I am new here and wanted to share my travel experiences in January/Feb in Panama. I live in Oregon and escape the cold mountain weather here every year by flying down to Panama..I have gotten lucky with airfares especially with spirit but it is a long flight that stops in Detroit and gets to Panama City at 2AM..but no problem I love to save money..usually when i get in I head straight for the bus station, its safe there in the middle of the night and a taxi will cost about $20 from the international airport, here is a link to info on the bus station -snip- If you dont want to get out of town fast there are two great backpackers hostels that I love one is Mamallenas and the other is Luna's Castle. Both easy to find on google search..Panama City is a blast, there is a lot of nightlife and the Casco Viejo or old quarter is lovely and fun..as for me i like to get to the beach, my nearest and favorite is Playa San Carlos about 2.5 hours outside of Panama City,, the bus drops me on the Pan American Highway and I walk in, there are several cheap and mid priced options there..after a few days of sun I head to Chiriqui province, all throughout the months of January and February there are many 'Patron Saint' Fairs and feasts, each small city and large city have huge fairs that feature amazing parties at night, the rum and beer rum freely and cheaply all night as people dance to reggaeton, salsa, tipica (panama folk style) merengue and rock..
admission is usually $1 and beers and rum are a dollar or less, prices all over panama for food and drink and sleep are very cheap about 1/2 the price of Costa Rica. usually I base in David Panama, I will stay at -snip- a backpackers hostel with a pool and spa services and an amazing fruit and flower garden..David is a great small city with casinos late night dining and clubs and most importantly baseball! I attend the minor league games where admission is $2, and beers are less than a buck. It is a lot of fun and the Chiricanos love baseball, during the day i head to the hot springs at caldera about 45 minutes outside of town the healing waters really work and cure a lot of ailments. Other days i will head to the beach called Barqueta and body surf in the rough waters, or head to the many rivers just outside of town..
Another great side trip is to boquete a breathtaking mountain village and land of the eternal spring, it features a quaint village and hiking trails and loads of coffee plantations..
All for now i will write more about Chiriqui and bocas del toro province in the near future
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[ Edit: Edited on 30-Dec-2010, at 16:54 by 420247 Sorry, no promos please. ]