Tips and Safety
Packing: Insect repellent, sunscreen, and sunglasses are essential to help protect you from the relentless sun and persistent mosquitoes. Panama's rainy season lasts from mid-April to December, and rain is common at other times, too, so a foldable umbrella or waterproof jacket is advisable.
Trouble Spots: Poorer neighborhoods in the capital (shaded on our Panama City maps), the city of Colón (other than the Colón 2000 cruise port, the free zone, the train station, and the hotels we list), and the border area with Colombia in the Darién are best avoided. Using standard travel precautions, the majority of visitors have a hassle-free trip here.