Panama Vacation Guide
If you write Panama off as nothing more than a well-known stop for shipping lines, you are missing out on one of Central America's most exciting destinations. There is the all-important canal of course, but leave the cityscape behind and enter an outdoor paradise where you can go snorkelling in the Archipiélago de las Perlas which is brimming with unique marine species, hike in and around the scenic coffee plantations in Boquete, rest your sightseeing-weary feet in the hot springs near Volcan Baru, and for the ultimate in indulgence, check yourself into an all inclusive luxury resort in the Bocas del Toro islands.
Panama is most often lost in the shadow of Costa Rica, but take a chance on booking a vacation here and you will find that Panama is more than able to compete with its more famous neighbour. There are also fewer tourists around, so cheap travel deals are easy to find, and with several hotels offering all inclusive packages and off-season deals, the discounts just keep adding up.
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How to Save on Vacations to Panama
To get the best deals on cheap vacations to Panama all inclusive packages are the way to go. Outdoor activities are plentiful and depending on whether you want to be in the water, on land, or both, you can choose from scuba diving, snorkelling, and jet-ski trips, as well as horseback riding, hiking, and bird watching tours. Including these activities in an all inclusive booking with your flights and accommodation will most likely be much cheaper than if you were to book them once you arrived in Panama. The more options you combine, the bigger your savings.
It also pays to do some research about which areas of the country you'd like to visit. Seasonal weather varies depending on the altitude as well as whether you are on the Pacific or Caribbean coast. Accordingly, the peaks season rates for hotels and outdoor activities also differ. Planning in advance could go a long way in helping you time a shoulder or off-peak season visit, and getting cheap deals on all your travel options.
The country is a haven for anyone who likes to spend time outdoors and if you've booked a Panama vacation to escape the cold weather at home, you probably want to spend as much time in the sun as you possibly can. On the Pacific coast, Panama is warm and dry from December to May, while on the Caribbean side, you're bound to encounter some showers no matter when you visit. Time for visit between New Year's and early May to pack in as much fun in the sun as you possibly can, although the odds are you will pay more for vacations to Panama around this time. For holidays on a stricter budget, brave a few showers and visit in the shoulder season from May to September.