Safety in Panama
Maybe you’re wondering if it’s dangerous, or what dangers Panama is hiding.
Well, good news, I consider Panama to be a safe country, but you have to take certain precautions, just like anywhere else.
Panama City is a pretty safe place, but there are areas you should avoid at any time of day, and others, where you have to be a little careful at night.
In Panama City there are two especially dangerous areas.
The first one is so far away from any visitable area that for you, as a tourist, you won’t even know it.
But there is one area that you should keep in mind and be careful, this area is called El Chorrillo.
It is located next to Casco Viejo, so if at any time you notice that the atmosphere changes from one street to another in Casco Viejo, it means that you are not very far from El Chorrillo.
Start once you cross 12th Street West, don’t go in there.
At night the same thing happens, we walked at night in the areas of El Cangrejo and Marbella, as that is where our accommodation was.
The Casco Viejo is also an area of accommodation for tourists, but at night you have to be careful, despite being an area with a lot of surveillance.
Over the rest of the country, the feeling of tranquility and security is absolute.
So you know, enjoy.
If you are wondering about safety in Panama, I have to say that it is safe to travel in the country.
Just like anywhere else, use common sense.
Perhaps the hottest areas are in Panama City and Colon City (not to be confused with Colon in Bocas del Toro).
In the case of Panama City, one area you should not get into is El Chorrillo.
It’s next to Casco Viejo, and it’s not recommended at all, so don’t go there.
The Casco Viejo is a quiet place, and you’ll see that there is plenty of accommodation for tourists there, but at night we did hear that certain precautions had to be taken.
We stayed in the area of Cangrejo and Marbella the days we were in Panama City, we walked at night and we did not feel any sense of danger at any time.
In the case of Colon, it is also a place with a bad reputation, so if you decide to go, move around the tourist areas, and avoid being there at night.
In any case, as I said a little above, always use common sense and take the necessary precautions, as in any other place.
Travel without fear, but with caution.
Travel insurance Panama
I always say, prevention is better than cure, and travel insurance with the little money it costs with respect to travel is worth taking out, because if you have any mishaps, you are covered.
And Panama is not exactly cheap if you have to go to a hospital, a bill can be really high, and end up with your savings.
I wouldn’t risk it.
For a few years now, we have always taken out travel insurance with IATI, the truth is that we have not had any reason to complain, so we continue to recommend it.
If you hire it through this link, you will get a 5% discount.
You can take a look at the following link where we explain in more detail how to hire the best travel insurance to Panama.