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1. Posted by gengis (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

staying in panama for 6 weeks,was wondering what the roads are like for driving,as i would be exploring most off the beaches looking for places to surf and stay:

2. Posted by i c e (Full Member 326 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Have you been to Latin America before? They are like most Latin Countries. terrible. haha. compared to what we are used to in the US or GB but they are still easily drivable.

Just loads of potholes and breaks and all. Panama is not that bad. Easily get anywhere.just figure 35mph on average to save your vehicle.

Some parts are much better and like the States but they are not everywhere.


3. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

The roads in Panama are not that bad at all. Some of the best in Latin America and should not be a problem.

4. Posted by way2goeh (Full Member 159 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I have been to Panama many times and the roads are good. The highways is very good but not great. There are few potholes, especially if you compare to the pothole capital of the world (Montreal). If you are renting a car there, you can afford to get a SUV as rental rates are extremely cheap especially Thrifty ( check specials for panama). the only negative is if you drive at night and its raining. Closer to Boca del toro, the conditions of the road lessens. I wont worry about it at all :)

5. Posted by gchristian (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Dear Gengis, roads in Panama are Ok, not the best but not full of potholes all over. Bocas del Toro offers great surfing on the Caribbean, but also in Azuero Peninsula, Veraguas and Chiriqui you can find great surf.
Enjoy your stay in Panama