About Panama - Panama Tourism Facts

In an era of “try it before you buy it”, nothing could be truer than the decision-making process of someone nearing retirement. As more retirees seek to leave the high cost of living in Europe and the United States, the lure of countries such as Panama has become apparent. If fact, Panamanian tourism has now enjoyed a period of extended growth and offers very appealing benefits to retirees. Knowing the tourism facts of Panama can be all it takes for tourists planning that fact-finding, Panamanian trip to decide to visit this tropical paradise. These are among the interesting tourism facts on Panama:

• Time Zone – Minus Daylight Savings Time, Panama is in the same time zone as New York and Washington DC, an important fact for the Panamanian tourist from the US.

• Currency – While the national currency is the Balboa, Panama does not print its own paper money. The United States Dollar is the paper money there, as it has been for over one hundred years. Therefore, for visitors from the US, no currency exchange is necessary; which is a welcomed tourism fact of Panama. Panama has coinage, but the denominations are identical to those in the US, and are accepted interchangeably. It is wise to avoid using denominations larger than $20; with Panama’s fight against money laundering, it is difficult to change larger bills and many places require signature and passport numbers for anyone wanting to do so.

• Entry requirements – For much of Europe, a valid passport and an onward ticket are the only requirements for entry. For most of the Western Hemisphere, including the US, these items, plus a tourist card, are required. This card costs $5.00 and can be purchased upon entry into the country. Visitors are allowed to stay for 90 days, although this can be extended up to one year by meeting certain requirements and applying at an immigration office in Panama City, David, or Chitre. It is wise to check with either the airline or embassy prior to departure for any additional tourism facts about Panama.

• Methods of travel to Panama – As the land bridge between two continents and the division of two oceans, one can obviously visit Panama by boat. Land crossing is only possible in three locations from Costa Rica; there are no land crossings with Panama’s southern neighbor, Columbia. The most common means of transportation are via air, with Panama City being an excellent international hub. There are domestic flights to the provinces, and these flights are assessed by the US FAA and are in compliance with international standards. The fact is Panamanian tourists enjoy air travel very similar to the US.

• Travels inside Panama – The domestic flights provide excellent travel within Panama, as do numerous bus lines. Once in the cities, it is wise to review travel requirements because the cost of rental cars is quite high and travel in the cities can be an adventure for people from the US and Europe. There are modestly priced city buses, and a large number of reasonably priced taxis. It is common for taxis to use their horn to inform potential fares that they are available.

• Modern Comforts – ATMs and credit cards becoming commonplace and easy to use. Most ATMs are compatible with the providers in the US. The standard electricity is 110v, with the same outlets as found in the USA. Such Panamanian tourism facts make spending time in Panama very easy.

• The major events in Panama are Easter celebrations, highlighted by Carnaval, and Independence Day, which has celebrations from November 2nd to the 4th. There are many regional fairs and festivals, including the October 21st Festival of the Black Christ in Portobelo. This festival includes a parade of a famous, life-sized status of the Black Christ and it attracts pilgrims from all over the country.

• Things to see – The Panama Canal, one of the modern wonders of the world, and its Miraflores Locks are a must-see. Panama City is the only city in the world with a tropical rain forest inside of its borders. The ancient ruins of “Panama La Vieja” (old Panama) are also in Panama City. The “Zona Libre” is the second largest free-trade zone in the world, after Hong Kong. There are numerous world-class beaches (location of the TV show “Survivor” for 12 countries) and trips to the interior feature such sights as the extinct volcano, Volcan Baru, and the mountain town of Bouquete. Water sports, wildlife, and unique plant life abound in this tropical paradise.

All in all, Panama is not only an incredible tropical paradise; it is an adventure for the tourist to absorb all that this unique country has to offer.Many are choosing to invest in Panama and buy property With all of the interesting facts about tourism in Panama, it is no surprise that many people come for a visit, but stay for a lifetime!
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