Miami of the South
The Southernmost country on the Central American isthmus, Panama has always had a vibrant, multi-faceted culture. Since the construction of the Panama Canal, it has also been an industrially significant country with economic clout and a booming tourist industry. From Caribbean beaches to Pacific breaks, hiking adventures to sparkling nightlife, Panama City’s surroundings have got something for everyone, which explains why it has become such a popular destination for backpacking breaks in recent years.
A backpacking holiday in Panama City offers scope for a fantastic adventure and is also an inexpensive way of experiencing the city’s wealth of culture and natural beauty.
Panama City has many cheap and efficient hostels for those on backpacking holidays on a budget and a great wealth of options for accommodation, in a wide choice of locations and standards. The city centre houses the largest selection of affordable places to stay but others in places like San Felipe are also highly recommended. The average price to expect for a reasonable dorm bed is around $15, although this will rise during the peak summer period. For cheap and more secluded beach locales choose to Isla Taboga, only a short ferry ride away, while those seeking hostels in the heart of the popular nightspots and close to creature comforts should head for Calidonia, La Exposicon and El Cangrejo.
Excellent transport links make the city a useful starting point for backpackers in Panama to explore the beautiful surrounding hinterland around Panama Veijo, pristine beaches of Colon and stunning other wildlife hotspots that litter Panama and the nearby Pacific and Caribbean coastline.