The most popular time to travel to Panama is during the country’s dry season. From December to March, tourists from Europe and North America flock here to soak up the warm weather. If you’re planning a trip around this period, you’ll want to book your flights and accommodation well in advance.
For budget travelers, the best time to visit Panama is during the wet season. From April to November, the rain helps to break the heat of the day and the country’s landscapes are a vibrant green.
Panama is beautiful year-round!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Language: The official language in Panama is Spanish.
Currency: The currency in Panama is the Balboa (PAB), but the US Dollar is used as well.
Credit Cards and ATMs: Panama is mainly a cash economy. You can only use your credit cards at select hotels, shops, and restaurants. While there are a fair number of ATMs in Panama City, you’ll struggle to find machines the further you travel from the city. It’s always a good idea to carry cash on you, especially small bills.
Plugs: The plugs in Panama are types A and B. The standard voltage is 110 V, and the standard frequency is 60Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hairdryers and hot tools.
Safety: Theft and muggings are something you’ll need to watch out for in Panama. Be smart and avoid carrying all your money in one place and ask your hotel about which areas you should avoid. If you’re going hiking, take extra precautions. Hikers have been known to get lost due to landslides and storms that make it difficult to follow the trails.