Panama for families?

Old Aug 1, 19, 11:15 pm
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Panama for families?

My fam of 4, incl two kids 10 & 7, are considering a trip to Panama next March.
Wondering about Panama being suitable for us. We like to hike, beach, snorkel, eat local food, bike, etc.
Curious if Panama has enough 'stuff' of interest to us, and how accessible it is.
Also, safety is huge for us. We are smart travelers, but not interested in having to worry about being safe when out and about, or driving down the highway. Too many other places to visit to deal with that.

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Old Aug 2, 19, 7:42 am
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I'll start by saying I don't have kids.

Panama is very safe and accessible. Of course, like anywhere, probably even where you live, there are places you'll want to avoid (such as Colon or certain parts of Panama City), but you shouldn't expect any problems in Panama. It's a stable country with good infrastructure. I'm sure your kids would enjoy the canal, especially one of the boat tours where you'll see various monkeys, sloths, and other wildlife. And the San Blas Islands might be fun. There are a few bigger beach resorts in Panama as well, but probably not as many as you might expect.

Having been to both a few times, my impression is that the tourism industry in Panama is not nearly as mature as somewhere like Costa Rica, and not geared as much toward kids. I'm not saying don't consider it, because it's a fantastic country. But do your research for the areas you're interested in and make sure you can find the types of hotels your family needs, and that you'll have access the tourism amenities you might be used to -- for example, there are some fantastic beaches in Panama but don't expect them all to be built up with restaurants and places renting surf boards and snorkeling gear.
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Old Aug 3, 19, 11:00 am
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I'll start by saying I do have kids.

And I live in Panama. Yes, all those activities are available. And yes, it's safe and very accessible. The post above is spot-on. The only thing about your list is those activities are not found all in one place, as in, you can't check into a single hotel and experience the best that Panama can offer,if that is your intention. There is the Canal and Gamboa here in the City. There are a ton of beach hotels and Anton about 2 hours west of the city on the Pacific side, but the beaches and sea are mediocre. The beaches and snorkeling are spectacular in San Blas, 2 hours east of the city on the Caribbean side, but it has little hotel infrastructure there.

March is a good time to visit weather-wise.
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