Panama is one of the most underrated travel destinations in the world and an incredible country to experience for yourself on vacation. Many people wonder, “Is Panama a nice place to visit?” and the answer is absolutely yes!

Here’s what you should know about taking a trip to Panama and how to prepare for an upcoming vacation here.

Traveling to Panama

Most people travel to Panama by plane and arrive via international flight to the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. From the U.S., most flights to Panama are routed through the airports in Atlanta, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Miami. However, you can also access Panama by land from Costa Rica if you are already in Central America.

Safety in Panama

Travel in Panama is generally safe for tourists and a popular destination among solo travelers. As with any travel in an unfamiliar country, it is best to stay alert to avoid encounters with pickpockets and scams. There are certain areas that locals recommend staying away from as a first-time tourist, such as the border region between Panama and Colombia. However, the main streets and plazas filled with restaurants and bars are typically safe in Panama, and public transportation here is also safe and reliable.

Also, when you book a trip with the Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge, we offer Global Rescue travel protection to keep you safe in case of an emergency situation.

Top Things to Do in Panama

Sport fishing is our favorite thing to do in Panama, but there is also a lot more to explore throughout the country.

Here are some examples:

  • Panama Canal
  • Old Town in Panama City
  • Bocas del Toro beaches
  • Boquete, a mountain town getaway
  • Surfing at Santa Catalina
  • Guna Yala Islands

Culture in Panama

Panama has a very welcoming atmosphere and lovely weather to accompany the many things to do in this small country. It’s a very affordable, Spanish-speaking country where English is commonly spoken as well. The national parks, nature tours, and historical attractions are easily accessible, while the main currency used here is the U.S. dollar. Whether you’re looking for a beach, stunning nature hikes, nightlife, delicious local cuisine, or to learn about history, you are sure to find it in Panama.

Let Us Introduce You to Panama

By far, one of the best experiences you can have in Panama is to go sport fishing with us and stay at our unique Panama sport fishing lodge. We offer a remote tropical island experience and are the closest fishing lodge in the country to all the offshore fishing action at Hannibal Bank and Isla Montuosa. Our local expertise goes beyond just fishing, so we can offer you lots of tips and advice about how to best get around Panama and all the must-do things to see and experience while you’re here.

Send us a message to start planning your trip or to ask us any questions about Panama travel. We can’t wait to meet you and show you around!