posts, please follow @farflunglands on social media and/or sign up to my newsletter (links in header & footer).
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Family Hotel Review: Yandup Island Lodge, San Blas, Panama
Family Hotel Review: Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Gamboa, Panama
El Valle de Anton
Family Hotel Review: Casa Mariposa, El Valle de Anton, Panama
Family Hotel Review: Riverside Inn, Boquete, Panama
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Panama With Kids: Why You’ll Love It
- Relatively undiscovered: Positioned next door to Costa Rica, Panama is Central America’s best kept secret
- Easy and Safe: Best known for the Panama Canal (2014 marked the 100th anniversary of this engineering marvel), the country is a wonderful introduction to Latin America and a safe and easy place to explore as a family.
- Nature & Wildlife: The country is home to diverse and unique ecosystems (it has more species of birds than the USA and Canada combined!) and has some of the world’s most accessible rainforests.
- Beaches: Panama has a number of pristine beaches on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. At the country’s narrowest point, it’s only a 2.5 hour drive between the two.
- Culture: In Panama City the UNESCO protected Casco Viejo, the atmospheric old quarter, is a fun place to visit. It’s being gentrified at a great pace and is now home to excellent restaurants, lively bars and boutique shops. In Panama you’ll also find no less than seven Indigenous cultures, each with its own traditions and artworks.
- Food & Drink: Coffee lovers will find coffee plantations aplenty in the highlands. ‘Panama’ itself means an ‘abundance of fish’ and some of the common fish dishes include ceviche, sea bass, red snapper and lobster.
- Adventure: Families looking for off-the-beaten-path experiences can go zip lining, horse riding or white water rafting in the highlands. For a castaway experience, adventurous families will love exploring the magical San Blas Islands by boat.
Panama With Kids: Why The Kids Will Love It
- Comfortable & Easy: If you’re looking to ease the family into Latin America then Panama is the place to do it. This Central American country is safe, easy to travel around and with lots to see and do.
- Nature: The country’s wildlife is incredible and the flora and fauna play a staring role in any Panama trip. This region is more biodiverse than almost anywhere else on earth; Panama boasts 125 endemic animal species, 218 mammal species, 226 reptiles and 950 birds. At times it feels like you could spot almost any tropical animal in the world here, from iguanas and capuchin monkeys to anteaters, boa constrictors, armadillos and the rare Quetzal. Not to mention the whales, dolphins, tropical fish and more that call the oceans home.
- Educational: Bring history lessons to life with a visit to the Panama Canal, an incredible system of locks and artificial lakes, or by spotting the rusted cannons once used as defence against pirate attacks. Also in Panama City is the spectacular Biomuseo, a child-friendly museum that explores how Panama bridged the two Americas.
- Action & Adventure: Further afield there are pristine islands and jungly hills, nature reserves and vibrant rain forests, beautiful beaches and surf breaks and action-packed adventures to suit the most adrenaline-charged kids. It’s an awe-inspiring place for children.
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Panama With Kids: When To Go
High Season: mid Dec – April is the dry season and considered the best time to visit most regions of Panama.
Rainy Season: April to December marks the rainy season with short and heavy downpours.
National Holidays: The main holidays for Panamanians are Easter, November festivals, Christmas and New Year. If planning to travel over these periods, make sure to book hotels well in advance (and be aware that hotel rates will increase during these periods).
Panama with Kids: FAQ
Capital: Panama City
Time: GMT – 05:00
Language: Spanish is the main language spoken.
Voltage: 110 v
Visas for Panama
Visa requirements vary by nationality and sometimes change. If you are planning on visiting Panama we advise checking with the Panamanian embassy or consulate in your own country for the latest information. Panama Embassy in London, UK Panama Consulate in London, UK The Embassy of Panama in Washington DC, USA
Health & Vaccinations for Panama
Visitors need to take special precautions against illnesses not normally encountered at home. Contact your doctor well in advance of your departure date to ensure that you receive all the necessary vaccinations. Country specific information and advice is published by Travel Health Pro. Bring any medication with you in its original, labelled container. A signed prescription note from your doctor is useful to have. Pharmacies are wide spread and stock the basic essentials. Private medical care is available in most major cities whereas facilities in remote areas, such as the San Blas Islands, can be very limited. See the NHS’s fitfortravel website for further advice.
Getting There: Airlines
Panama City’s International airport is Tocumen International Airport (PTY), approx 35km north-east of the city. The flight time from London, U.K. is 11 hours. A list of airlines serving PTY.
Currency in Panama
Panama uses the US dollar (known locally as ‘the balboa’) as its currency. ATMS are found in most towns and cities and credit cards are accepted.
Most of Panama is very safe. The one exception is the border region between Panama and Colombia, which is considered dangerous due to Colombian rebel groups and drug traffickers. Some neighbourhoods in Panama City are better avoided, in particular El Chorrillo, Curundu and El Marañón. The old quarter, Casco Viejo (also called San Felipe), has traditionally had a bad reputation but is gentrifying rapidly and is perfectly safe to visit during the day time. At night, the main streets and plazas, as well as the district of bars and restaurants toward the point, are also safe, but visitors should exercise caution as they move north along Avenida Central towards El Chorillo. Please consult your own government’s travel advisory for safety advice such as fco.gov.uk
Dress in Panama
Anything goes dress wise! Bring a pair of long trousers if you are worried about mosquito bites, and some walking shoes for jungle treks. The sun can be very strong and we recommend bringing a high factor suncream as well as UV rash vests for swimming. You can buy a Panama hat on arrival!
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