Panama has become Central America's hottest destination. Looking beyond the country's famous, century-old canal, an increasing number of travelers are discovering Panama's vast jungles, remote islands, and rain forests filled with exotic birds. Panama City is the exciting, rapidly developing, huba vibrant metropolis with a colonial heart and excellent dining, lodging, and nightlife options, as well as an abundance of easy day-trip opportunities.
-COMPACT FORMAT: Fodor's In Focus Guides are packed with the same coverage of a full-size guidebook in a smaller, more convenient format that's easier to carry.
-COLOR SECTION: Eight pages of gorgeous photographs capture Panama's top attractions and experiences.
-NEW COVERAGE: Panama's recent renaissance has produced scores of terrific new restaurants and hotels, and our writers have selected the best options for a variety of budgets.
-SPECIAL FEATURES: An "If You Like" section identifies popular activities and where to do them, whether it's diving, horseback riding, or exploring ruins. "Panamanian Cuisine" points travelers to signature dishes that showcase the best local flavors. "FAQs" addresses practical concerns, such as safety, currency exchange, and the best place to buy a Panamanian hat. "Living in Panama" discusses the growing community of American expats and gives advice for those who may want to consider Panama as a permanent residence.
-INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Complete itineraries for 5-, 7-, and 10-day visits help travelers navigate the country by car, boat, or plane to ensure they hit all of Panama's highlights. A feature devoted to adventure and learning vacations assesses the best tour operators and covers special considerations such as equipment needs and costs, making it simple to choose the diving, adventure, cultural, or eco trip of a lifetime.
-DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's In Focus Panama offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife.
-INCLUDES: Panama City, the Panama Canal, the Chiriquí Province, Bocas del Toro, the San Blas Islands, and more.
-ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.