WHAT’S IT COST
Cabins: $85 U.S. per night for two. $510 per week (pay 6 nights, the 7th no charge) Others in cabin, $20 per person additional. No tourism tax charged. Children 5 years or under, no charge.
BED & BREAKFAST:
$65 U.S. double, $50 U.S. single, per night.
Long-term renters welcome. Please inquire.
PANAMA TOURISM – TRAVEL COSTS
Copa Airlines (www.copaair.com) operates direct flights to Panama from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Las Vegas, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, New York, Orlando and Miami. Other airlines serving Panama include American, Delta, LATAM, AeroMexico, Taca, SBA, Air Transat, Spirit Air, and Cubana. Fly from Europe to Panama on Iberia to/from Madrid, Spain; on KLM to/from Amsterdam; Condor to/from Frankfurt.
International flights generally arrive/depart Tocumen International Airport (PTY). National flights with Air Panama arrive/depart Marcos Gelebert airport near Albrook Mall.
Both airlines fly to David, the major city closest to Boquete. Copa Airlines flights to David originate at Tocumen International airport, while Air Panama flights to David originate at Marcos Gelebert airport.
Both Uber and a taxi system operate in Panama City. Taxis are yellow and fares are negotiable. Recently a number of hotels have begun to operate their own courtesy shuttles back and forth between downtown and the airport.
TAXIS IN PANAMA CITY
Catching a cab in Panama City is not a problem. All taxis are colored yellow. Flag one down as they go by. Panama City has a ‘zone fare’ system in place, but most drivers ignore it and charge what the market will bear. However be clear on your fare BEFORE you go. If you speak little Spanish, have someone at your hotel ask the driver.
PANAMA TOURISM – BUS TRANSPORTATION
Buses between Panama city and David operate almost hourly. The fare for the 7-hour trip is in the area of $17 USD per person with no charge for baggage.
Two companies, ‘Panachif’ and ‘Terminales David’ operate from the major bus terminal near Albrook mall. New, comfortable, air-conditioned, bathroom-equipped, 1st class coaches depart almost hourly.
Tica Bus runs daily trips from Panama city to as far north as Guatemala City.