I travelled to Panama in January for two weeks and felt this was a great amount of time for seeing a substantial amount of what this beautiful country has to offer. I planned my trip to ensure I saw a selection of different areas of the Panama, from beaches, jungle and city. I’m excited to share the itinerary that I planned and took, which I hope will help you save some time in your own travel plans.
Perfect Panama Itinerary for Two Weeks
PANAMA CITY (2 nights)
Spend 2 nights in Panama City, you’ll probably come back here so this is all you need to start with. I flew in to Tocumen Airport and got an Uber to my hostel. The best area to stay is Casco Viejo and I opted for Luna’s Castle hostel. You can check out my hostel recommendation article here.
SAN BLAS ISLANDS (3 nights)
Next, I travelled to the San Blas Islands and booked a tour with Cacique Cruiser, which I organised before arriving through Luna’s Castle hostel, making the process very simple. This is a great tour if you’re on a budget and was perfect for me as a solo backpacker. I spent 4 days and 3 nights on the islands and this was the ideal amount of time to soak up the sun, meet the local people and switch off from the outside world.
PANAMA CITY (1 night)
I returned to Panama City for 1 night and prepare my bags for the next part of my journey to Bocas Del Toro. I stayed at Luna’s Castle again, as I knew I would be comfortable in my surroundings from staying here at the start of my trip.
BOCAS DEL TORO (6 nights)
The next morning I flew to Bocas Del Toro from Panama City’s small airport, Paitilla. The airport is only 15 minutes from Casa Viejo and the flight will cost around £100 one way. I chose to fly, but you can book an overnight bus if you would prefer to keep costs to a minimum.
I spent a fair bit of my trip in Bocas Del Toro with 4 nights at Bocas Town and 2 nights at Red Frog Beach. You could cut this down to just 2 nights in town but I wanted to make the most of the beach.
I stayed in both Selina Red Frog and Selina Bocas Town, which both made the list for my top hostels in Panama.
I booked a shuttle through Selina hostel to get to Boquete. It was very reasonably priced and had air conditioning in the van, which made the journey very comfortable. Ask the staff at Selina for more information and they’ll be able to book onward journeys for you. The shuttle left at around 1pm and took about 6 hours.
BOQUETE (2 nights)
I spent 2 nights in Boquete but I actually would have liked to have stayed longer here. I added Boquete on as a last minute addition, but I think 3 or 4 nights would have been much better.
I stayed at Bambuda Lodge, in a private room as a birthday treat to myself, however they do have great dorm rooms if you’re on a budget. The hostel has gorgeous views, an indoor swimming pool and hot tub. The food is also fantastic, so you could just hang out there and enjoy time relaxing.
While there I went horse riding, hiked to some beautiful waterfalls and chilled out reading my book at the hostel.
I booked a taxi from the hostel to the airport at David, which cost me $30 however you can get the local bus to David if you want to save some money.
PANAMA CITY (1 night)
I flew from David to Panama City as I wanted to make this trip a little more comfortable given that I only had 2 weeks, but you can also book an overnight bus if you would prefer.
The flight took 45 minutes and I arrived back at Paitilla airport in Panama City and jumped in a taxi to the hotel. I stayed at Hotel Casa, which was incredible value for money. They also have a rooftop bar with live music and views that look over Casa Viejo. I booked this hotel as I wanted to be close to Luna’s Hostel due to feel safe in that neighborhood.
Safe Travels x