ABOUT PANAMA

The strategic location, first world infrastructure, high-class hotels, fine restaurants, shops, renown brands, incredible nightlife and its people, make Panama an ideal destination for holidays, meetings and conventions in Central America.

Currency: Panama is the fifth least expensive capital in the world. The balboa is with the US dollar, one of our official currencies. They have the same value, which means you do not have to exchange money or make currency exchange calculations.

Weather: Our country has tropical climate all year round. Temperatures are relatively high with little variation throughout the year. The temperature is usually lower in the Panamanian Pacific than in our Caribbean coast.

In Panama City temperatures range from 24 ° C (75.2 ° F) and 35 ° C (95 ° F). Upland, temperature are generally low and constant, around 23 ° C (73.4 ° F). Beaches, hot weather, are on average at 31 ° C (87.8 ° F).

Transportation: In Panama you can move more from one place to another taking a taxi, UBER, Metro or Metrobus.

Attractions: Panama presents a list of tourist attractions like the Biomuseo, Center Canal Expansion in Colon, Panama Canal, Casco Viejo, Cinca Coast, cable car Gamboa, Canal Museum, among others.

Gastronomy: A delicious raspao, national drinks, a delicious ceviche seafood market, a stew, lemonade, national beer, tamales, bollo preña’o, salad fair, rice & peas, etc.

Time Zone: Panama is on Eastern Standard Time (EST), but does not follow the daylight saving time. This being the case, Panama is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Panama is also always an hour ahead of Costa Rica. Take note of this when crossing the border between the two countries.

Language: Spanish is the official language. English has a significant presence (14%), fueled by American influence and importance of the canal in the national economy. Besides, indigenous groups retain their own dialects.

Climate: It is humid and tropical sea. In some areas there are dry tropical temperate climate (Highlands) and tropical (Altos de Campana National Park).

There are two seasons: the dry season, known as “summer” (January to March); and the rainy season, known as “winter” (April to December). The pace of Panama is marked by these stations. Dress and use an umbrella according to the season.

Type of voltage: Electricity in Panama uses 110 volts. Electrical equipment uses commonly the Japanese “plug” (the two parallel bars). You can purchase plug adapters in any hardware store, and even small transformers for electrical appliances that do not allow voltage 110.

Tip: In Panama it is accustomed to pay 10% gratuity, or more, depending on customer satisfaction, however there are no regulations on this subject.

For further reference visit our beautiful Panama:

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