Plan your trip to Panama City with these helpful tips:
Visitors can withdraw U.S. dollars (USD) from their U.S. bank accounts in Panama’s ATM machines. ATMs in Panama have a withdrawal limit of USD 500 a day. Bank charges may apply.
Panama has a bus transportation service called Metro Bus. Metro Bus is part of the Metro system that integrates Los Andes County with the city center.
To use the service, you will need to buy a Metrocard and deposit credit in it. Find out more about where to buy the Metrocard (Spanish only). A complete list of routes served by the Metro Bus is available in Spanish here.
Panama City is also home to Hop On-Hop Off City Sightseeing bus services.
Most major car rental companies are present in Panama. Some rental companies can deliver cars to the Country Inn & Suites upon request. Visitors may drive with international licenses for 90 days during their visit.
Use of GPS-assisted mapping is recommended for driving. Guests with smartphones might consider using the Waze or Google Maps apps. Be sure to check roaming costs with your phone company.
The hotel recommends wearing tropical clothing when visiting Panama as Panama City averages a temperature of 31 ºC (88 °F). Rain is sporadic, so a small, foldable umbrella is also recommended.
Panama’s country code is +507. When dialing from the U.S. to Panama, you may need to dial 011 before the country code. For example: 011-507-phone number.
Major credit cards like American Express, Visa and MasterCard are accepted in Panama. Debit cards are not recommended for hotel payment but may be used in other types of purchases without problems.
Although its official currency is the balboa, Panama also uses the U.S. dollar, and it is accepted everywhere. The exchange rate is 1:1.
The Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport (Albrook airport) connects with all major domestic destinations by plane. The most popular of these destinations are Bocas del Toro (in the Caribbean) and Chiriquí (countryside and highlands).
Currently, the airline that serves all these destinations is Air Panama. The Country Inn & Suites is conveniently located minutes away from the Albrook airport.
Panama has one of the most stable economies in Latin America. The country has the highest per capita income in Central America and is considered investment grade by Standard and Poor's, Moody's and Fitch Ratings.
Electricity in Panama is 110 volts–60 cycles.
Free Tourist Insurance
Many tourists do not know that when they travel to Panama they are covered with free health insurance for 30 days. This insurance is provided by the government of Panama. For more information, please visit the Tourist Insurance website.
Free: If you are going to explore Panama’s countryside (“el interior”) by car you can use the free highway to get there. Simply follow your route from the Bridge of the Americas onwards and enjoy your trip.
Paid: There are two toll highways in Panama: Corredor Norte and Corredor Sur. Please check your planned route before driving to see if it is convenient to use them. If so, you will need to buy a card and credit to access the highways. It is possible to purchase credit at any booth on the highways. Use the booths titled “Recarga.”
The hotel is located next to an entrance of Corridor Norte. Guests enjoy easy access to Colón (and the Colón Free Zone), the Pacific Ports and the Panama Canal through this highway.
The official language of Panama is Spanish. Many people understand and/or speak basic English.
The hotel has bilingual staff at the front desk to assist you 24 hours a day.
The Panama Canal is a 48-mile marine canal that connects the Atlantic (Caribbean) Ocean with the Pacific Ocean through a series of channels and three sets of locks. The canal is of great relevance for international commerce and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The Country Inn & Suites offers quick access to this incredible destination.
Panama is a melting pot of great ethnic diversity. Most of the population is of mestizo origins, meaning they are descendants of Indian, African and Spanish heritage. There are also significant contributions from the American, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hindu, Italian, Lebanese and Chinese cultures.
Panama practices a policy of freedom of religion. Most of the population is Roman Catholic. There are also Christian Evangelical, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Seventh-day Adventist, Jehovah's Witness, Anglican and Episcopalian communities.
This hotel is the only one in the area near several places of worship that offer services in English and Spanish.
Panama is also regarded as a shopping destination. The most important malls in Panama City are Albrook Mall, MultiPlaza, MultiCentro and El Dorado Mall.
The hotel is walking distance from El Dorado Mall and minutes away from Albrook Mall, the largest mall in Central America.
Panama charges a Value Added Tax called ITBMS on all purchases and services. The ITBMS tax rate is 7%. Exceptions include hotels at 10% and tobacco derivatives at 15%.
There are two types of taxi services in Panama by law: regular taxis and Special Tourism Taxis (SET).
Regular taxis are painted yellow and have established fares per route in Spanish only. They can be picked up at most busy streets or by phone 24 hours by calling one of several Taxi Centers (“Piqueras” in Spanish).
SET Taxis are white taxi vehicles whose drivers are better trained to serve tourists, and most speak English. SET Taxis are generally more expensive than regular taxis as they offer additional services.
Panama’s time is UTC–5.
The climate in Panama is tropical, with temperatures ranging from 24 °C to 29 °C (75.2 °F - 84.2 °F). Check online for live weather forecasts.