Here's a guide to help you navigate the region:
Car Rental Agencies: Tocumen International Airport hosts several car rental agencies. It's always a good idea to book in advance, especially during peak seasons.
Documentation: Carry both your home country's valid driving license and an International Driving Permit (IDP). Some rental agencies may require the IDP.
Insurance: Comprehensive insurance is recommended. Ensure you're aware of all coverage details provided by the rental agency.
Vehicle Inspection: Before you drive off, inspect the car for any damages and ensure these are documented on the rental agreement.
Drive on the Right: In Panama, you drive on the right side of the road.
Seat Belts: They are mandatory for all passengers.
Alcohol: The legal limit is 0.08%, but it's recommended to avoid drinking and driving altogether.
Parking: In Panama City, parking can be challenging, especially during business hours. Look for designated parking areas.
Road Conditions: While main roads and highways are in good condition, secondary roads might have potholes or be in less optimal states.
Traffic: Traffic in Panama City can be heavy, especially during rush hours. Be prepared for unexpected traffic jams.
Navigation: A GPS or navigation app like Google Maps or Waze can be beneficial in navigating the city and surrounding regions.
From Tocumen International Airport:
Panama Viejo: These are the ruins of the original Panama City, sacked by the pirate Henry Morgan in 1671. It's about a 15-20 minute drive (12 km) from the airport.
Casco Viejo: Panama City's historic district, filled with colonial architecture, plazas, churches, and restaurants. It's roughly a 25-30 minute drive (20 km) from the airport.
Miraflores Locks: This is the most accessible lock on the Panama Canal and features a museum detailing the canal's history. It's approximately a 30-35 minute drive (27 km) from the airport.
Amador Causeway: A narrow land-bridge, built with rocks excavated during the construction of the Panama Canal. It offers excellent views of the city skyline and the canal entrance. It's about a 30-35 minute drive (25 km) from the airport.
Metropolitan Natural Park: A tropical forest reserve offering hiking trails and panoramic views of Panama City. The drive is roughly 30-35 minutes (25 km) from the airport.
Soberanía National Park: Located on the eastern banks of the Panama Canal, it's a great place for bird watching and hiking. The drive is around 45-50 minutes (40 km) from the airport.
Documentation: Always have your driving license, IDP, rental agreement, and passport on hand when driving.
Tolls: Some highways, like the Corredor Sur, which connects the airport to the city, are toll roads. Ensure you have some local currency (Panamanian balboa) for these.
Stay Alert: Like in any other major city, always be alert to your surroundings, and it's best not to leave valuables visible in your parked car.
With these guidelines and recommendations, you should be well-prepared for your driving adventure in and around Panama City! Safe travels!
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