Traveling to Panama on a budget? We can help!




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Find the best deals on flights, where to stay, where to eat, and where to shop, all before you’ve stepped foot in this wonderful Central American country. Here are a few pointers to help get you started.

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When to book your travel to Panama

Traveling smart in Panama during any season requires a certain amount of planning ahead, although, if you need to book last minute, you can still get some great deals. Your best bet for flights is to book about 10 weeks ahead of your scheduled departure. Another good idea is to be flexible about your dates. If you have flexible vacation time, or flexibility in your agenda while in Panama, you will have many more price options for flights and hotels. Typically, the best (and cheapest) days to fly are Tuesdays and Thursdays, and if you’re willing to endure some connecting flights, you can drive the price down even further.

Where to purchase plane tickets and hotel reservations online

You can search pages like CopaAir.com (Panama’s national carrier), or discount sites like Despegar.com, SkyScanner.net, or Orbitz.com to set your price parameters and open dates, and find great deals on flights, hotels or both. You can also use sites like Wherefor.com, which will allow you to put your general budget into a search, and give you a number of flight and hotel options for a variety of dates. Even during busy season, hotels and airline carriers tend to offer great deals through combo packages purchased through 3rd party websites, so if you can book everything all at once, you will more than likely get a much better price.

Booking the right type of accommodation for your budget and location

If you’re looking to travel to Panama this summer, there are many types of options available when it comes to accommodations. The first thing you need to do is choose where in Panama you want to go, and then set aside a budget. A typical hotel in Panama City (during May.- October) will cost you between $50-$200 per night depending on location and luxury. A good median price to shoot for is around $125 per night, and the areas you want to look for are Casco Viejo, El Cangrejo, Ave. Balboa, and Punta Paitilla/Pacifica. In the interior (Boquete, Coronado, El Valle, etc.) hotels tend to be a bit cheaper, however there are many resorts that are competitively priced a bit higher.

Renting a vacation house or apartment

If you’re looking for a different type of experience, or with more space, you can also get a vacation rental through sites like AirBnB.com and VRBO.com. Through these sites (and sites like them) you can rent anything from a room, to an apartment, a house, or a villa. You should note, however, that if you’re planning on traveling to Panama, there are certain restrictions on vacation rentals within Panama City. According to law, the minimum contractual stay at a rental house or apartment is 45 days. Anything less than this time can earn the property owner a fine, however it doesn’t affect the renter in any way.

This doesn’t stop property owners from offering nightly, or weekly accommodations, and the guest is not responsible for any fines or regulations, but it is worth knowing before you book your trip. Traveling to Panama can be a great way to unwind and get away for the winter, and can be an unforgettable experience for all involved. Plus, if you travel smart, you can do it well within your budget, which is a win/win for any experienced traveler.

About POLS Attorneys Staff Writer


As one of the leading Panama Law Firms, and one of the regions most reliable offshore service providers, POLS Attorneys brings a wide range of professional knowledge to our clients needs. Our staff is made up of professional offshore consultants, Panama attorneys and immigration specialists who are experienced in offshore business, understand international investment and asset protection strategies, and are experts in providing a seamless Panama immigration process.

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