Panama City, Panama Travel Guide

Last Updated: Jan 2024

Panama City is gaining a lot of traction with travelers as a cheaper alternative to Costa Rica that offers much more history and culture in addition to a tropical setting. It’s true that costs are generally lower than in Costa Rica, but that may not last much longer if this surge in popularity continues.

Panama City Facts

Population 820,000
Area 1,200,000
Timezone UTC-5
Currency US dollar
Airports Tocumen International Airport (PTY)

Where to eat and drink in Panama City

Budget breakfastIf your hotel doesn't include breakfast you can find cheap cafes and sandwich shops easily.$2.00 - $5.00
Budget lunchThe fish market area is an experience and a great place for a cheap freshly-caught lunch.$4.00 - $7.00
Budget dinnerAssuming you want a proper sit-down meal, avoid tourist places with English menus for the best deals.$7.00 - $11.00
Beer (.33l bottle)Cold bottles of local lager are everywhere, cheap at the fish market and more expensive in real bars.$1.00 - $3.00
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When to visit Panama City

Temperature and rainfall

Month High F Low F Precip (inches)

Panama City Weather advice

Sunrise and sunset

21 Mar6:22am6:29pm
21 Jun6:00am6:39pm
21 Sep6:07am6:15pm
21 Dec6:28am6:04pm

Where to stay in Panama City

Panama City Hotel Seasons

Panama City Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar17.00 - 44.00
starstarstarstarstar50.00 - 66.00
starstarstarstarstar66.00 - 117.00
starstarstarstarstar75.00 - 178.00
starstarstarstarstar175.00 - 229.00
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Panama City Hostel Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed10.00 - 14.00

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