Budget Travel to Panama
The Panama Canal is a top tourist attraction in Panama. (Photo: Paso por el canal image by venecosta27 from Fotolia.com )
Panama, the southernmost country in Central America, is a fascinating place. From the remarkably diverse culture and engineering wonders in Panama City to the palm-lined beaches of Bocas del Toro, Panama offers Latin American hospitality with a unique international flair. Although Panama does not have the fully-developed tourism infrastructure of Costa Rica to the north, it has lower prices and a countryside that is equally lovely. In Panama, prices drop in the low season, which corresponds to the wet season, from June to November.
For the true budget traveler, buses in Panama are the cheapest way to travel. The 12-hour overnight bus from Panama City to Bocas del Toro, for example, is about $25. Buses are good quality and generally have air-conditioning and an on-board bathroom. For travelers with less time, flights in Panama are still relatively cheap. The Aeroperlas flight from Panama City to Bocas del Toro is $105, as of April 2010, and takes one hour. Air Panama also has domestic flights.